Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sabena: Brussels-Niamey, 1987

Sabena's First Flight to Brussels from Niamey has been featured before, as the route was launched not only in 1987, as shown here, but also in 1968. The occasional nature of the service reflects the ebb and flow of African economic prosperity, specifically the price of uranium, when considering Niger.

This busy envelope isn't much for inspired graphics, even the lightly-impressed cancellation stamp lacks any illustration. Whoever sent the envelope along to Niamey was diligent enough to note that the SN435 flight was operated with an A310, which is helpful to record, although there is no mention if the service was direct, or stopped in North Africa or elsewhere on its trans-Saharan voyage.

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