Friday, June 22, 2012
British Airways: Geneva-Nairobi, 1976
British Airways had long been serving Nairobi before 1976. What is unusual about this envelope, decorated with stock illustrations of East African wildlife, is the service of a BA jumbo jet on the route from Switzerland to East Africa. The B747 can make the journey from Heathrow without any intermediate stop, but this must have been a compelling strategic schedule change for BA, perhaps ferrying UN staff from Geneva to its regional operations in Kenya (note the United Nations postmarks).