Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cathay Pacific: Systemwide Network, 1975

Another vintage gem from the incredible collection of Flickr user caribb, a relic from many decades ago, when the British crown's oriental outpost was home to but a small, regional carrier.

This Swire-green map with its thick, circular routes shows the diminutive extent of Cathay Pacific in that earlier era, the days when its green-striped L-1011s careened precariously off the apartment-blocked hills of Kowloon, skidding to a stop on Kai Tak's harbor-peninsula runway.

The map's loops of pesto-linguini link northeast Asia, mostly via Taipei, and southeast Asia, with two strands stretching south to Perth and Sydney. A unique distant chart is an unusual feature, interesting for navigational purposes, as this was many years before the first frequent flier programs.

Timetablist will be dedicating an intermediate period going forward to highlight some of the incredible finds of caribb's collection. Timetablist would like to thank caribb (Doug from Montreal) for generously allowing the reuse of these images under creative commons license terms.

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