Saturday, September 17, 2011

South African Airways: Cape Town-Frankfurt, December 1980

The first flight to Frankfurt from Cape Town came in December 1980, accompanied by this pair of envelopes. Like the Jo'berg-Taipei launch, each of the two dedicated to one cityscape. At top is a dramatic aerial view of the breathtaking Kaapstad, set amidst the mesas of the Cape of Good Hope. The gabled roofs of Frankfurt's Altstadt are featured in brick red on both the graphic and the stamp's illustrations of the second envelope.

No word on stopovers or aircraft. Cape Town in still connected to Europe by several carriers, but SAA's only route from Good Hope is to London. It serves Star Alliance fortress hubs of Frankfurt and Munich, but from Johannesburg.

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