Thursday, March 15, 2012


Srinagar, Mar 15, (Only Kashmir): Hundred years ago, an aircraft flew from Allahabad to Naini carrying 6500 mails. This marked not only the birth of Commercial Civil Aviation in India but also the first Airmail Service in the world. To mark the 100 years of Civil Aviation, Department of Posts has brought out a commemorative stamp today. The stamp along with the special cover was released in a special function at Jammu Airport today by Shri John Samuel, Chief Postmaster General, Jammu and Kashmir.
During the function, Chief Postmaster General said that Civil Aviation in India has been the success story of last 100 years. He added that Civil Aviation started in India when the French pilot Monseigneur Piguet undertook the first commercial flight covering a distance of about 10 kilometres from Allahabad to Naini on Feb 18, 1911 for carrying mail.
John Samuel further added that the first domestic air route between Karachi and Delhi was opened in Dec 1912 by the Indian State Air Services in collaboration with the U.K based Imperial Airways. The Aviation industry gathered momentum in 1932 when J.R.D Tata founded Tata Airlines which later became Air India.
Amit Sharma, Director Postal Services J&K, Shri Sanjay Misri Manager Air India and Sh. M.Suresh Director Airport Authority Jammu and Sh. Rattan Lal Senior Superintendent post offices Jammu also spoke on the occasion. (OK)


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