The enormous development that has taken place from pioneering routes with single-engined open-cockpit biplanes up to the present with large fleets of the latest jetliners is described in enormous detail in Airlines of Asia since 1920.
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In 1920 Siam inaugurated the first air service in Asia. Today Asian airlines are high in the world ranking and many have outstanding reputations for efficiency and service. They also have some of the youngest aircraft fleets. The enormous development that has taken place from pioneering routes with single-engined open-cockpit biplanes up to the present with large fleets of the latest jetliners is described in enormous detail in Airlines of Asia since 1920. The Asian countries, and consequently their airlines, have suffered much during these years. First, many of them had to fight for their freedom from colonial powers; then there was the devastating Second World War followed by numerous other wars and revolutions. Somehow the airlines survived or came into existence when conditions stabilised. The fact that so many are now among the world's leaders is due to the calibre of the men responsible. In narrating the history the author pays tribute to these men and in remarkable detail takes the reader through all the financial and political trials that they have overcome. Of particular interest is the chapter on the airlines of the New China. The single state airline has been replaced by numerous new airlines with the latest European and United States equipment and traffic growth has been enormous. A large number of maps, tables and photographs help to make Airlines of Asia since 1920 a work of outstanding value.
The result of over twenty years of research, REG Davies' latest volume traces the development of civil aviation in nearly thirty countries stretching from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the west to China, Japan and the other countries on the pacific Rim, the area which is now recording the greatest worldwide growth in air traffic.