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Empire in the AirAirline Travel and the African Diaspora$
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Chandra D. Bhimull

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479843473

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479843473.001.0001

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(p.101) 5 Routes
Empire in the Air

Chandra D. Bhimull

NYU Press

Chapter 5 discusses how an air route was made. In 1937, Imperial Airways (U.K.) and Pan American Airways (U.S.A.) launched an air passenger service between Bermuda and New York. It was the first transatlantic route of its kind. For it to happen, one of the first airlines in the colonial Caribbean, Caribbean Airways, was forced to close down. Chapter 5 examines the making of a major international air alliance and the unmaking of a local colonial airline. It relays a story about routes as lines of connection and disconnection, and ultimately reorients how the transatlantic is imagined and understood.

Keywords:   Bermuda, Caribbean Airways, connection, disconnection, New York, Pan American Airways, routes, transatlantic

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