The Coral Route - The Poi Room Ltd

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The Coral Route

Heath Wilkes



The Coral Route | Heath Wilkes

Why this piece is meaningful to me as my grandfather was Head Engineer & Test Pilot for Teal so being Tahitian would regulary fly this route flying back to visit his homeland of Tahiti.

‘Coral Route’

The Coral Route was the first scheduled air service through the islands of the South Seas. Inaugurated by Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL) in 1951 using four-engined Solent flying boats, it flew into the jet age, becoming the world’s last long-haul flying boat route. Since its final service in 1961 the Coral Route has grown into an aviation legend, the passing decades seeing regular embellishments to old tales. Coral Route is a timely return to the origins of the story.

First charted in wartime the route took passengers from Auckland to Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti and the Cook Islands in Solent flying boats. Flying was glamourous, passengers dressed in their Sunday best and when the Coral Route service ceased in 1960 it was the last scheduled international flying boat service. 

Limited Edition Print: Edition of 118 

Dimensions Unframed: 
Imagery: 410mm x 582mm
Paper Size: 515mm x 700mm

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