First Regular Mail Service to Singapore
To Malay States
To Malay States
To Straits Settlements
From Zomba to England
Rhodesia United Air Carriers (RUAC) was a company formed in 1957 by the amalgamation of several existing charter companies; Air Carriers Limited and Flights (1956) Limited of Salisbury, and Fishair of Victoria Falls.
Commercial Air Services (Rhodesia) of Bulawayo was integrated into RUAC in August 1960, following the merger of its holding company, Airwork Ltd (also known as Airwork Services), with Hunting-Clan (which had owned Air Carriers Ltd), a subsidiary of the maritime company Clan Line.
RUAC was the Beechcraft agent for Central Africa. It operated a fleet of Beech Barons, a Beech Queen Air, several Piper Apache and Aztec aircraft, a Cessna 180 and a Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander.
The company had bases at Salisbury (head office and maintenance base), Bulawayo and Victoria Falls.
1956 – First Flight of Vickers Viscount
On April 25th, 1956, Central African Airways took delivery of its first Vickers Viscount aircraft, YP-YNA “Malvern”. It entered service on My 28th, 1956, completing a flight from Salisbury to Ndola. Five letters were carried on the service.
Airways Letter Service
On 1st April, 1955, Central African Airways introduced the Airways Letter Service. The service ran between Bulawayo and Salisbury.
Letters were accepted up to 30mins at Airports – or 90mins at Town Terminals – prior to the aircraft scheduled departure time. Letters were to bear stamps of the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland to the value of normal postage and the Airways Letter stamps available at the airport/terminal.
The Airways Letter surcharge rate was:
Letters over 4oz were not accepted.
By 1959 Lusaka, Ndola, Livingstone and Blantyre were added to the service. In 1960 the 2oz letter rate was increased to 1s (or part thereof). By 1961, Fort Jameson, Lilongwe, Kariba and Mongu had also been added to the service.
On 1st August, 1963, CAA introduced an improved service which included:
The rate was increased to 3/6d.
1946 – First Official Airmail (Bulawayo to Fort Victoria)
1946 – First Official Airmail (Salisbury to Fort Victoria)
1959 – First Comet IV Regular Service (Johannesburg to London)
1959 – First Comet IV Regular Service (London to Johannesburg)