1919–2019 Swiss Air Transport
1919 was the year when regular airmail services began and when scheduled passenger ights were launched in Switzerland. This makes it a year of rsts for Swiss aviation in two different ways.
On 8 January 1919, a Häfeli DH-3 biplane transported courier consignments by
air for the rst time. The 63-minute ight took off from Dübendorf and landed in Beundenfeld, Berne. The route was ex- tended to Lausanne in early February, and in mid-April, the stopover was moved
to Oberlindach, the location of Berne’s air- eld until 1922. In the September of the same year, the route was extended as far as Geneva. The aircraft was a Swiss design: the two-seater DH-3 was originally con- structed as a reconnaissance biplane by the Swiss Federal Armament Works Thun. The special stamp of the Swiss Pro Aero Foundation features an eye-catching red tail n with the white cross – the identifying mark of Swiss commercial aircraft. The second main object on the stamp takes us back 100 years with an image of the DH-3, which previously appeared on an airmail stamp marking its 25th anniversary in 1944. In the background, the rst airmail routes and a modern SWISS Bombardier CS100 can also be seen.