Interior of an Imperial Airways aeroplane, c 1935.
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Photograph showing passengers seated on board an Imperial Airways aircraft. Note the wicker seats and the decor. Imperial Airways Limited was formed by the British government on 31 March 1924, after a government report recommended that Britain's interests in commercial air transport would be best served by merging the larger existing aircraft companies. The government's primary motivation for the merger was the need to carry mail throughout the empire. By the 1930s Imperial Airways were carrying passengers and mail between Britain and the distant outposts of the Empire.