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Pan American Airways
Pan Am initially used Sikorsky S-40 flying boats, but in 1936 Pan Am asked the Boeing Company to design the first commercial Atlantic aircraft--the Boeing B314, of which Pan Am had six, allowing them to have a regular weekly transatlantic passenger and air mail service over the Atlantic with a single fare costing $375.
Nearly all the air traffic across the Atlantic was between America and Britain but during the war, many of these flights terminated at Foynes. Flights from England to Lisbon and West Africa also went through Foynes to avoid the Luftwaffe danger zone around the Bay of Biscay.
American Export Airlines
That same year, AEA made an application for routes across the Atlantic to the UK, France and Portugal, and despite protests by Juan Trippe, President Roosevelt gave his approval. AEA could not begin their New York--Foynes flying boat service until June of 1942, due in part to stiff resistance from Pan Am. Following interest, American Airlines bought out in 1945, and formed American Overseas Airlines (AOA).
Air France Transatlantique
Routing over Bordeaux, the Latécoère flew up the Bay of Biscay making its landfall at Cork. The purpose of its flight was to look at available airfields in Ireland for a proposed transatlantic flight by a four engined Farman land plane. The crews admired the efficiency of the radio and weather devices at Foynes. However, after September 1939 the war stopped Air France's transatlantic activity.
There is more detail on Airlines, Arircraft, Foynes Airport, and much more besides, in our souvenir book available at the gift shop in the museum and in our on-line shop.