Air Letter Rates 1944-2012
Air Letters (also variously referred to as aerogrammes and airletters) were first introduced in the latter stages of World War II. The concept was a form made of thin, lightweight material that would not take up much valuable weight on an aircraft. The concept was continued after the war.
The normal aerogrammes were prepaid postal stationery, although private forms paid by adhesive stamps were acceptable. The prices given below are the selling prices for standard postal stationery aerogrammes sold singly – until 1986 (1989 for the special Scottish commemorative issues) they bore an imprinted stamp for that amount. Subsequent issues have an NVI stamp, although pictorial versions were sold at a premium. However, packs of six of both types at discounted prices were available from January 1989.
Between 1972 and 1981 two different sizes were available, and the larger versions cost more. This was reflected in the value of the stamps printed on them.As of 30th April 2012 specific aerogramme rates were withdrawn with the introduction of general combined airmail rates to Europe, Zone 1 and Zone 2.
|Last day of separate aerogramme rates|