Western Europe: Tonnage in the Sky

Half of France's textile exports to the U.S. now cross the Atlantic by air. Gallic perfumers, who sniffed at the idea only two years ago, are now shipping their delicate fragrances in planes at the rate of 660 tons a year. The Greeks send their furs aloft to customers in Germany, Holland and Scandinavia, fresh seafood to Italy and France. Swissair will fly 4,400,000 Swiss watches to markets abroad this year, along with planeloads of precision machinery, optical instruments and Pharmaceuticals. Despite their reputation for conservatism, European businessmen this year have turned to air freight in such numbers that...

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