The Aerial Age Begins
1902-1907 1908 1909 1910 1910-1914 1932 1948
Commercial Aviation
Commercial Aviation
Commercial air transport would become the other major market for aircraft technology along with military aviation. It would not become economically viable until the 1920s and 1930s, when long-distance travel became reasonably reliable, but efforts began in the prewar period.
Salon I'AĆ©ronautique in 1910
Salon l'Aéronautique in 1910.

First commercial airplane flight
The first commercial transport flight with an airplane took place on November 7, 1910, when Phil O. Parmalee carried two bolts of silk on his Wright Model B from Dayton to Columbus, Ohio. The world’s first air-freight shipment was sponsored by the Morehouse-Martens Department Store as a publicity event.
First Commercial Airplane Flight
The first commercial airplane flight

Aeronautical trade shows
Even as the Wright brothers were still unveiling their creation in 1908, the emerging aeronautical industry began to publicly display its wares at what today we would call trade shows. The first great one, the Salon l’Aéronautique, was mounted in Paris in December 1908 and became an annual event. Experimenters, producers of aircraft and engines, and manufacturers of aeronautical accessories gathered in a lavish setting not only to sell, but also to introduce the public to the wonders of the new technology of flight.
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Advertising and the airplane.
Advertisers were quick to capitalize on the aerial age to bring excitement to their products.