Cruise & Maritime Voyages is celebrating Amy’s 90th Solo Flight Anniversary

Cruise & Maritime Voyages is celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Amy Johnson’s famous solo record-breaking flight from London to Darwin, Australia which departed from the former London Airport in Croydon 5 May 1930. CMV’s new flagship is to be named Amy Johnson after the pioneering female aviator and joins the fleet in April 2021.

Mike Hall, CMV’s Marketing Director said, “As we celebrate the epic journey made by Amy Johnson some 90 years ago, we look forward to welcoming our new flagship joining the CMV fleet in 2021 which is named after her. We are indeed very proud to be able to pay tribute and celebrate the courageous exploits of this pioneering female adventurer.”

Jane Priston, Head of the Amy Johnson Project said, “The 90th anniversary of Amy’s epic flight to Australia is a wonderful opportunity to remember her outstanding achievement taking the term ‘solo’ to its most extreme level; something we are thinking about more than ever now in these challenging times. When Amy embarked on her journey, the world was also in a desperate place, looking for hope. The 26-year-old from Hull provided that hope, to “believe nothing to be impossible”, never give up and that good times are coming, and the world fell in love with her. The Amy Johnson Project is delighted that CMV recognises the importance of Amy’s place in our history by naming their new flagship the Amy Johnson and look forward to seeing her sail next year.”

Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a pioneering English pilot who was the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia. In 1930, aged just 26, Johnson set off from Croydon, Surrey to Darwin, Northern Territory. She went on to set many records including; the first woman to fly from London to Moscow in one day, setting record flying times from Britain to Japan and Cape Town and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club. During WWII, Johnson joined the Air Transport Auxillary (ATA).