Once inside, the single star slipped into a similar semi-sheer frock when she took the stage for a dance number in front of a star-studded crowd including Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Paula Abdul, among others.
The night before, Carmen was pictured arriving at Vienne Airport with a slew of celebrity guests such as Kelly Osbourne, Dita Von Teese, Lydia Hearst, Lady Victoria Hervey and Life Ball organiser Gerry Keszler.
It was then that the airmail contract was picked up by the "Tela Railroad" a subsidiary of the "United Fruit Company", and whose history is very well documented on the excellent article "Fruit Flyers" written by Carlos Rosa, recently published in the LAAHS website.
The renowned TACA Airlines, a lifetime project of Lowell Yerex, was also born in Honduras, and from there, TACA expanded throughout the continent until it was shot-down by the long arms of Pan American.
To say the least, Honduras has a very rich and interesting aviation heritage, both civil and military.
In any case, at the time of the first Lockheed Electra's arrival to Honduras, there were two major airlines in the country: "Transportes Areos Nacionales" or TAN, a private owned company; and "Servicios Areos de Honduras, S.
A." or SAHSA, a semi-private venture which at some point had the Honduran government retaining 40% of its shares.
TAN's Electras TAN was founded on August 1947 as a freight/charter airline.First cargo operations were started with a handful of Curtiss C-46s.Three years later, in August 1950, TAN began servicing international routes when the US government granted it rights to fly scheduled flights between Tegucigalpa and Miami.By 1951, a new route to the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula was started and the US government allowed the airline to add San Pedro Sula to the Honduras-Miami route.However, it was in June 1954 that TAN became an important Central American airline since it won and inaugurated the new passenger routes to South America, specifically to Ecuador and Peru.TAN could now compete with PANAGRA as it had a route from Miami to Tegucigalpa and from there to the South American West Coast.