Compagnie des Messageries Aériennes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Compagnie des messageries aériennes
Compagnie Messageries Aeriennes.jpg
IATA
N/A
ICAO
N/A
Callsign
N/A
Founded February 1919
Commenced operations 18 April 1919
Ceased operations 1 January 1923
Operating bases Le Bourget Airport, Paris, France
Destinations Haren Airport, Brussels, Belgium
Lille-Lesquin Airport, Lille, France
Hounslow Heath Aerodrome, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Key people Founders:
Louis Blériot
Louis-Charles Breguet
René Caudron
Louis Renault

Compagnie des messageries aériennes was a pioneering French airline which was in operation from 1919–23, when it was merged with Grands Express Aériens to form Air Union.

History[edit]

Compagnie des messageries aériennes was established February 1919 by Louis-Charles Breguet. Other founders were Louis Blériot, Louis Renault and René Caudron. The first commercial route, a mail and freight service between Le Bourget Airport, Paris and Lille-Lesquin Airport, Lille, was started 18 April 1919 using ex-military Breguet 14s.[1] In August, a service was started to Brussels, Belgium.[2] On 19 September, an international passenger service between Paris - Le Bourget Airport and London (Hounslow Heath Aerodrome) was started, also using Breguet 14s.[1]

The company was merged with Grands Express Aériens to form Air Union on 1 January 1923.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 15 March 1923, Farman F.60 Goliath F-AEIE overran the runway on landing at Croydon and collided with a building. The aircraft was later repaired and returned to service.[3]
  • On 3 December 1923, Goliath F-AEIF, which may have been operated by CMA, crashed at Littlestone, Kent.[3]

Fleet[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sherwood (1999)
  2. ^ "World Aviation in 1919 - Part 1". Royal Air Force Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "FRENCH PRE-WAR REGISTER Version 120211". Air Britain. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 

References[edit]

External links[edit]