Compagnie des Messageries Aériennes
|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
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. In August, a service was started to Brussels, Belgium. On 19 September, an international passenger service between Paris - Le Bourget Airport and London (Hounslow Heath Aerodrome) was started, also using Breguet 14s.
Accidents and incidents
- 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.
- On 3 December 1923, Goliath F-AEIF, which may have been operated by CMA, crashed at Littlestone, Kent.
- Breguet 14 (2 passengers)
- Farman F.60 Goliath (12 passengers, 15 aircraft)
- Blériot-SPAD S.27 (2 passengers, 10 aircraft)
- Blériot-SPAD S.33 (5 passengers, 15 airfraft)
- Bluffield, Robert. 2009. Imperial Airways - The Birth of the British Airline Industry 1914-1940. Ian Allan ISBN 978-1-906537-07-4
- Sherwood, Tim. 1999. Coming in to Land: A Short History of Hounslow, Hanworth and Heston Aerodromes 1911-1946. Heritage Publications (Hounslow Library) ISBN 1-899144-30-7
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