HISTORY: COMPAGNIE GENERALE TRANSAERIENNE (CGT: General Trans-Air Company) was a predecessor of Air France, founded in 1909. At first it operated airships in France and Switzerland, then added float plans and direct flights from Paris to London. It was the first private company to operate an airlpane service. After World War I (1914-18) the company faced mounting competition, and in 1921 it was absorbed by COMPAGNIE DES MESSAGERIES AERIENNE (CMA). CMA and other companies would eventually merge to create Air France.
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