HISTORY: COMPAGNIE DES MESSAGERIES AERIENNES was a pioneering French airline which was in operation from 1919–23, when it was merged with Grands Express Aeriens to form Air Union on 1 January 1923. Compagnie des messageries aeriennes was established February 1919 by Louis-Charles Breguet, Louis Bleriot, Louis Renault and Rene 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. On 19 September, an international passenger service between Paris - Le Bourget Airport and London (Hounslow Heath Aerodrome) was started, also using Breguet.
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