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Birth of Air Transport in Belgium (1919-23)

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 11 Feb 2011 23:25    Onderwerp: Birth of Air Transport in Belgium (1919-23) Reageer met quote

The Birth of Commercial Air Transport in Belgium (1919-1923)
Guy Vanthemsche
In: Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire. Tome 78 fasc. 3-4, 2000. Histoire medievale, moderne et contemporaine


Introduction
Together with the Dutch KLM, Belgium's airline company Sabena (Sociťtť
Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aťrienne) looks back on a
history spanning more than three quarters of a century. It was founded in 1923
and has been in operation ever since, without having changed its name. Very
few of the world's airline companies can boast such a past. In most other West-
European countries - Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, etc. - commerc
iaavliat ion's business history is a far more complex matter. Since the end of
the First World War, many airline companies were founded in these countries,
almost all of them having disappeared since. Indeed, several mergers and
some restructuring were necessary to create a viable entrepreneurial frame
work. In contrast, in both Belgium and The Netherlands, a stable business
structure emerged from the outset. In Belgium, "Sabena" and "commercial air
transport" are almost synonymous, at least until recently. Clearly, these pecul
iarities need to be explained.
Both the relationship between private initiative and State action and the
tension between competition and monopoly are key elements in this problem.
Looking at the Belgian case, we will focus on precisely these aspects. How
prominent were private interests in the development of Belgian commercial
air transport? What was the precise nature of these interests? Which economic
sectors did they represent and how did they behave? How and why did public
authorities enter this field? Did the State act on its own initiative, or did it
merely react to situations arising outside its reach? How precisely did private
interests and public authorities come to interact, if ever they did? What were
the economic and financial results of these early initiatives? These questions
are not specific to Belgium. But by examining the Belgian evolution from this
general point of view, we hope to produce some evidence for a comparative
study of the origins of commercial air transport in the Western world. The
study of small countries like Belgium is indeed relevant, for a restrictive focus
on large nations as the US, Great Britain, France, or Germany fails to reveal the
whole story, regardless of their relative importance. It is not just a matter of
completing a large puzzle by adding just one little piece, for historical knowl
edge is essentially about grasping processes, not accumulating facts. And
mere size tells us little about the qualitative importance of the mechanisms at
work. This consideration makes it all the more regrettable that Belgian com
mercial aviation history has not yet been the object of one single scientific
study.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 12 Feb 2011 10:29    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

De voorloper van SABENA, was SNETA (Syndicat National pour l'Etude des Transports Aeriens)(1919-1923). Smile
De eerste vluchten werden van op de luchthaven van Haren gevlogen, naar Londen, Parijs en Amsterdam. De vloot bestond uit voormalige WO I-toestellen, 3 Breguet XIV toestellen, 3 De Havilland Airco DH.9 toestellen en 3 Rumpler C-IV toestellen.
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