This book takes a giant leap back in time, to retrace the decade of operation of one of the four airlines that led to the founding of Air France in the early 1930s.
Two years after the end of World War I, the idea of an air route linking Paris to Bucharest took root in the mind of the Frenchman Marie Charles Duval and the Romanian Nicolae Titulescu. The French-Romanian Company for Air Transport (CFRNA) was founded in 1922. It soon offered service to the largest capitals in central Europe: Vienna, Prague, Constantinople, Warsaw, Budapest, etc. In its early years, the airline employed many former fighter pilots from the 1914-1918 conflict, and could rely on a fleet of about sixty aircraft.
It was the first in the world to successfully complete an international night flight with passengers. In 1925, it became the International Air Navigation Company (CIDNA). From that point on, it increased the routes between Paris and Central Europe. It operated until 1933, at which point it merged with three other airlines to form one that would stand the test of time: Air France.
Through “C.F.R.N.A.-C.I.D.N.A. The first European airline 1920-1933 – The origins of Air France”, Maryla Boutineau pays tribute to these airmen, both French and foreign, who set aside the divisions of the First World War with the hope and dream of unifying the Old Continent.
Book: « La C.F.R.N.A.-C.I.D.N.A. Première compagnie aérienne européenne 1920-1933 – Aux origines d’Air France. » Maryla Boutineau. Heimdal Éditions. EAN: 9782840485629