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Daimler Airway

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1919 Daimler Air Hire was a private air hire company established June 7, 1919 by Lieutenant Colonel Frank Searle CB, DSO, of the BSA Motorcycle Company.

1921 Daimler Air Hire acquired Aircraft Transport and Travel to form the Daimler Airway.

1922, 2 April: Daimler Airway began operations from Croydon to Paris using "cabin boys" on their aircraft. Daimler Airway, owned by Daimler Hire Ltd, was the first company to begin operating de Havilland DH.34 single-engined cabin biplanes. A total of six were operated, the first (registration G-EBBQ) flying from Croydon Airport, London to Paris.

From October 1922 until early 1924, the Daimler Airway operated daily scheduled flights from Alexandra Park Aerodrome, Manchester, to Croydon Airport, London. The northbound flight left Croydon in the late afternoon and the southbound flight departed Alexandra Park during the next morning. This timing enabled passengers from the north of England to connect at Croydon with Daimlers continental schedules.

1923 Daimler added further routes from Croydon to Amsterdam, Hanover and Berlin using their DH.34 fleet.

The Daimler Airway was merged into Imperial Airways effective 1 April 1924, bringing along its three remaining de Havilland DH.34 aircraft. Imperial immediately discontinued Daimler's route to the north of England, the monopoly airline not being interested in serving any UK points outside of London.

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