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COBETA







In the colors of partner John Mahieu Aviation, this Lokheed Hudson carried COBETA titles between 1949-1951.  (Photo: collection Christian Ueten)

              


 

Base: Brussels (Haren, Melsbroek)
IATA: *
ICAO: COB (not official)
Fleet: 4x C-47/C-53 (OO-APB, OO-APB(2), OO-APC, OO-AWZ) + several C47s of Scottish Aviation (G-AJBD carried COBETA titles), 1x Lockheed Hudson (OO-APM)
History: Compagnie Belge de Transport Aériens (COBETA) was formed on April 16 1946 to provide scheduled / charter pax and cargo services from its Brussels-Haren base. Scheduled operations in cooperation with Scottish Aviation to Manchester started on July 17 1947. Other scheduled destinations in Europe included London (Gatwick), Glasgow, Frankfurt, Munich. Also Haïfa on a once weekly service was included on November 9 1948 which lasted till February  9 1950. From 1948 on the company cooperated with John Mahieu Aviation using some of its airplanes. During the summer of 1949, a thrice weekly service was also offered between Knokke (Het Zoute) and Manchester. Financial troubles lead to a decline in business and it seems that no flying activity took place from February 1950 onwards, and on February 3 1954 the company was dismantled completely.

 

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