Commercial - Compania Aerea Cubana, Pin 1920.

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In October 1919, the Compañia Area Cubana (C.A.C) was founded by Hannibal J. de Mesa. He purchased six Farman aircraft, which a French team brought to Cuba by ship. C.A.C. began a flying school with Farman F-40s; it did some sightseeing around Havana; carried out surveying and aerial photography; and started a small airline. The General Manager was Agustin Parlá.

The first Cuban airline service started in October 1920 and although this enterprise survived for only a few months, it opened the first regular airline schedule in the whole of Latin America. Two weeks earlier, a United States company had opened an air link between Havana and the United States. These were bold experiments in the embryo stage of an industry that had yet to identify its role in society.

On 30 October 1920, C.A.C. had started Cuban domestic services, with Farman F-60 Goliaths on a new route from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, via Cienfuegos/Santa Clara and Camagney. But on January 1921, this service ended because of economic depression in Cuba, caused by big sugar beet harvests in Europe. By 1 Nov. 1921, Aeromarine was operating two daily Curtiss F5L services from Key West to Havana. But after about two years, Aeromarine also ceased operations, because of financial losses.

El 12 de mayo de 1919 se bautiza el primer avion propiedad del gobierno cubano, con el nombre de "SUNSHINE". En este avion el 29 de mayo de 1919 Agustin Parlá efectúa el primer vuelo comercial con Estados Unidos. Poco despues, el 29 de junio, se toman las primeras fotos areas de La Habana, desde el mismo avion "SUNSHINE". Goliath tropicales aprovechando la bonanza economica del pais, se constituye en octubre de 1919 la primera empresa de aviacion de Cuba, la Compañfa Area Cubana (C.A.C), fundada por el millonario, entusiasta de la aviacion y hombre de negocios cubano, Anibal J.de Mesa, quien emplea Agustin Parlá como Gerente General. Desafortunadamente, esta empresa deja de funcionar un año y tres meses despues, debido a la inesperada depresion economica de Cuba.

La C.A.C tenia seis aviones Farman, traidos a Cuba en barcos. Establecio varios servicios, como los de escuela con Farman F-40, vuelos de observacion alrededor de La Habana, investigaciones y fotografia area. Volaba con Farman F-60 Goliath de La Habana a Santiago de Cuba, via Santa Clara, Cienfuegos y Camaguey. En el mismo octubre, pero de 1920 la CAC inaugura la linea Habana-Cienfuegos-Santa Clara con dos vuelos de ida y vuelta semanales. Los precios por esta ruta eran de $50.00 y $70.00 de La Habana a Cienfuegos y Santa Clara respectivamente, y $25.00 entre estas dos ciudades villaclareñas de Cienfuegos y Santa Clara.

En enero de 1921 cierra operaciones la C.A.C. (Compaña Áerea Cubana) por el impacto en la economia nacional de la crisis en el mercado del azúcar.

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