Driving Force – The History of Sabena Belgian Airlines, predecessors and successors

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Book Details


Günter Endres


176 pages, 155 photographs, color profiles and numerous logos and tables.


Letter format, 216 x 279 mm, fullcolour, hardback, colour profiles




Günter Endres and European Airlines Rob Mulder


NOK 295 + pp
(Local VAT or local custom charges not included)

About The Author

Günter Endres

Günter Endres

Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, many published books and articles on civil aviation, editor for Flight World Airline Directory and for Jane’s IDEX, DSEi, Eurosatory and SOFEX show daily magazines, desk editor for Aviation International News magazines at air shows. Contributor to leading aviation magazines Awards: Aerospace Journalist of the Year 2000 and 2006.

He has written numerous books, among them books about the Junkers F 13, W33/W34, and G24/G31 together with Rob J. M. Mulder and Lennart Andersson.

Unusually, the beginnings and early development of Belgian aviation was not to be found in Europe, but in its colony in Central Africa, where Société Anonyme Belge d’Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne, always known as Sabena, went on to establish an extensive network of scheduled services within the Belgian Congo, and also inaugurated the Ligne impériale between Belgium and the Congo. A limited European network was also flown, as was a North American service after the World War Two. The loss of the Congo, which became independent in 1960, and with it, some two-thirds of its income, was a hefty blow from which it never fully recovered. An ill-fated alliance finally forced it into bankruptcy in 2001.

Book reviews:
Ben Dunnell – Aeroplane Monthly, December 2021 (English language)
Frans van Humbeek – Hangar Flying 14 November 2021 (Dutch language)
Yann Mahé – Aerojournal #85 (French language)