DESIGNER UNKNOWN HANDLEY PAGE TRANSPORT, LTD. Circa 1920. Handley Page, founded in 1909, was one of Britain's first aircraft manufacturing companies. They produced bombers for the country during the First World War. After the war in 1919, Handley Page Transport was founded. It was a commercial airline which flew passengers between London and Paris using the company's converted model 0/400 bombers. In 1924, Handley Page Transport merged with other companies to form Imperial Airways.