Air France was created by the merger of four leading French transport companies. It was soon joined by Aeropostale, an air mail carrier. The entire French air transport network was handed over to Air France in 1946 on nationalization of the French civil aviation. The Paris-New York route was started in 1948. By 1959, AirFrance was already covering 350,000 kilometers, crisscrossing the North-Atlantic skies. Air France started operations from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport from January 1974 and two years later the iconic, supersonic Concorde was launched. It merged with the UTA to become one of the largest air transport groups in the world. It was in the forefront in creating Sky Team with Delta, Air Mexico and Korean airlines to form a global alliance. In 2003, it teamed with KLM to become the largest European air transport group. Today, Air France has one of the most powerful and modernized hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. It operates a balanced network with a world-wide thoughtfully integrated alliance. The customer is at the center of all strategies and policies designed by Air France. View more on Air France, www.airfrance.ca.
Flights Aboard Air France
Air France is known for its innovative services, designed to provide their customers with the best possible products and deals when flying with them. Their online services can help you choose your seat and print out your boarding card up to 30 hours before check-in time. Bluenity .com is the social networking website for Air France travelers to help them find everything about their flight and also about their co-travelers. The airline puts details about the cheapest available flights for a 7 day period before and after the desired travel date. Frequent travelers on certain routes can register for the smartboarding card which provides many automated facilities to ensure faster boarding. You can choose from dozens of films in many languages. Over 600 hours of in-flight entertainment is available for you to choose from. To receive the deals offered by Air France, use our search panel above.
Air France Lounges
Air France lounges allow you to work or relax in absolute tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of busy airport environment. Complimentary snacks, pastries and meals are available at different times of the day to keep you filled. If pending work is bothering you, a fully equipped office with free Wi-Fi connection and other equipment is available for you to work peacefully. Admission to the lounges is subject to certain conditions.
Air France fleet comprises of 380 operative aircrafts which includes 125 aircrafts owned by regional subsidiaries. They have one of the most modern and rational fleet in the industry with an average lifespan 0f 9.9 years. The fleet includes Airbus A318, 319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200, 330-200, 340-300 and Airbus A380-800. It also operates Boeing 747-400, 777-200, 777-300ER and Boeing 747-200ER. The 5 Air France Concords that flew with the airlines were grounded in May, 2004 following poor demand. Higher fuel and maintenance costs also forced the decision to retire the Concords.
Air France Routes
Air France and its allies fly to over 183 destinations in 98 countries, operating around 1500 flights daily from a fleet of 390 that includes 140 regional aircrafts. Air France flies to all six major continents and serves Africa, the Caribbean, North America, South America, East, South, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Europe and Oceania.
Flying Blue Program
Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of Air France and its associate carriers and is available to its most valued and frequent flying customers. A host of flying rewards and recognition comes with this program.