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AVIONEWS-Air France together to celebrate the 75 years of the airline

Paris, France - Ten videos with images of yesterday and today that explain its long career


(WAPA) - Every week, starting from today, AVIONEWS, in close synergy with Air France, will publish one of ten videos that explain its long history. An original manner to celebrate together the 75 years from its birth.

Each video narrates a chapter of the French flag carrier's history, with images of yesterday and today that mark the development. The video can be also seen on-line until 24 of this month on airline's website.

Following the other titles:

- “The Air France fleet”
- “Life on board”
- “Maintenance”
- “Pilots” and ”Flight attendants”
- “Ramp activity”
- “Sales Force”
- “Cargo”
- “Airports”
- “Air France Yesterday and Today”

Furthermore, the website www.airfrancelasaga.com recounts the entire history of Air France through images from the archives.

Over time, Air France has embodied the image of an innovative, groundbreaking company. In the face of political and economic uncertainties, it has always been able to adapt so as to take an active part in the changing landscape of air transport.

In the 1950s, Air France boasted the longest network in the world, and in the 1960s, it incorporated the first jets in its fleet, such as the Caravelle and Boeing 707. In 1970, Air France was one of the first airlines to put the world’s biggest passenger aircraft into service, the Boeing 747.

In the 1990s, the carrier overcame a tough operating environment by setting up the Paris-"Charles de Gaulle" hub, streamlining its network and fleet and reworking its ground and inflight products.

In the early 2000s, the airline weathered a series of crises which hit the air transport sector, such as the 9/11 attacks and the SARS epidemic in Asia.

In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to become the world’s leading airline by revenue. This merger heralded the restructuring of the European airline business.

Over time, Air France has also developed the image of an airline embodying the French lifestyle: cabin comfort and design, gourmet meals and designer tableware, discreet and attentive inflight service, and elegant flight attendants with uniforms designed by Dior, Balenciaga and even Christian Lacroix.

Facts and figures:

Number of Air France aircraft:

- 1933: 259 aircraft
- 2007-2008: 411 aircraft

Number of passengers carried:

- 1933: 52,100
- 2007-2008: 75 million (Air France and KLM)

Example of the France–Saigon route:

- 1933: from Marseille to Beirut by the Cams 53 seaplane via Naples, Corfu, Athens and Castelrosso. From Beirut to Damascus by car. From Damascus to Baghdad by Breguet 284 T, and finally by Fokker VII to Saigon with stops in Djask, Karachi, Jodhpur, Allahabad, Calcutta, Rangoon, Angkor and Bangkok. The trip lasted 10 days!
- 2008: direct Paris-Ho Chi Minh City flight with one stop in Bangkok. Flight time: 14 hours and 30 minutes.

To see the video, click below or on the relative photo in the top on the left of AVIONEWS' website. (Avionews)

(World Aeronautical Press Agency - )
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