Air France is owned by Air France KLM, an airline holding company incorporated under French Law with Headquarters at Roissy-Charles De Gaulle Airport just outside Paris, France. Air France KLM is France’s primary national carrier, as well as the world’s third biggest airline holding company, flying more passenger miles than any other operator. One of the most profitable businesses in the whole of Europe (2008), 81% of the company is owned by ex Air France and KLM private shareholders. The balance of Air France KLM is owned by the French government.
Where does Air France fly from?
Air France is one of the world’s largest airlines. Their 100,000+ staff helps the airline carry passengers and cargo worldwide to and from Paris’s Charles De Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport (Paris), St Exupéry Airport (Lyons) and the Côte D’Azur airport (Nice).
Where does Air France fly to?
Air France runs an extensive and comprehensive passenger service, flying to 185 airports covering 83 different countries. Air France subsidiary Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne expands the company’s reach by offering connections at Paris, Lyon, Clermont-Ferraud and Bordeaux to almost fifty more airports across Europe.
Air France and safety
Air France has been accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and awarded their Operations Safety Audit (IOSA) for the care it takes with passenger and aeroplane safety. It is also the largest multi-services airline operator for aeroplane maintenance and repair, and one of the world’s top three freight transporters.
A colourful history
Back in the early days of passenger aviation, on October 7th 1933, Air France was born. The company was created from a merger between several influential airlines who had already managed to build an extensive network of airports and destinations across Europe, North Africa and into French territories worldwide. The second word war saw the airline move to safety in Casablanca until, in 1945, all France’s air transport companies and networks were nationalised under Air France’s overall control. In 1946, as Europe started to recover from the effects of the war, Air France employed its first uniformed flight attendants and put in place scheduled flights, direct from Paris to New York, taking just under twenty hours from takeoff to landing… a revolution in passenger air transport.
The Air France fleet
Air France uses a wide range of aircraft, none of which are more than a decade old (at 2008):
·Airbus A318-100: short and medium haul flights to Europe and Africa
·Airbus A319-100: short and medium haul, Europe, Africa and the Middle East
·Airbus A319-115LR: dedicated services
·Airbus A320 – 100 and 200: short and medium haul, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Caribbean
·Airbus A321-100 and 200: short and medium haul, Europe, Africa, Middle East
·Airbus A330-200: Long haul flights to Tokyo, Rio De Janeiro, Dubai, USA (Chicago, Seattle, New York, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia) and long haul African destinations
·Airbus A340-300: Long haul to Sao Paolo and Bogota, Cayenne, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tehran, Antananarivo, Toronto, Montreal, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Papeete, Tokyo and long haul African airports. Flights to some destinations are seasonal.
·Airbus 380: Long haul between Paris/Montreal and New York
·Boeing747-400: Long haul to Bangkok, Boston, Caracas, Delhi, La Havana, Mauritius, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Santo Domingo, Seoul and Toronto. Some destinations are seasonal.
·Boeing 777-200ER: Long haul flights to Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, Mexico City, Montreal, Mumbai, New York, Santiago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Washington DC and Shanghai
·Boeing 777-300ER: Long haul flights to Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Fort de France, Hong Kong, La Reunion, Sao Paolo, Pointe à Pitre, Los Angeles, Montreal, Mumbai, Osaka and New York.