[WSCA – Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Milestones in 90 years of development of Air France, the flag carrier of France (1933)


(wcsa.world) Air France is the flag carrier of France headquartered in Tremblay-en-France. It is a subsidiary of the Air France–KLM Group and a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance.

Air France operates a fleet of over 200 aircraft, serving 198 destinations in 93 countries. The airline's main hub is at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, with additional hubs at Paris-Orly Airport, Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, and Bordeaux Airport.


Air France offers a variety of cabin classes, including Economy, Economy Premium, Business, and La Première. The airline's frequent flyer program is called Flying Blue. Air France is committed to providing passengers with a safe and comfortable travel experience. The airline has been awarded a 4-star safety rating by Skytrax.



(Wowtimes)Air France’sHistory andAchievements

  • 1933: Air France was formed from a merger of Air Orient, Air Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne (CIDNA), and Société Générale de Transport Aérien (SGTA).
  • 1936: Air France added French-built twin engine Potez 62 aircraft to its fleet featuring a two-compartment cabin that could accommodate 14 to 16 passengers.
  • 1945: Air France became a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as well as of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), founded in 1945, and took its place among the world's major airlines.
  • 1946: The first Air France transatlantic flight, from Paris to New York City, took place on June 25.
  • 1949: the company became a co-founder of Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA), an airline telecommunications services company.
  • 1953: Air France entered the jet age, flying the original, short-lived de Havilland Comet series 1A Paris-Rome-Beirut.
  • 1960: The airline started uninterrupted jet operations with the Sud Aviation Caravelle and the Boeing 707; jet airliners cut travel times in half and improved comfort.
  • 1970: Air France's network had grown to 500,000 km, and its acquisition of new jet aircraft, including the Boeing 727 and 747 and the Airbus 300, ensured its position as one of the world's leading international carriers.
  • 1974: Air France became the world's first operator of the Airbus A300 twin-engine widebody plane, Airbus Industrie's first commercial airliner for which it was a launch customer.
  • 1983: Air France began passenger flights to South Korea, being the first European airline to do so.
  • 1987: Air France together with Lufthansa, Iberia and SAS founded Amadeus, an IT company (also known as a GDS) that would enable travel agencies to sell the founders and other airlines' products from a single system.
  • 1990: Air France signed a commercial agreement with USAir, a leading domestic airline in the United States, to cooperate on transatlantic routes.
  • 1998: Air France was renamed Société Air France.
  • 2000: Air France became a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance
  • 2004: Air France acquired the Dutch airline KLM to create Air France–KLM Group, one of the largest air carriers in the world.
  • 2014: Air France inaugurated its first Boeing 777 equipped with its new long-haul travel cabins.
  • 2017: Air France-KLM entered into a multi-airline strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines, China Eastern Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic, solidifying the existing ties between the carriers.
  • 2021: Air France planned to add 19 new-generation aircraft to its fleet (13 Airbus A350 and 6 Airbus A220) and equip with new travel cabins 12 Boeing B777-300 aircraft serving the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.
  • 2022: Air France flew to 29 domestic destinations and 201 international destinations in 94 countries (including Overseas departments and territories of France) across 6 continents, including 19 in the United States.

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