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Air France History

Air France, the flag carrier of France, has a rich and storied history that spans over nine decades. Founded on October 7, 1933, as a result of a merger between several French airlines, Air France quickly established itself as a prominent player in the aviation industry.

During its early years, Air France focused on building an extensive network of routes to connect France with its colonies and territories. The airline played a crucial role in facilitating travel and trade between France and its overseas territories, contributing to the growth and development of these regions.

Throughout the years, Air France has continuously expanded its operations and fleet. It introduced its first transatlantic service in 1946, connecting Paris and New York City, marking the beginning of its international expansion. The airline further expanded its network by adding destinations in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

More Airline Insights & Tips

Here are a few of helpful resources & tips that can further enhance your knowledge of Air France airlines and how to best be prepared for your trip:

  • Delays are an unfortunate fact of the life of an air traveler. Arm yourself against surprises by knowing the flight status of your AF Air France flight before heading to the airport, as this could save you a lot of time, or even your trip to the airport if your flight is canceled.
  • Info can be found here on Air France’s company structure, headquarters, etc.
  • See which partnerships and alliances Air France has here. This is useful if you want to build up your frequent flyer points on partner airlines.
  • Want to know which plane types are in service? Check out AF’s fleet list here.
  • When considering a flight booking on Air France, be aware that third-party travel sites might require you to use their customer service instead of Air France's, which may be less than ideal in certain situations.

Beyond the history presented here for Air France, if you’re wanting more aviation history, read about the history of commercial flight here, or the history of the airline industry here.

In the 1970s, Air France became the first airline to operate the supersonic Concorde, offering a groundbreaking travel experience with unprecedented speed. The Concorde service, although short-lived, showcased Air France's commitment to innovation and its determination to push the boundaries of air travel.

Over the years, Air France has faced various challenges, including economic downturns, competition, and geopolitical events. However, the airline has consistently adapted and evolved to meet the changing needs of the industry and its passengers.

Today, Air France is a leading global carrier, offering a comprehensive network of routes to destinations across the world. With a modern fleet and a commitment to exceptional service, the airline continues to provide a seamless and enjoyable travel experience for millions of passengers each year.

For more information about this airline, check out our comprehensive Air France Guide.

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