Air France: Background
Flag carrier of France, headquartered in Tremblay-en-France (north of Paris).
Subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group and founding member of the
SkyTeam global airline alliance.
Serves 36 destinations in France (as of 2013), operating global scheduled
passenger and cargo services to 168 destinations in 93 countries (includes
France‟s departments and territories); also carried 59,513,000 passengers in
Its international hub is at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport; Paris Orly
Airport, Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, Marseille Provence Airport, Toulouse
Blagnac Airport, and Nice Côte d‟Azur Airport serve as smaller hubs.
Its company headquarters, formerly in Montparnasse, Paris, are located on the
property of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, north of Paris itself.
Founded on 7 October 1933 from a merger of Air Orient, Air
Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, Compagnie Internationale de
Navigation Aérienne (CIDNA), and Sociérté Générale de Transport Aérien
Was, between 1950-1990, one of the three primary Allied scheduled airlines
operating in Germany at West Berlin‟s Tempelhof and Tegel airports.
Bought the operations of France‟s domestic airline Air Inter and global
competitor UTA (Union des Transports Aériens) in 1990.
Served as the principal national flag carrier of France for seven decades
before it merged with KLM in 2003.
Carried 43.3 million passengers between April 2001-March 2002; had a total
income of €12.53bn.
Ranked as the biggest European airline in 2004, with 25.5% total market
share; was the world‟s biggest airline with respect to operating proceeds.
Operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-bodied jets on long-haul
routes; uses Airbus A320 family aircraft on short-haul routes.
On 20 November 2009, Air France introduced the A380, with service to New
York-JFK from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The majority of Air France‟s regional domestic and European scheduled
services with a fleet of regional jet aircraft are operated by its regional airline
Air France: Hubs, focus cities, and
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris Orly Airport
Marseille Provence Airport
Nice Côte d‟Azur Airport
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
Air France: Livery
The current livery of Air France is a “Eurowhite” scheme that
consists of a white fuselage with the blue Air France title and
The tail is white with a row of parallel red and blue lines
across at an angle, with a small European flag at the top; this
livery has been used since the late 1970s.
Air France had a bare-metal underside that expanded up to a
blue cheat-line running across the cabin windows before the
“Eurowhite” livery; the fuselage was again white over the
cheat-line, with both Air France titles and a French flag.
The tail was white with two wide blue lines, which diminished
from the tail‟s back, meeting at point by the front bottom; with
slight variations, this standard livery would emerge on all
post-war Air France aircraft until the late 1970s.
To coincide with Air France‟s new logo in 2008, a new livery
With the 2008 livery change, the tail was slightly
modified, with three blue bars (instead of four) running down;
the bars also now bend at the bottom, which mirrors the
Air France: Marketing
“The World Can Be Yours” by Telepopmusik is the new
official song played both before and after Air France flights
(during boarding and after landing).
Air France has used various admired music groups for its
marketing and onboard ambience, ranging from The
Chemical Brothers in 1999 to Telepopmusik in 2010.
Air France: Uniforms
Air France uniforms indicate specific ranks of the flight
attendants; for example, two silver sleeve stripes indicate a
Chief Purser and one silver sleeve stripe indicates a Purser.
Flight attendants have no sleeve stripes.
The female cabin crew uniforms feature the stripes on the
breast pouch, in contrast to the sleeve for their male
French fashion designer Christian Lacroix designed the
current Air France uniform.
Air France: Logo
Upon its founding, Air France assumed the seahorse logo of
its forerunner Air Orient, called the hippocampe ailé
(sometimes mockingly called la crevette – or shrimp – by its
employees), as its symbol.
The hippocampe ailé was featured on the nose section of
aircraft next to the Groupe Air France title before the AirFrance KLM merger; following the merger, the Air FranceKLM logo was substituted at the nose area on both Air
France and KLM aircraft (in place of the KLM/Northwest
“Worldwide” reliability mark featured on KLM aircraft between
1993-2002), and the hippocampe ailé was moved to engine
The acronym AF was also used importantly featured on the
airline flag and signage.
Air France formally changed its logo to a red stripe on 7
Air France: Destinations
Air France, from 2011, is a full service international airline.
Air France operates flights to 36 domestic destinations and
168 global destinations in 93 countries (includes Overseas
departments and territories of France) across six major
continents; this includes Air France Cargo services and
destinations served by franchisees Air Corsica, CityJet, and
The majority of Air France global flights operate flights from
Paris-Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport; as part of the Air
France-KLM regional offensive that permits the airports to
become significant European airports, Air France additionally
has a significant presence at Paris-Orly, Lyon-Saint-Exupéry,
Marseilles Provence, Toulouse Blagnac, Nice Côte d‟Azur,
and Bordeaux-Merignac airports.
New routes and codeshare agreements are taking shape as
Air France becomes more of a strategic partner of Delta Air
Lines and Alitalia through the SkyTeam alliance and a large
Air France: Codeshare
Air France, besides its subsidiaries CityJet and HOP!, and its
SkyTeam alliance partnership, offers frequent flyer partnerships with
almost two dozen airlines (from June 2013):
Air Tahiti Nui
Gol Transportes Aéreos
Middle East Airlines
Royal Air Morac
TAAG Angola Airlines
Ukraine International Airlines
Air France 777-328ER in SkyTeam
livery, Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport
Air France Airbus A321, Amsterdam
Air France Airbus (and American Airlines MD80), Newark Liberty International Airport
Air France 747-400, Boston
Logan International Airport
Air France Commercial 2011 - L'Envol - Mozart K488 Adagio:
Air France Commercial 2013 „Women‟ 2013:
Air France Safety Video (All French):