A Porsche Cayenne 4 x 4 driven by a British driver has become the world’s most successful tow car. It set a new world record as it tugged an Air France Airbus A380, weighing 285 tonnes, over a distance of 138ft (42 m) at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
40 years ago to the day, on 21 January 1976, Concorde took its first passengers, to Rio de Janeiro and Bahrain. It was the beginning of a supersonic story that would last 27 years. A chapter in commercial aviation, which we decided to review in images without commentary. Read the article. Watch the video.
Since late March, with the exception of those supplying Roissy Charles De Gaulle airport (Paris), all flights of Air France’s short-haul network, have been marketed under the entity Hop! Air France. A simplification necessary to restore profitability.
On 18th March, during a ferry flight between Toulouse (south west France) and Paris, along with a number of Air France staff and customers we were able to experience the comfort of the first A319’s brand new cabin. By the summer of 2016, a total of 49 Air France medium-haul aircraft will be refurbished.
Reclaiming Business Class clientèle to its medium-haul network is the new goal Air France has set itself, after attacking that of the long haul. On 27th November, at their company headquarters at Roissy (near Paris), the Chairman and CEO presented the new Business Class cabins seats that will be provided on some of its Airbus A319’s and A320’s from next April.
Following the merger in January of three Air France regional airlines together under the name of "Hop!", the French national carrier has decided to accelerate the transition even further. From next summer, all Air France domestic flights within Europe, except those serving Roissy airport, will be be marketed under the brand name "Hop! Air France".
On 21st October, Air France launched its first weekly Toulouse - Paris green fuelled flights. For one year, the airline will use a kerosene compound composed of 10% biofuel produced from sugar cane fermentation and manufactured by a subsidiary of Total oil in Brazil. Thanks to the addition of this product to the original normal fossil fuel, the greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 80%.
It was a big day for Air France. On June 23rd., the company, which has invested $ 500 million for a major refurbishment of its classes, carried out its first connection between Paris and New York with a B-777 equipped with new Economy, Premium Economy and Business class cabins, the first of 44 aircraft that will be refitted by the summer of 2016.
With the object of attracting its Business Class customers, Air France has unveiled its new seats for that category, which will be progressively installed from June on board its Boeing 777's ! This seat – sorry, "cocoon" - manufactured by Zodiac Aerospace, required four years of development and costs a whopping € 50,000 each !