Come October 7th, 2023, the skies will shimmer a little brighter as Air France celebrates 90 years. From its maiden flight in 1933, Air France embodies the essence of French sophistication and the art of luxurious travel.
A Rich Legacy Takes Center Stage
Born through the merger of prestigious aviation entities Air Orient and Aéropostale, Air France’s inception in 1933 was monumental. Now a global giant, Air France connects passengers to 200 destinations through nearly 1,000 daily flights.
2023 isn’t just about looking back at 90 years of state-of-the-art technology, fine dining, innovative design, and haute couture. It’s also a celebration of a relentless quest for excellence. That is a hallmark that resonates in every cabin of their 240-strong fleet.
Crafting History Through Fashion
Air France commissioned Xavier Ronze, the maestro behind costume design at the Paris Opera Ballet, to craft a special collection. The result? Five iconic dresses in a gesture that bridges past elegance with modern design. These masterpieces will be showcased at the revered Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann from September 28 to October 10, 2023. Their design encapsulates the airline’s nine-decade journey. From aircraft motifs to intricate uniform designs, these dresses will be a beacon of the company’s legendary past.
A Window into the World of Air France
The Galeries Lafayette, Paris’s fashion heartland, provides the perfect canvas to unveil this dress collection. But it’s not just about the dresses. The display offers a glimpse into Air France’s history. It is a rich tapestry woven with legendary aircraft, designer uniforms, gourmet in-flight dining, and groundbreaking design.
Become a Part of This Legacy
The airline offers more than a view for those smitten by Air France’s legacy. Inside the Galeries Lafayette, a pop-up store beckons, featuring limited-edition aircraft models, vintage travel bags, iconic posters, and much more. And for a touch of opulence, products from French luxury brands like Vanessa Bruno and Delsey are exclusively available. Not to forget, Air France’s original tableware, bearing the signature of artist Jean Picart Le Doux, is up for grabs. Purchase aids the Air France Foundation’s mission to help children worldwide.
A Tribute to Fashion and History
The celebrations wouldn’t be complete without a nod to fashion. Throughout this period, visitors to the Galeries Lafayette can witness fashion shows that encapsulate 90 years of French elegance. Models draped in Air France uniforms spanning eras and designed by legends like Christian Dior. The display promises to transport audiences through time.
Air France – More Than Just an Airline. An élan for Travel.
As it has done since 1933, Air France continues to exemplify French excellence globally. With a steadfast commitment to sustainability, the airline pioneers initiatives to reduce carbon footprints. Air France’s sustainability initiatives include acquiring fuel-efficient aircraft and supporting the development of sustainable aviation fuel.
Celebrating 90 years isn’t just about honoring the past and setting the stage for future glory. Here’s to Air France, the beacon of global aviation elegance.