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Air France (AF)

Air France is France’s national airline. It’s the main pattern of KLM and is also part of the SkyTeam Alliance. Air France services 168 destinations in the world and 36 cities in France with departures from Paris, where the company is based with its hub out of the Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport. From London, catch cheap flights to Paris in style onboard Air France! The Air France-KLM partnership is the leading provider in Europe for long-haul flights.

Identity Card

  • IATA Code: AF
  • Number of serviced cities: 204 destinations
  • Main hub: Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  • Alliance: SkyTeam
  • Fleet: 245 aircraft

History of Air France

The history of Air France begins in 1933 with the fusion of the four most important French transport companies. It kept the emblem from Air Orient, that of Hippocamus. The first event marking the history of Air France was the launch of cheap flights to New York from Paris in 1946. At this time however it took around 20 hours to cross the Atlantic. Air France completely modernised their fleet in the 1950’s with the arrival of Lockheed constellation. In 1978, it introduced the Business Class which a lot of other airlines adopted later. Air France was partially privatised in 1999 and entered into alliance with Sky Team with three other airlines. The partnership with KLM was not established until 2000 and finally in 2009 Air France received its first Airbus A380, a double-decker airplane with four engines. It is the largest passenger airliner in the world.

Travel with Air France: practical information

  • Onboard services

    • Meals: The meals are tradition French cuisine. If you follow a strict diet, be sure to advise Air France at least 48 hours before your flight. The design-conscious will appreciate the fact that the airline’s dinner ware was designed by Philippe Starck, a famous French designer.
    • Entertainment: Air France offers hundreds of films, both new releases and classics, on long-haul flights. There are cartoons for kids, games, and newspapers available. Most aircrafts are equipped with individual screens.
  • Baggage Allowances

    • Cabin: 1 bag is permitted with the maximum dimensions of 55 x 35 x 25cm, the maximum weight being 12kg plus a handbag (purse, laptop bag, camera bag, etc.)
    • Checked: The rules vary according to destinations. For the long-distance flights 1 bag is permitted, with a maximum weight allowance of 23kg. On European flights, 1 piece of checked luggage is permitted weighing up to 23kg and must not be larger than 158cm (height + length + width).
    • Excess: On domestic flights, €3 for every extra kg. To other European destinations there is a fee of €12 for every extra kilo and on the long-distance flights €30. Avoid the extra fees and purchase additional baggage allowance up to 30 hours before your flight.

Discounts and Special Offers

Children less than 2 years of age travel for free if they are sitting on the lap of their accompanying adult. There are discounts for those travelling under the age of 25 and over the age of 60.


Telephone: 0871 66 33 777
Departure cities: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle

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