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Air France is one of the largest airlines in the world. It is based in France. It is owned by Air France-KLM. Before it merged with KLM, it employed 71,654 people. Its headquarters are at Charles de Gaulle International Airport near Paris.


The airline can be traced back to 1933, when four other French airlines were combined to create Air France. Air France hired its first flight attendants in 1946. The airline started flying between Paris and New York City on July 1, 1946. In 1957, the airline bought its first jet aircraft. Air France was one of 4 airlines that flew the Concorde. It used it from 1976 until 2003. In 1988, the airline became the first to fly the Airbus A320. In 2003, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France announced they were going to be combining. The combination ended in 2004. As of 2016, Air France is going through many financial problems.


Aircraft In service Orders Notes
A318-100 18 Largest operator of A318-100
A319-100 40 2 leased to Air Cote d'lvoire
A320-200 46 6 2 operated for Transavia France

1 leased to Air Corsica

A321-100 5
A321-200 18
A330-200 15
A340-300 13 Being retired in 2016
A350-900 18
A380-800 10 2
B777-200ER 25
B777-300ER 40 Launch customer
B787-9 12 Orders under review


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