Air France (formally Société Air France SA), stylised as AirFrance, is the French flag carrier headquartered in Tremblay-en-France, France (north of Paris), and is one of the world's largest airlines. It is a subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group and a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. As of 2010 Air France serves 32 destinations in France and operates worldwide scheduled passenger and cargo services to 152 destinations in 91 countries (including Overseas departments and territories of France) and also carried 70 million passengers. The airline's global hub is at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, with Paris Orly Airport, Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, and Nice Côte d'Azur Airport serving as secondary hubs. Air France's corporate headquarters, previously in Montparnasse, Paris, are located on the grounds of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, north of Paris.
Air France was formed on 7 October 1933 from a merger of Air Orient, Air Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne (CIDNA), and Société Générale de Transport Aérien (SGTA). In 1990, the airline acquired the operations of French domestic carrier Air Inter and international rival UTA – Union des Transports Aériens. Air France served as France's primary national flag carrier for seven decades prior to its 2003 merger with KLM. Between April 2001 and March 2002, the airline carried 43.3 million passengers and had a total revenue of €12.53bn. In November 2004, Air France ranked as the largest European airline with 25.5% total market share, and was the largest airline in the world in terms of operating revenue.
Air France operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body jetliners on long-haul routes, and utilises Airbus A320 family aircraft on short-haul routes. Air France debuted the A380 on 20 November 2009 with service to New York's JFK Airport from Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport. The carrier's regional airline subsidiary, Régional, operates the majority of its regional domestic and European scheduled services with a fleet of regional jet and turboprop aircraft.
French description below:
Air France (officiellement Société Air France[réf. nécessaire]) (IATA : AF • OACI : AFR • indicatif radio : AIRFRANS1) est la principale compagnie aérienne française.
Elle a pour activité principale le transport de passagers, de fret ainsi que la maintenance et l'entretien des avions.
Elle dessert les principaux aéroports français, ainsi qu'un très grand nombre de destinations étrangères. Son hub principal est situé sur l'aéroport Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle avec lequel elle entretient de nombreux accords d'exploitation.
La compagnie fait partie du groupe privatisé Air France-KLM, et est également membre fondateur de l'alliance SkyTeam.
Air France possède la certification IOSA de l'IATA