Air France (formally Société Air France, S.A.), is the French flag carrier. It is a subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group and a founding member of the Sky Team global airline alliance. Air France serves domestic and operates worldwide scheduled passenger and cargo services. The airline’s main global hub is at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Air France was formed in 1933. During the Cold War, from 1950 until 1990, Air France was one of the three main Allied scheduled airlines operating in Germany at West Berlin’s Tempelhof and Tegel airports.
In 1976, Air France operated its inaugural supersonic transport service on the Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Rio route with Anglo-French BAC-Aerospatiale Concorde. Service to New York (JFK) – the only remaining Concorde service until its end – commenced in 1977. Paris to New York was flown in 3 hours 23 minutes, at about twice the speed of sound. Air France became one of only two airlines – British Airways being the other – to regularly operate supersonic services, and continued daily transatlantic Concorde service until 2003. In 1990, Air France acquired the operations of French domestic carrier Air Inter and international rival UTA.
Air France served as France’s primary national flag carrierr for seven decades prior to its 2003 merger with KLM.
The carrier’s regional airline subsidiary, Regional, operates the majority of its regional domestic and European scheduled services.