Saturday, September 09, 2017

Air France completes 50 years of Mumbai-Paris flight

Mumbai: Air France added Mumbai to its Far East network and launched flights from Mumbai on September 7, 1967. The airline now operates a daily service between Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport by Boeing 777-220.

Air France began connecting Far East Asia as early as 1930, and its first flights to India were from Jodhpur, Allahabad and Calcutta. As more powerful aircrafts entered the airline industry, it began Boeing flight connecting Paris to Tokyo via New Delhi or Calcutta. By 1967, Mumbai was expanding rapidly, and Air France started the Mumbai-Paris flight.

Presently, its flight AF217 leaves Mumbai at 2 am and reaches Paris at 8 am daily, while its flight AFF218 leaves Paris at 11.10 am and arrives in Mumbai at 11.30 pm.

On its flights, Air France offers an Indian vegetarian meal option, Bollywood movies in inflight entertainment and even provides Air France agents fluent in English and Hindi at Charles de Gaulle airport for Indian passengers.
08/09/17 Mumbai Mirror