I was going through a book that was given to me, telling the story of Air Inter.Click for large version
In the book I came across something interesting. In the late 80's Air Inter leased a white 747-128 from Air France with only 2 Air Inter stickers by door 1L and 2L.
The 747-128 was F-BPVD and operated 1096 flights from Paris-Orly to Marseilles, Nice, Toulouse and Bordeaux.
It was equipped with 463 main deck single class seats and 16 seats on the upper-deck.
The author of the article about the 747 at Air Inter, captain Georges Bonnot, who was an Air Inter 747 captain, said that they managed to turn the plane ready for departure in 45 minutes.
The plane flew domestically with IT from sunday afternoon until friday noon and was back at Air France for the week-end to operate a flight to the French West-Indies.
Air Inter rated its own pilots and cabin crew on the 747. Some pilots came from the Mercure, others from the Airbus and 3 first ofiicers came from the Fokker 27.
The contract ran from April 1st 1988 until March 31st 1989.
The 747 unit was created to face the increase of passengers number flying on Air Inter domestically. 2 Airbus A300 with a full load of passengers were taking off every morning 15 minutes apart, from MRS and TLS to ORY. Air Inter was looking for a bigger airplane to help it sustain the demand.
AF Cabin Crew.
A picture of F-BPVD, involved in the Air Inter partnership.
Photo © Alexander Schwarz