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Air France- World's Largest Airline?  
User currently offlineDETA737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 643 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

I was looking through the huge collection of old magazines in my basement and I all the Air France ads from the 1950s and early 1960s were particularly interesting. All of them have the slogan "Air France The World's Largest Airline". I was wondering if they ever were the world's largest. I find it hard to believe that they were larger than Pan Am or even BOAC or TWA at this time. If anyone knows the logic behind this slogan please share.

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User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

From around 1950 to 1990, Aeroflot was the largest in the world.

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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7224 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

I've always assumed they were claiming to have the longest total route-mileage (or kilometerage); don't know whether it was true. They never were the world's largest by any normal criterion, of course.

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

As TWA902fly pointed out, Aeroflot was by far the worlds largest airline, as it controlled every aircraft movement with in the Soviet Union. However, Air France's route network was far-flung for an airline in those days, serving the Far East, Africa, North America, and South America. I think Timz is correct in assuming that Air France was the largest in mileage.


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User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2638 times:


Yes, indeed, Air France had the longest network in the world at that time.

In fact Air France was also one of the leader with alliances in 1970s: they ranked second after Lufthansa. And according to studies conducted by 'Airline Business', they ranked first worldwide for the number of agreements in 1998.

Air France has never been the largest airline in the world, but apart from the dark years of the early 1990s, they've always been among the leaders in Europe, and in the world.

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Alain Mengus

User currently offlineKonaB777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

In terms of passenger-miles or whatever they are called, United has been the biggest since 1961.

User currently offlineAdy From Panama, joined Nov 2000, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

I believe Pan-Am was the largest airline at those times. Air France must have just said they were for pure marketing.

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