DETA737 From Portugal, joined Oct 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2028 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.
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6867 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1939 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.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1932 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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AFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1902 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.