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Air France Celebrates 50 Years To Mexico

Wed May 01, 2002 3:24 pm

"Fifty years of un-interuptded service between the capitals of Mexico and France.

On April 28, 2002 Air France celebrated 50 years of un-interupted service between Paris and Mexico City. The first flight by Air France between the old world and the Mexican Republic was established by the “Super C Constellation” piloted by Capt. Moreau after making stops in Shannon, Gander, and New York. The flight on a plane registered F-BAZT, landed at Mexico City International Airport after traveling a distance of 11,200 kilometers in 22 hours. The flight transported the company's official committee and the President of the company at the time, Mr. Max Hymans.

On January 15, 1954, Air France obtained 5th freedom rights between New York (Idlewild) and Mexico City International, becoming the first airline flying that route.

On January 16, 1961, the Boeing 707 was introduced on the route reducing the flight time to 16 hours and 20 minutes. In 1969, Air France re-sheduled the route to be flown as: New York - Guadalajara – Mexico City – Puerto Vallarta. During this time the cities of Saint Tropez, and Puerto Vallarta became sister cities.

By April of 1973, the Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet” unites both cities on a 4 weekly schedule replacing New York (JFK) with Houston, Texas.

In 1978, Air France inaugurates “Concorde” service between Mexico City and Paris twice weekly. The flights stopped in Washington D.C. and where later changed to New York (JFK) After 4 years of service the flights were discontinued in late 1982.

In June of 1993, Air France started flying the route nonstop, using brand new Airbus A340s. In 1995 Air France and AeroMexico sign a code-share agreement, which permitted both companies to optimize their operations on the route. The strategy worked so well that in 1998 the presidents of both companies signed an extended contract for two daily flights between Mexico City and Paris.

In March of 1998, Air France introduces the 747-400 on the daily flight to Mexico City only to be replaced in December of 2002, by the brand-new and more comfortable Boeing 777.

In June of 2000, Air France and AeroMexico along with Delta Airlines and Korean Air create the Skyteam Alliance further straightening their ties.

Air France is proud to contribute to the commercial and cultural ties between Mexico and France by always maintaining a spirit of innovation and quality service.

During the month of April, Air France will be celebrating by offering double miles on Frequence Plus on the route to Mexico.

The week of April 29 - May 3rd will be named, THE WEEK OF MEXICO, in the corporate and central offices of the company in Paris as well as in Charles de Gualle. Brochures, adds, and tourist information on Mexico will be offered to the personel of Air France. The restaurant for the employees of Air France will also feature Mexican specialties along with Mexican musicians for entertainment. A book will also be published to celebrate the occasion."


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Translated from: http://www.francia.org.mx/cultura/exposiciones/AirFrance/expoAirFrance.htm

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RE: Air France Celebrates 50 Years To Mexico

Wed May 01, 2002 5:29 pm

Hello,

Nice report LatinPlane!

For those who want to learn more about the Concorde flights to Mexico... Click here.


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RE: Air France Celebrates 50 Years To Mexico

Wed May 01, 2002 9:17 pm

I think CDG-MEX is a popular route because of the fact that many French tourists love to visit Mexico, not to mention considerable business travel between the two cities.

If MEX (or the rumored replacement airport there) can accommodate the A380-800 I think AF would love to fly the A388 on this route, one of AF's longest-lasting oversea international routes.
 
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RE: Air France Celebrates 50 Years To Mexico

Wed May 01, 2002 9:55 pm

Congratulations Air France and Mexico.
Thanks Latin Plane for that article.

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RE: Air France Celebrates 50 Years To Mexico

Wed May 01, 2002 9:58 pm

Hello,

In fact, the cooperation agreement reached in 1995 between Air France and AeroMexico aimed at making CDG-MEX the main one on the Europe-MEX market.

AeroMexico ash heavily marketed itself in France and both airlines have coordined their schedules to offer a wider set of connections at both hubs.

MEX was however not mentioned as a primary A380 destination for AF. [That would be a large capacity growth from the current daily 777-200ER service]

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