Air France marks 60 years in Canada
June 21, 2010, Montreal - Air France says it will use one of its new Airbus A380s on a one-day-only flight to Montreal on Oct. 7 to mark the airline's 60 years in Canada.
June 21, 2010 By The Canadian Press
The airline operates three of the 538-seat aircraft — the largest passenger airliner in the world — on flights from Paris to New York and Johannesburg. It plans to add Tokyo as a third destination in September.
The aircraft has also seen commercial passenger use by Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Lufthansa.
The Air France anniversary event is planned for the flight from Paris to Montreal-Trudeau airport, followed by the outbound flight from Montreal.
Seats for the flights will be sold online at airfrance.ca and through travel agencies, the airline says. As well, some 60 seats will be reserved for various contests surrounding the 60th anniversary, including a photography contest the airline has launched on its website.
Air France dates its presence in Canada to Oct. 2, 1950, when it flew a Lockheed Constellation 749 to Dorval, after stopovers in Shannon and Gander. The first Air France Montreal-to-Paris flight left for Orly on Oct. 5 with 40 passengers.