At the time Air France was created in 1933, piloting a plane was no longer just the domain of adventurers.
In the early days of Air France, in-flight service was the exception, not the rule.
In the 1920s, the first airfields were often grass runways with huts on their edges.
In the beginning, Air France's business was concentrated in a 37,800 km network, which covered Europe, the Mediterranean basin, and South America, with an eastern extension toward Saigon.
Air France decided to provide its own maintenance for its planes from the beginning.
Sales and marketing
Since its beginnings, the sales department was modelled on aviation. The adventurous side of air travel was suited to a certain form of improvisation.
Années 1930. À une culture technique forte, Air France ajoute des savoir-faire tertiaires. Elle devient une entreprise commerciale, à la gestion rigoureuse.
Air freight made a late appearance at Air France.