Air France celebrates 90 years of elegance around the world


After celebrating 90 years of elegance in the heart of Paris, Air France continues to celebrate this exceptional event around the globe with its customers, its partners and staff.

This anniversary is the perfect occasion for Air France to showcase 90 years of technology, innovation and comfort on board its aircraft at selected destinations worldwide. 90 years of travel, fine dining, design, haute couture, art and architecture. With exhibitions of vintage memorabilia in iconic locations, and fashion shows featuring the companys uniforms, past and present, Air France is showcasing its legacy to the world, with events taking place in Rome and Delhi, Accra and Washington, Shanghai and Buenos Aires. The celebrations continue throughout the year and into 2024, with events planned in Madrid, Montreal, Abidjan and Tokyo.

Spotlight on the Air France fashion show at the Corcovado

In Rio de Janeiro, Air France has created and filmed the worlds first-of-its-kind fashion show featuring the companys uniforms at the top of the famous Corcovado, specially illuminated in the airlines colours. The selected uniforms include the very first stewards uniform from 1933, as well as outfits designed by the fashion house Dior in 1962,Cristbal Balenciaga in 1969, Jean Patou in 1976, and the current uniform designed by Christian Lacroix in 2005.

Air France celebrated its 90th anniversary of elegance from the top of Corcovado Mountain

Air France, 90 years of elegance

Created from the merger of Air Orient, Air Union, Socit Gnrale de Transports Ariens, the Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Arienne and Aropostale, Air France was officially inaugurated on 7th October 1933. Ever since, the company has continued to create its legend by promoting the French art of travel around the world. Air France today offers its customers close to 1,000 daily flights to 200 destinations with a fleet of more than 240 aircraft.

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BMW Group France, Major Partner of Les Rencontres d’Arles since 2010, presents the exhibition INSOLARE, by artist Eva Nielsen and curator Marianne Derrien, the winning duo of the BMW ART MAKERS, a partnership program dedicated to the visual arts.

The INSOLARE project is a new experiment carried out as part of the BMW ART MAKERS. It is the result of a collaboration between Eva Nielsen and Marianne Derrien, and was designed especially for Les Rencontres dArles and Paris Photo. Their approach, which is both poetic and scientific, questions time and the sedimentation of the urban and Camargue landscape.

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  • BMW Group France, patron of Les Rencontres dArles for the 14th year, is providing the Festival with a fleet of electrified BMW cars to transport guests, artists and curators.
  • INSOLARE, by Eva Nielsen and Marianne Derrien, was created as part of the BMW ART MAKERS program and developed with Les Rencontres dArles, where it will be shown for the first time, before being exhibited at Paris Photo in November 2023.
  • The BMW ART MAKERS program, created by BMW Group France, supports a duo each year in the creation of a joint project focusing on innovation and the visual arts and offers a grant of 10,000 euros to the artist, 8,000 euros to the curator, and a budget of 15,000 euros for the research and production of the works as well as the production of the exhibitions.
  • BMW is also committed to promoting female talent by supporting the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles since its inception.

The INSOLARE project is a new experiment carried out as part of the BMW ART MAKERS. It is the result of a collaboration between Eva Nielsen and Marianne Derrien, and was designed especially for Les Rencontres dArles and Paris Photo. Their approach, which is both poetic and scientific, questions time and the sedimentation of the urban and Camargue landscape. They evoke the environmental changes that are leading to the disappearance of certain urban, industrial and natural landscapes, where the human footprint is always in question.

The artist Eva Nielsen has taken up the subject of geographical and geological change, a subject that few women have echoed. The BMW ART MAKERS winner has made several trips to the Camargue, where she has taken hundreds of photographs. She combines her observation of climatic and geological phenomena with a technical gesture, that of exposure, particularly used in screen printing. The different materials and media used by the artist – photography, silk-screening, painting and printing – are superimposed and hybridised, resulting in a form of transfiguration. Like a topographer, Franco-Danish artist Eva Nielsen defines her work as a state of awareness of the reality of a territory, its architecture and its environment. With INSOLARE, the works change, like the urban and industrial landscape of the Camargue.

Marianne Derrien, curator, explains that with INSOLARE, Eva Nielsen takes optical and hydro-geological phenomena and combines them with a technical gesture, that of exposure, used in particular in screen-printing. A spectrum of both rural and industrial reality, this project crosses the artists trajectories with those of the territories at the gateway to Arles, where the Camargue begins. This vast triangular island formed by the Gulf of Lion and the bifurcation of the Rhne called They becomes a field of experimentation. Faced with̀ the intensitý of natural phenomena and forces, between drought and rising waters, living areas circulate and migrate in Eva Nielsens works through superimpositions of screen-printed images and paintings offering a fragmented vision of these territories. Blurring the boundaries between media, practices and motifs, INSOLARE brings to life the sedimentation of the Camargues solar and liquid landscapes.

Christoph Wiesner, Director of the Rencontres dArles, explains that the exhibition is part of the Geographies of the Gaze section of the 54th Rencontres dArles. Alongside other artists whose work reveals a state of awareness of the reality of climate and ecological upheaval, Eva Nielsen takes us on a journey through the Camargue region, where geography meets the traces of a contemporary history rich in its past, in a sensitive and original approach at the crossroads of different practices.

Eva Nielsen and Marianne Derriens project on the impact of human activity on the land is a natural fit for the BMW ART MAKERS program. Were proud to be presenting a ground-breaking exhibition in Arles, a key venue for lovers of the visual arts. The intermingling of mediums and their use as a lever for innovation totally echo the values of the BMW Group, which is fully committed to contributing to the trajectory towards carbon neutrality and has presented a concept for a 100% recyclable and recycled car by 2040, explains Maryse Bataillard, Head of Corporate Communications and CSR, BMW Group France.

A scenography designed specifically to respond to ecological and heritage preservation issues. With the environment in mind, the scenography has been designed to ensure that materials are produced and used as sparingly as possible. Suspended metal structures have replaced the traditional picture rails, and will be reused at Paris Photo in November 2023.

The Clotre Saint-Trophime has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, as one of the Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles. The system created by Marianne Derrien and Eva Nielsen respects the constraints of this unique and historic exhibition space. Between the vaults and the works, they created a graphic and geometric interplay of resonance and repetition, while addressing the issue of seriality from both a technical and aesthetic point of view.

BMW Group cultural engagement is based on long term partnerships with hundreds of projects internationally for more than 50 years now. Since 2022, BMW Group has also been an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and Paris + by Art Basel.

The BMW ART MAKERS 2023 Jury was composed of :

  • Florence Bourgeois, Director of Paris Photo,
  • Fabrice Bousteau, Editorial Director of Beaux-Arts Magazine,
  • Herv Digne, Chairman of Manifesto,
  • Fannie Escoulen, Delegate for Photography at the French Ministry of Culture
  • Chantal Nedjib, Founder of lImage par limage,
  • Christophe Ono-dit-Biot, writer, Deputy Editorial Director of Le Point.
  • Christoph Wiesner, Director of Rencontres dArles,
  • Maryse Bataillard, Head of Corporate Communications and CSR BMW Group France

Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain and French embassy delegation attends opening ceremony of ‘Country Focus’ section in 53rd IFFI

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Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain and French embassy delegation attends opening ceremony of ‘Country Focus’ section in 53rd IFFI

“We are very enthusiastic about Film Bazaar, South Asia’s largest film market”

India being the largest movie industry in the world, we want to work together in co-production of Films: Ambassador of France to India

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The screening of movies from France which is the ‘Country of Focus’ in the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) started off today, with the screening of Emmanuel Carrère’s ‘Between Two Worlds’ (Ouistreham) at INOX, Goa today. The Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain was present along with a French embassy delegation of the Consul General of France in Bombay Mr. Jean-Marc Séré-Charlet, Counsellor for Education, Science & Culture and Director of French Institute India Mr. Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens and others. The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Ms. Neerja Shekhar felicitated the French Delegation in the opening ceremony of the first ‘Country Focus’ film this year.

The Ambassador of France Mr. Emmanuel Lenain introduced a French film delegation who are making a film on their ancestors who were officers in Napolean’s army and had come to India after defeat in the Battle of Waterloo to help Indian rulers fight against the British. In this context, Mr. Lenain said that this movie will reflect the long-lasting friendship between both the countries.

The French Ambassador said that it is a great honour for them to be invited as the ‘Country of Focus’ in IFFI. “We are enthusiastic about film bazaar, South Asia’s largest film market”, he said. He also expressed hope about the new projects emerging from their participation in the festival in Goa this year. 

“We feel that like India, we are also a great nation of cinema with more than 300 movies produced each year”, said the French Ambassador to India.

The Ambassador of France to India stated that, India being the largest movie industry in the world, they want to work together for films and do co-production together. Coproduction in France is a priority, he added. He further said that they will do everything possible to encourage coproduction.

He also stated that they want more movies to b shot in France, as it will enable them to show their country to the audience in India. He assured to help in making shooting in France seamless. He also said that there are good movie-making and animation schools in France.

Speaking on the connection between France and India in cinema, he mentioned about the contribution made by Lumière Brothers, who are regarded as the inventors of movie industry and how they came to Mumbai in 1896 and their first movie was screened at the Watson Hotel in the then Bombay.

He mentioned Indo-French joint production films like Lunchbox, Sir and others, which were outstanding successes. He also mentioned Chhello Show, India’s official entry to the 2023 Oscars which is an Indo-French co – production.


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Air France awarded 5 stars in APEX airline ratings


At the APEX/IFSA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Air France was certified for the first time as a 5-star airline in the official 2023 APEX airline ratings.

To draw up these ratings on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, over one million flights were rated by passengers from nearly 600 airlines worldwide. For Air France, this first place on the rating scale recognizes the comfort of its seats, the excellence of its cabin service, the quality of its catering offer, the wealth of in-flight entertainment and its connectivity service.

At the ceremony, Air France was also a finalist in the “IFSA Best Inflight Food or Beverage” category for its sustainable onboard experience. In terms of catering, by the end of 2022, Air France will offer 100% French meat, dairy and egg products on all its flights departing from Paris, as well as fish from sustainable fisheries. A vegetarian dish is also systematically offered and children’s and infant menus are prepared using organically grown products. To limit food waste, the airline also offers a pre-flight meal order service in the Business cabin on its entire long-haul network. Air France is also committed to recycling and eliminating 90% of single-use plastic on board its aircraft by the beginning of 2023, notably through the development of eco-designed on-board items.

In 2022, Air France also received the highest distinction for the second year running – the Diamond Award – in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying ranking. This ranking recognizes the best measures implemented by airlines in terms of health and safety on board. The company was also recognized for the quality of its health measures in its lounges at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Following comprehensive audits of the Air France Protect programme, which covers all the airline’s health measures on the ground and on board, APEX rewarded Air France’s commitment to making the health and safety of its customers and staff a top priority.

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) is a network of the world’s leading airlines, airports, alliances, suppliers, and related companies committed to elevating the air travel experience for passengers. The APEX Awards, held annually, is the first official airline rating programme based solely on passenger feedback. More than one million flights were rated by customers of nearly 600 airlines worldwide.

The International Flight Service Association (IFSA) is a global professional association created to serve the needs and interests of the onboard services industry.

Japan – F.C.C. TSR Honda France Fights Back to Win Second FIM Endurance World Championship Title

F.C.C. TSR Honda France, running second in the 2022 FIM* Endurance World Championship (EWC), made a comeback to win this year’s championship in the final round, the Bol d’Or 2022, held at Circuit Paul Ricard on September 17 – 18. The team has won the title for the second time, its first in the 2017-2018 season.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France kicked off its 2022 campaign with riders Josh Hook (29 years old, Australia), Geno Rea (33 years old, UK) and Mike Di Meglio (24 years old, France) on a Honda CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP.

In the season-opener, the 24 Heures Motos held at Le Mans, the team qualified third, and finished third. In Round 2, the 24H SPA EWC Motos, the team started fourth on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps grid, and although down to tenth place mid-race, made a dramatic comeback to fourth, and a last lap charge by Rea gave them third in the final results.

In Round 3, the Suzuka 8 Hours, held for the first time in three years, Rea crashed during free practice and was transported by helicopter to a hospital. Hook and Di Meglio was left to ride the eight-hour classic at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie. They qualified fourth, and although they faced numerous problems throughout the race, reclaimed places and finished tenth.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France headed into the final round, the Bol d’Or 2022, second overall, 23 points behind the series leader. Alan Techer (28 years old, France), one of the riders in the team’s previous victory in 2017-2018, stood in for Rea, in the hope that his experience will help them reclaim the title. The team started from fourth on the grid at 3:00 pm on the 17th. Two incidents sent their placing down to 28th, but consistent and determined riding brought the team back up to 4th place by the time the race ended at 3:00 pm on the 18th. As other championship contenders fail to complete the race, F.C.C. TSR Honda France won the overall championship.

Josh Hook | F.C.C. TSR Honda France
“I have learned from the past to never take a result for granted before the chequered flag. We have come back from complicated situations in the past and nothing is ever certain. Like everyone else, we did our race and never gave up. We did very well, all three of us were fast, especially at night. We were quickly no longer in a position to fight for victory, so we focused on the championship, which was clearly the priority goal. We chose to take care of the engine as much as possible to avoid the problems that most of our competitors have. And it’s done!”

Mike Di Meglio | F.C.C. TSR Honda France
“I’m very happy to finally be World Endurance Champion! I came so close with GMT94 and I’m really proud of this title after so many years of fighting for it. It was a really tough race. We had some problems and our opponents were forced to stop one after the other. When Tati Team #4 was fighting at the front, we decided to build up enough of a gap to our chaser to get out of trouble. But when they dropped down the rankings, we changed our strategy to preserve the engine as much as possible by shifting earlier on the straight. It was the best thing to do because the world championship was more important than a podium finish.”

Alan Techer | F.C.C. TSR Honda France
“It was a complicated race for everyone, we also had some mechanical problems. The team worked hard to reduce the time spent in the pits and, with my teammates, we did our best to respect the race plan. The objective was clearly the title, and after the Suzuki’s retirement, we battled with the Tati Team, my former team. This is a special emotion for me, because I win this title with the team that had already given me the chance to be champion in 2018. We also have a big thought for Gino to whom we dedicate this title.”

* FIM: Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme

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