Air France and the French art of fine dining

Published on March 15, 2016
  • © Air France

    © Air France

  • © Air France

    © Air France

Air France and the French art of fine dining fr

By using real taste stylists to draw up the menus in its La Première and Business cabins, Air France is confirming its role as ambassador of French fine cuisine and lifestyle. The Company entrusts a number of dishes from the La Première and Business class menus to a renowned French Chef on board its long-haul flights from Paris. Guy Martin, Michel Roth, and Régis Marcon have already endorsed this role of ambassador of French cuisine on board Air France flights, by offering one of their creations from the various hot dishes on the menu.


La Première, relaying the tradition of the best French restaurants

In its La Première cabin, Air France offers cuisine worthy of the finest restaurants. The La Première menu proposes Champagne, foie gras, and caviar as an exceptional appetizer or starter.  Michelin-starred French chefs take turns creating original gourmet meals available on flights departing Paris. The desserts served are by Lenôtre. The wine list offers the most carefully chosen wines.


Régis Marcon, a starred Chef in Air France’s Business class cabin

A dish signed by Régis Marcon has been one of the four main dishes on the menu available on board flights departing from Paris. Renowned for his authentic cuisine, the Chef’s gourmet creations are renewed twice a month for the pleasure of frequent travellers.

By choosing this triple Michelin-starred chef Air France wishes to promote its role of ambassador of fine cuisine around the world. With dishes featuring Puy green lentils and black morels, Régis Marcon brilliantly concocts tempting seasonal dishes with the best French produce. 


Wines and Champagne on board

Air France renews its offer of wines and spirits to enable customers to discover the incredible wealth of French wine varieties. On its entire network, the Company has been offering a choice of wines selected by Paolo Basso, voted world’s best sommelier in 2013. In La Première and Business cabins, he works together with Bettane & Desseauve, authors of the French Wine Guide.

Every year over one and a half million bottles of wine and over eight hundred thousand bottles of Champagne are served on board Air France flights. The symbol of French art de vivre, Air France is the only airline to offer Champagne on board long-haul international flights to all its passengers, including in the Economy cabin, at no extra cost.

Air France cabin crew undergo specific training on wine and champagne at the in-flight training center. For example flight attendants receive training on how to serve wine, how the bottle must be presented and the precise order in which information on the wines' origin, name of the chateau, year and classification must be given.


The particularities of an aircraft cabin

Wines are chosen for their capacity to adapt to the constraints linked to the particular environment of air transport. Dry air and cabin pressure modify how tastes are perceived. The hard components of a wine such as the tannins, acids and mineral salts in wines will be brought to the fore.  However, the natural air present during cabin service gives the wine back its full flavour. The wines chosen are therefore suited to this specific environment.

With Air France you can benefit from great fares and numerous choices of connections from 8 Australian cities to Paris and more than 80 destinations in Europe. Air France cooperates with multiple partner airlines from all Australian major cities to Asian or Middle Eastern gateways, where you connect to an Air  France operated flight onto the worldwide Air France KLM network, via Paris Charles de Gaulle.

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