Air France was formed on 7th October 1933, with the merger of five airlines - Air Orient, Air Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne (CIDNA), and Société Générale de Transport Aérien (SGTA). During World War II, Air France moved its operations to Casablanca, Morocco. After the war was over, the air service company got nationalized and Societe Nationale Air France was set up, on January 1, 1946. The same year, Air France opened its first air terminal at Les Invalides, in central Paris. By 1948, Air France was operating one of the largest fleets in the world, with 130 aircrafts.
Air France is one of the subsidiaries of the Air France KLM Group, the world's leading airline group in terms of its turnover. Air France-KLM is also the largest airline company in the world in terms of operating revenues and the third largest one (being largest in Europe) in terms of passengers-kilometers. The airline is also one of the founding members of the global Star Alliance of airlines. Air France has its global hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Apart from that, it has secondary hubs at Paris Orly Airport, Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, and Nice Côte d'Azur Airport. Its corporate headquarters are located at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, north of Paris.
The fleet of Air France comprises of Airbus A318-100, Airbus A319-100, Airbus A319LR, Airbus A320-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-100, Airbus A321-200, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A340-300, Airbus A380-800, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 747-400BCF, Boeing 747-400ERF and Boeing 777F.
Air France presently flies to 200 destinations, in 88 countries across the world. It covers almost the whole of Europe, including U.K, Switzerland, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Serbia, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Germany, Armenia Austria, Denmark and Czech Republic. In Africa, it serves Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya, Angola, Cameroon, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Benin and Mali, among others. Air France also provides service to the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, U.S, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay, and Chile besides covering China, Japan and South Korea in East Asia, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Syria in South West Asia. Among the Asia destinations, it also covers Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and Bangladesh. In India, the destinations covered by it are Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad and Chennai.