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Air France Menu Collection SDASM.SC.10002
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  • Biographical/Historical note
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  • Preferred Citation note
  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Title: Air France Menu Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10002
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.17 Cubic feet 1 manuscript box
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1970
    Abstract: This collection contains menus from Air France flights between Paris and Los Angeles and between Paris and Buenos Aires during the 1980s.
    Language of Materials note: English and French

    Biographical/Historical note

    Air France was formed on October 7, 1933 from a merger of Air Orient, Air Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne (CIDNA), and Société Générale de Transport Aérien (SGTA). In June 1945 French civil aviation was nationalized and, at the end of 1945, the entire French air transport network was entrusted to Air France. In 1946, the Paris to New York route was officially inaugurated.
    In 1990, the airline acquired the operations of French domestic carrier Air Inter and international rival UTA - Union des Transports Aériens. Air France served as France's primary national flag carrier for seven decades prior to its 2003 merger with KLM. Between April 2001 and March 2002, the airline carried 43.3mn passengers and had a total revenue of €12.53bn. In November 2004, Air France ranked as the largest European airline with 25.5% total market share, and was the largest airline in the world in terms of operating revenue.
    The Air France Special Collection contains menus, mostly in French and English, given on flights from Paris to Los Angeles, and also from Buenos Aires to Paris. The menus and their special presentation were in commemoration of the bicentenary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. The Bastille was a fortress and prison, the fall of which is widely considered the start of the French Revolution. Other menus feature images of various model aircraft.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    The collection is open to the public by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    For copyright and use information, please contact the library director.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

    Related Archival Materials note

    Digitized images from this collection can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/sets/72157633109595037/
    Related SDASM Collections: Affiches, Posters, Air France, 1933-1983 / Jérôme Peignot: O/S N 8217 .A4 .P45 1988

    Scope and Contents note

    One box, 12” x 2.5” x 10.5”. The Air France Special Collection contains menus, mostly in French and English, the majority given on flights from Paris to Los Angeles, and also one (1) from Buenos Aires to Paris, all in the 1980s. Eight (8) of the menus are in commemoration of the bicentenary of the storming of Bastille in 1789. Other menus contain images of models of different types of aircraft used by Air France as well as featured art work. There are 34 items in the collection, not including duplicates.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Aeronautics, Commercial
    Air France
    Airline menus