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Air France Celebrates 40 Years of Washington

Air France is proudly celebrating 40
years of flights between Washington, D.C. and Paris. In honor of this
milestone, the airline is offering three special offers for passengers to
join the celebration and fly between the two capital cities.
* Frequence Plus 4040 Celebratory Bonus Miles: Travel between Washington,
D.C. and Paris from Oct. 15, 2004 to Dec. 15, 2004 and receive 4040
additional Frequence Plus frequent flyer miles per transatlantic segment.
This offer is valid for U.S.-resident Frequence Plus members only.
Non-members can enroll by visiting * Air
France Holidays 4th Night Free: Purchase a three-night air/land package
from Washington, D.C. to Paris, and the fourth night’s stay in Paris is
free. This offer is valid for packages booked before October 15, 2004 and
for travel between Nov. 1, 2004 and Mar. 31, 2005. Call 1-800-2-FRANCE for
more information and reservations. * 40 Ticket Trivia Test Giveaway: Win
one of 20 pairs (for the winner and a travel companion) of round-trip
economy class tickets from Washington, D.C. to any Air France destination
in Europe by answering the following question correctly: “If you’re flying
from Washington, D.C. to Paris on Wednesday, how many European countries
can you connect to when you arrive at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport on
Thursday?” For rules and entry, visit A Look
Back to 1964 - Inaugural Flight to Washington, D.C.

In 1964, Air France inaugurated service to Washington, D.C., with much
fanfare. On board the first flight were Joseph Roos, then Chairman of Air
France, along with 23 mayors of the largest European cities, and other
dignitaries. An elegant pre-flight reception was held at l’Hotel de Ville
de Paris. Upon arrival in Washington, the group was met and received by
Harry Bird, Jr., then senator of Virginia, and Herve Alphand, then French
ambassador to the United States. Including a one-and-a-half hour layover
in New York, the flight operated three times a week.

Today, Washington, D.C. is a major Air France international gateway with
twice-daily non-stop service to Paris, with connections to hundreds of
destinations worldwide.