Air France celebrates 70 years since the first stewardess aboard its aircraft
In April 1946, Air France officially welcomed the first 11 stewards on board its aircraft. Thanks to them, the company has managed to build a good reputation, and the services offered to passengers are to the highest standards of quality and safety.
Currently, of the 13.500 on board companions, over 8.800 are women. They represent the company worldwide and accompany the passengers along the flight with elegance and professionalism, illustrating the French style of travel.
Flight attendant at Air France
If we look back, in the history of Air France, the first steward was employed in 1938. For long-haul flights, such as Paris - New York, which lasted up to approximately 24 hours, the company also hired the first flight attendants. At that time, the stewards prepared the menus and served them to the passengers, and the flight attendants had the mission of welcoming the passengers and providing them with a comfort during the flights. Each on-board attendant communicates with each passenger separately, without microphones and without official announcements.
The evolution of Air France uniforms in 70 for years!
Officially, the first stewardese, as we know them today, appeared in 1946, along with the first uniforms with "military" appearance. Georgette Rénal opens the way for Air France uniforms. It was based on: a suit, a summer dress and a coat. In the '60 years, the jet was arriving, and Christian Dior signed the new collection of Air France uniforms. Then followed Balenciaga, Jean Patou, Nina Ricci, Carven and Christian Lacroix, until 2005. The largest designers have created the haute couture uniforms, which have emphasized the importance of the profession in customer relations.
With the jet era, the name of cabin crew also appears, an official recognition for this profession. Things progressed, teamwork began, each crew member began to have well-established roles, and preparations for the true role of a flight attendant, rescue and safety on board aircraft began.