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#AirFranceExpo: Air France’s High-Tech Upgrades With a Touch of Nostalgia

Air France uniforms through the decades at #AirFranceExpo

Air France uniforms through the decades at #AirFranceExpo

I sat in Air France’s First Class yesterday. Well, just for a few minutes and then it was someone else’s turn. Such is life at the Air France Expo, a two-floor temporary ode to the glamour of air travel at Center 548 in Chelsea; it’s open to the public from June 26-28.

I was quite happy sitting in the new Premium Economy at the Air France Expo, but then I tried the new First Class... Now that was something! You can invite someone to sit in that little seat and join you for a meal or a meeting but only if they are in First Class or Economy. And you can draw back a curtain and make it your own little room. Of course, the seat fully reclines too.

I was quite happy sitting in the new Premium Economy at the Air France Expo, but then I tried the new First Class… Now that was something! You can invite someone to sit in that little seat and join you for a meal or a meeting but only if they are in First Class or Economy. And you can draw back a curtain and make it your own little room. Of course, the seat fully reclines too.

Poised to spend $1 billion upgrading its fleet and passenger experience, Air France is eager to show off the much-improved seats and amenities that debuted on a June 24th flight from Paris to NYC. You can try out the new Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class and First Class as you walk through a maze of exhibits that include vintage uniforms and interactive art.

A cool interactive exhibit at the Air France Expo: blow into the tube to see which destination the wind will take you! I ended up with Shanghai.

A cool interactive exhibit at the Air France Expo: blow into the tube to see which destination the wind will take you! I ended up with Shanghai.

The mix of high-tech and nostalgia work together perfectly because the idea that flying should be pleasurable isn’t new — it’s old. Flying on a plane used to be a special occasion for which people dressed up; now it’s turned into something that has to be endured. Well, pass me my cone of little chocolate and nougats (available starting in Premium Economy) while I recline a little further back than usual, and I just might change my tune about flying. And give me one of those full-flat seats (starting in Business Class), I won’t complain a bit. No need for paparazzi waiting on the runway like in the Concorde days, though. We can all just do selfies.

 Air France Expo is a two-floor temporary ode to air travel at Center 548 in Chelsea open to the public from June 26-28.

Air France Expo is a two-floor temporary ode to air travel at Center 548 in Chelsea open to the public from June 26-28.

Travel buffs shouldn’t miss the Air France Expo, which is just off The Highline at 548 W. 22 Street. Set among the galleries, the artsy crowd will like the exhibit. Free ice cream all afternoon on Saturday —can’t go wrong with that! If you miss it in NYC, the Expo will be in Paris in September. Is that when they’ll make the big announcement that the Concorde is returning?!

Meals for kids and babies on AIr France.  These little souvenirs for kids are stylish enough for adults.

Meals for kids and babies on Air France. These little souvenirs for kids are stylish enough for adults.

5 Responses to #AirFranceExpo: Air France’s High-Tech Upgrades With a Touch of Nostalgia

  1. Casey @ A Cruising Couple June 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    Looks great! I could definitely get comfortable on a flight like that. Those kids boxes are absolutely adorable, too!
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  2. Micki
    Twitter: barefootnomads
    June 27, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    It’s nice to see an airline focus on the aspects of flying that can be pleasurable. I sometimes think I’m the only person around who still loves flying. There’s some sort of magic in the idea that we’re transported thousands of miles in what seems the wind of an eye, still.
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  3. Lillie - @WorldLillie
    Twitter: WorldLillie
    June 27, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    What a neat expo! I’ve seen a bunch of ads for Air France in Boston this month, so seems that they are pushing for more exposure.
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  4. Gran Canaria Local June 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    We love the sound of the blowing into tube. Our next flight will take us to Madrid. And we’re looking forward to it. Air travel’s our second favourite form of transport after train.
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  5. Mary @Green Global Travel
    Twitter: GreenGlobalTrvl
    June 30, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Thanks for sharing this cool Air France exhibit on air travel. I long for the days when people no longer think it is acceptable to wear pajamas to travel.
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