This appointment follows Air France’s support for Paris’ bid since 2016 and the transport of the Olympic flame by Concorde between Athens and Paris, ahead of the Winter Olympics in Albertville.
On July 20, 2023, Air France announced the signing of a partnership agreement with the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (COJOP). The company thus becomes an official partner of the 33rd Olympiad of the modern era and reiterates its support for the organization of this global event, after being a partner in the Paris 2024 bid in 2016.
“We are proud to renew our support for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. After having thrilled when Paris was designated as the host city, we look forward to contributing to the success of this global event. The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris 2024 resonates with the ambition and values of AIr France. More than ever, in the summer of 2024, we will shine the best of France around the world by promoting excellence, respect and inclusivity.” , said Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM group.
Specific support for Paralympic athletes
Air France teams in Paris and around the world are already mobilized to prepare for the arrival of athletes, supporters and media in France for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. made available to passengers with reduced mobility and in a situation of disability, who can call on the company’s Saphir service for any request for assistance. For more than 20 years, the Saphir service has offered Air France customers with disabilities assistance before and after the flight, throughout the customer journey: help with booking, issuing tickets, setting up assistance in collaboration with the exceptional transport department. I
The women and men of Air France are also preparing to transport the sports equipment necessary for the various Olympic and Paralympic disciplines: javelins, poles, kayaks, bicycles, wheelchairs, or even surfing for the events on the Teahupo’o wave in Tahiti. Air France will participate in the check-in system set up in the Olympic and Paralympic Village in Seine Saint-Denis to allow athletes to check in and drop off their luggage and sports equipment directly on site before their return flight. They can then go to the airport via a dedicated route.
The precedent of the transport of the Olympic flame in Concorde
Air France has transported French and international sports delegations to the Olympic Games since 1952. Official international carrier of the Albertville Olympic Games in 1992 and official partner of the French Olympic and Paralympic team during this edition, it is aboard a Concorde that Air France transported the Olympic flame between Athens and Paris at 2,200 km/h. This historic performance earned the company a record: that of the fastest flame in history.