44 years after the first Winter Olympics in history took place in Chamonix, the Games returned to France, where they were held from 6 to 18 February 1968 in Grenoble....
Air France was designated “official carrier” of the Olympic Games.
The company didn’t yet serve the city of Grenoble but its international vocation naturally linked it with the Games, whose global dimension was asserted more than ever that year. Air France opened a ticket office in Grenoble and a welcome service in Aix-les-Bains. It had the Olympic rings painted on the fuselage of its Boeing 707 and had the honour of transporting the flame between Athens and Orly, on 19 December 1967, from where it was transferred to Grenoble stadium. The city welcomed close to 1,200 athletes from 37 countries. Along with their coaches, hundreds of thousands of spectators and the media. This was the first event to be satellite broadcast and in colour!
For the 23rd Winter Olympics held in PyeongChang (South Korea) from 9 to 25 February, Air France is official partner of the CNOSF*. On this occasion, the company is operating a special flight by Boeing 777-200 to bring the entire delegation home to Lyon.
Back to Grenoble to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1968 Olympics!
* French National Olympic and Sports Committee