took us 16 years, for them only 9 hours and 45 minutes,”
Frédéric Desagneaux, consul general of France to a
joyous crowd of French and non-French who all came to
Seattle-Tacoma International airport for the same
purpose: to celebrate the arrival of Air France Flight
46 from Paris with good food, music, and champagne. The
plane was traditionally greeted by two giant water
canons as it taxied in at the airport.
Monday, June 11 Air France has
begun non-stop daily flights between Seattle and Paris.
From now on Seattleites will be able to fly non-stop to
four European cities: to London on British Airways; to
Copenhagen on Scandinavian Airlines; to
on Northwest, and to Paris on Air France.
“It is a
very, very exciting day,” stated Governor Christine
Gregoire who attended the event together with officials
from Air France and the Port of Seattle. Gregoire went
on to stress the long history of mutual respect and
friendship between Washington State and France. To the
cheers of the crowd she proclaimed June 11 as “Air
50,000 people a year, including many Boeing and
Microsoft employees, travel between Seattle and Paris.
In the past, they had to make a connection through
“This is a
very good day for Seattle and Washington,” John
Creighton, Port of Seattle Commission President said,
adding that this will create
new jobs in Seattle and more opportunities
in trade and tourism.
The Emerald City is
Air France's 13th
Waving the French and American flags
Christine Gregoire proclaiming Air France Day
To the right of Gregoire:
Frédéric Desagneaux, consul general of France
guru Rick Steves chatting with the Governor Gregoire