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24-07-2015

THE PENINSULA PARIS CELEBRATES AVIATION HISTORY DURING THE PARIS AIR SHOW

Inspired by the archives of Air France, The Peninsula Paris celebrates the International Paris Air Show with variations on menus and cocktails inspired by those served on board the first transatlantic flights and an exhibition of the airline’s earliest Paris–New York advertising campaigns.

 In a unique collaboration with Air France, Chef Sidney Redel of The Peninsula’s French restaurant, L’Oiseau Blanc – whose decor pays tribute to the first transatlantic flight attempt by French pilots Nungesser and Colis –has tweaked the Service “Parisien” menu served on board the first non-stop Paris–New York flights in the 1950s. The “Super Constellation” planes took off from Orly Airport and were fitted with sleeping compartments, lounges and even a bar. It was the golden age of propeller aviation and of glamorous “made in France” air travel, offering elegant and refined in-flight meals. This was a prodigious feat in its day, and one in which Chef Redel celebrates with his menu, extolling the heights of gastronomy.

 From 15 – 21 June during the Paris Air Show, aviation history fanatics can relive the incredible era of the first non-stop commercial transatlantic flight with Mimosa-style Petrossian Caviar, rediscover Salmon à la Parisienne followed by Fillet of Challans Duck with Medlar Fruit, and finish with a Baba steeped in Grand Marnier. Each dish can be paired with wines specially selected by Head Sommelier Xavier Thuizat, combining both French and American vintage in a celebration of the Super Constellations’ route. Not to be outdone, the L’Oiseau Blanc Terrace Bar has devised three cocktails around this aeronautic theme: the “Aviation”, the “Bombardier” and the “Escale”. These delicious tipples come with a side of exceptional sights, overlooking the roofs of Paris and its most beautiful monuments, as well as a view of the amazing, 75% model of the L’Oiseau Blanc biplane, visible in the restaurant’s entrance.

The most avid aviation fans will want to visit the special exhibition of 1950s and ’60s advertising posters on display in public areas of the hotel, featuring the unique travel experiences of the first Paris–New York flights offered on Air France.

Additional information:

The Paris Air Show celebration at The Peninsula Paris takes place from 15 to 21 June

  • The Service “Parisien” menu in the L’Oiseau Blanc restaurant for both lunch and dinner is priced at 129€ per person, plus 49€ optional wine pairing
  • Free access to the “Paris–New York” advertising poster exhibition in the hotel’s public areas

Restaurant booking: +33 (1) 58 12 67 54 / restaurantsppr@peninsula.com

About Air France 

Air France, a global airline of French inspiration, with high standards and a caring attitude, turns the flight into a moment of real pleasure on all its daily operations in France, Europe and worldwide.Since 2004, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have formed a global air transport giant with a strong European base. The Group also offers cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance solutions.Air France-KLM is the leading Group in terms of international traffic on departure from Europe. In 2015, it offers its customers access to a network covering 316 destinations in 115 countries thanks to its four brands Air France,

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Transavia and HOP! Air France. With a fleet of 546 aircraft in operation and 87.4 million passengers carried in 2014, Air France-KLM operates up to 2,200 daily flights from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.

Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme is one of the leaders in Europe with over 25 million members.

Air France-KLM and its partners Delta Air Lines and Alitalia operate the biggest trans-Atlantic joint-venture with over 250 daily flights.

Air France-KLM is also a member of the SkyTeam alliance which has 20 member airlines, offering customers access to a global network of over 16,320 daily flights to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.

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