Need a holiday? Use AF's 70 year West Indies service
Air France is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its service to the West Indies, which were excluded from air connections for a long time. In July 1947, a scheduled flight operated for the first time between Metropolitan France and Fort de France (Martinique).
After a special flight in 1935, the seaplane Latécoère 631 "Henri Guillaumet" connected Metropolitan France to the West Indies, with 12 to 25 t of cargo capacity.
From Biscarosse, in the Landes, the "Laté" served Fort de France in 30 hours, twice a month. The route was complemented by a local network between Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, French Guiana, Venezuela and Colombia.
Today, Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana are each served by a daily direct Boeing B777 flight to and from Paris. (ah)