At the prestigious Business Travellers’ Cellars in the Sky Awards 2018 ceremony, which took place on February 18, 2019 in London, Air France was once again rewarded for the exceptional quality of the wines and Champagnes served on board its La Première cabin. This year, the company was notably honoured with the prize for the best first class Champagne with its prestigious Taittinger Comtes de Champagne blanc de Blancs 2006 served in the La Première cabin.
In all its travel cabins, Paolo Basso, voted world’s best sommelier in 2013, in cooperation with Thierry Desseauve and Michel Bettane, authors of the bettane+desseauve French wine guide sign the Air France wine and Champagne list.
Every year, Air France serves 800,000 bottles of wine in La Première and Business class and 750,000 bottles of Champagne, including in Economy class. All the wines and spirits are chosen for their capacity to adapt to the constraints linked to the particular environment of air transport, particularly the dry air and cabin pressure that modify how tastes are perceived.
The company was also awarded the title of “Best selection of wines 2018 for an airline” and awarded “Three glasses” (following the example of the Michelin Guide’s stars awarded to chefs) for its wine selection in La Première cabin by “China’s wine list 2018”.