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Air France Copies Lufthansa With Airbus A350 Orchestra Stunt

SimpleFlying 10/1/2022 Giacomo Amati
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On October 1st, Arte Concert and France Musique will broadcast a very unusual music film featuring Igor Stravinsky's "The Firebird". Let's have a closer look at the uniqueness of this event.

The Radio France Philarmonic Orchestra at Air France's hangar

On October 1st, a new film will be released by Arte Concert and France Musique featuring the Radio France Philarmonic Orchestra performing the timeless masterpiece of Igor Stravinsky, "The Firebird".

The peculiarity of this music film is the unusual setting, namely one of Air France's maintenance hangars at Paris Charles de Gaulle International airport. The unique movie was directed by Andrew Staples and Daniel Harding and was filmed in July 2021. Eighty musicians took part in making the film; in the background, close to the musicians of the Philharmonic Orchestra, appears one of the airline's most modern and elegant aircraft, the Airbus A350. The Orchestra was directed by Daniel Harding, who is not only a renowned conductor but an Air France pilot on the Airbus A320 as well.

The Radio France Philarmonic Orchestra performed "The Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky in front of one of Air France's Airbus A350s. Photo: Air France

The idea of performing "The Firebird" by Stravinsky as close as possible to an Air France Airbus A350 at one of the airline's hangars in Paris came to the director and pilot Daniel Herding and the tenor Andrew Staples. The pair's aim was to bring the magic of music to atypical places so that as many people as possible could enjoy classical music, sometimes restricted to theaters and concert halls.

Air France, which stands for an ambassador of the French travel experience and has promoted culture since its foundation, immediately agreed to the proposal. The French flag carrier worked alongside Radio France, Arte, France Musique, and the Camera Lucida production company to make the music film. Air France passengers flying long-haul can enjoy the movie onboard Air France's long-haul fleet.

The Philarmonic Orchestra was composed of 80 musicians directed by the director and Airbus A320 pilot Daniel Harding. Photo: Air France

Not the first

Although Air France's initiative might seem the first of its kind, another European carrier has already chosen classical music performed with an aircraft in the background as a way to promote itself.

Back in August 2021, the German flag carrier, Lufthansa, launched its #TogetherAgain campaign in the United States. For the occasion, the airline's orchestra performed in front of one of the airline's Airbus A350s in a hangar. Unlike Air France, however, the orchestra was composed of different airline employees.

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The short movie started with 40 members of the Orchestra playing "Morning Mood" from the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg. Afterward, the hangar doors slowly open to let the sunlight bathe the orchestra and the airline's Airbus A350. Finally, the Airbus takes off into the sunset.

About the Air France A350

The elegant aircraft Air France has chosen as a background for the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra is the 1.6-year-old F-HTYG.

The Air France A350 featuring in the music film is the 1.6-year-old F-HTYG, owned by the leasing company Avolon Leasing Ireland. Photo: Vincenzo Pace I Simple Flying

According to ch-aviation, the Airbus A350-900 was delivered to Air France on March 22nd, 2021, although the first flight was on February 2nd, 2021. F-HTYG welcomes a maximum of 324 passengers in three classes: 266 in the economy cabin, 24 in premium economy, and 34 in Business. Air France operates the aircraft based on an operating lease with the owner, Avolon Leasing Ireland, and the expected end of the lease is March 16th, 2033.

Do you like the idea of Air France promoting culture by uniting the world of music and travel? Let us know in the comments below!

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