This is the second time Vinexpo Hong Kong has had a full-service Air France Club, a lounge with the privacy and exclusivity of an Air France lounge, at the show. Situated on Level 3, it’s a chic and elegant space, giving a feeling of excellence – a little like a fine wine. The club also has a service counter where professional staff are able to help Air France customers who want to change flights or need help with online check in.
Air France KLM is the number one European carrier into this region, linking with Chinese carriers that are part of Skyteam on over a hundred flights.
The global ambassador of the “French spirit”, Air France is rightfully proud of its in-flight menus and wine. “We invest a lot in our French wines and French cuisine, especially for our highyield customers,” says Herman Wan, Regional Director, Hong Kong and Macau, Air France KLM, adding, “We want to highlight the French brand in connection with wine and food for our first and business class customers. We have many high-end customers from China and Hong Kong choosing Air France to fly to France, and the Bordeaux region, not only to buy wines, but occasionally to buy a Château.”
A wine tasting for high yield corporate customers was organised at the Club at the end of day one of the show with Paolo Basso, the World’s Best Sommelier 2013. “He is the Sommelier who selects the wines for Air France first and business class. This is the second time Paolo has hosted a wine tasting with Air France after the first in 2016,” adds Wan.
Air France runs a daily service from Hong Kong to Paris, last year replacing the A380 with a Boeing 777. “We believed that on this route, we needed to have the best product, and there is the new version of business and first class on the 777-300, which has been running this route daily since April 2017”.
Photo: Herman Wan, Regional Director, Hong Kong & Macau, Air France KLM