On October 7, 1933, Air France, which was created by the five main French air carriers, was officially launched at Le Bourget airport. On the tarmac, the aircraft lined up for the occasion displayed the emblem of the young national airline: the winged seahorse. A legacy of Air Orient, the main founding airline.
The winged seahorse wins unanimous approval
With the bust of Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology and the tail of Annam's dragon*, the logo elegantly embodied Air France's values and ambitions.
It was the combination of power and speed, air and water - the seaplane had a bright future at the time -, Europe and the East! It became the airline's universal sign of recognition. For decades, it has illustrated Air France on posters, on aircraft, on tableware and more. And on the uniforms of the staff, who affectionately nicknamed it "the shrimp". The winged seahorse takes on different colours, with its more or less pronounced features highlighting its grace. It remains the airline's historical symbol. The new hybrid animal has lost the seahorse's marine and oriental features to become a winged horse, a powerful Pegasus navigating between the sky and the earth, and adorns the front of the fleet's aircraft like a lucky charm.