Aigle Azur, legally Société Aigle Azur Transports Aériens, is a French airline with its head office in Tremblay-en-France l’Aigle royal PDF Paris. It operates domestic scheduled passenger services and international services to Western Europe and Northern Africa, as well as long-haul flights to Brazil and China. It is fitted with a ventral Turbomeca Palas booster jet for use in « hot and high operations ». In April 1946, Sylvain Floirat established the original Aigle Azur as one of the first wholly privately owned, independent airlines in post-war France.
Between 1946 and 1955, the airline operated a large fleet of Douglas DC-3s. During the early 1950s, Aigle Azur began operating long-haul scheduled routes linking metropolitan France with Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. In 1970, the airline was re-constituted as a regional airline named Lucas Aviation. In May 2001, Groupe GOFAST acquired Lucas Aigle Azur from its previous owners, and reinstated the original name, Aigle Azur. The new owner refocused the airline as a mainstream short- to medium-haul scheduled and charter carrier. Aigle Azur began replacing its Boeing 737s with Airbus A320 family aircraft. It has 450 employees as of May 2007.
On 23 October 2012, HNA Group announced that it completed its acquisition of a 48 percent stake in Aigle Azur in Paris, becoming its second largest shareholder, after Group GOFAST. In December 2012, Goldenflyer awarded the airline for « Best Cabin crew ». The airline’s administrative head office is in Tremblay-en-France, near Paris. There were several hull-loss accidents involving Aigle Azur aircraft between 1949 and 1954, most of which took place in French Indochina, today’s Laos and Vietnam.
Casablanca, resulting in the 18 passengers and 4 crew members on board being killed. Da Nang Airport following a flight from Hue-Phu Bai Airport, resulting in the death of the eight persons on board. Hanoi on a military charter flight to Nà Sản Airport. The aircraft subsequently crashed, and the 27 passengers and 3 crew members on board died.
The aircraft was en route from Vientiane Airport to Saigon Airport. Dien Bien Phu Airport accidentally retracted the landing gear when the aircraft had not taken off yet, resulting in the airframe being damaged beyond repair. Gia Lam Airport, Hanoi, was destroyed by Vietnamese rebels. Découvrir nos destinations – Aigle Azur ». Archived from the original on 2008-11-26. Aigle Azur Fleet Details and History ».