Air France is celebrating the milestone of 75 years of operations from Manchester Airport. On 16 June 1946, Air France’s first flight from Manchester took off to Paris, operated by Dakota F-BADX. It was also the first post-war scheduled service from Manchester, after a gap of nearly seven years. The flight arrived from Le Bourget Airport, Paris to drop off one passenger and pick up a VIP party of 18. The party returned to Manchester the next day on another Dakota aircraft, which stayed overnight and then operated the first public service at 09:39 on 18 June, with three fare-paying

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