Air France Offers High Flying Cocktails by Ritz Head Bartender in La Premiere Class

Colin Field

Starting in July, Air France will be offering exclusive cocktails created by Colin Field, head bartender at the Ritz, to customers traveling in the La Première cabin on the Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A380. Cocktails will be renewed every three months using basic ingredients, including calvados, cognac or Armagnac, apple juice and Champagne. The La Première crews will be trained to prepare the cocktails to perfection.

A unique experience

With this exclusive collaboration, Air France is continuing its tradition of French-style service, and upholding its values of high quality and attention. The company is continuing to highlight French know-how and culture throughout the world, in addition to offering its customers a unique experience.

The 1,150 flight attendants dedicated to service in La Première will be trained to prepare the cocktails, reminding the world of the history of their profession. At the end of the 1920s, Air France started recruiting staff from luxury hotels, such as the Ritz, to ensure quality service. The first “barmen” in uniform made their first appearance on board, the word “steward” being used only from 1938, designating a new profession. With this collaboration, Air France is continuing to surprise its customers, while remaining faithful to its values of high quality, by creating a delicious cocktail.

About Colin Peter Field

Born in 1961 in the UK, Colin Peter Field knew he wanted to become a bartender when he went on a trip to Paris at the age of 14. Eight years later, he won the silver medal for the “Best Barman in France” and the silver medal for “Best Bartender at the Martini World Championships.” In 1994, Field became “Head Bartender” at the Ritz. Twice named “Best Barman in the World” by Forbes magazine in 1997 and 2004, he became an ambassador of his trade by creating the Bartender category in the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” contest in 2009.

Air France, one of the best wine and spirits lists in the air

Air France regularly renews its offer of wines and spirits to discover the great diversity of French vineyards to perfectly complement the culinary creations designed by the greatest chefs. Every year, Air France offers its passengers a million and a half bottles of wine and over eight hundred thousand bottles of champagne, including in Economy class. All Air France flight attendants receive special training in oenology at the flight crew training center. All the wines and spirits chosen to be served on board are retained for to their ability to adapt to the constraints and to the environment of air transport, specifically considering the dry air and cabin pressure, which alter the level of taste.

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