Joe Brancatelli, in his weekly newsletter, shares a fact that I never knew: after the Germans invaded France during World War II, Air France moved its operations out of country. They operated a hub in Casablanca. And that’s why when Humphrey Bogart puts Ingrid Bergman on a plane, sending her away with her husband, it’s an Air France plane.
Speaking of Casablanca, have you ever wondered why Rick would send Ilsa and Laslo to Lisbon on an Air France flight? Why would Air France be flying from Casablanca to Lisbon in the middle of a war?
I’ve seen Casablanca dozens of times and it never occurred to me to wonder about that cinematic aeronautical anomaly. This year, though, I did wonder and I tracked down an answer: When Germany invaded France in 1940, Air France hightailed it to Morocco. Moved the planes and the entire enterprise from Paris to Morocco. It flew throughout the war from a temporary hub in … Casablanca.
Now of course the major airline based in Casablanca is Royal Air Maroc, and they’re joining oneworld.