Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The Legacy of Shimon Peres, The Battle of Aleppo (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump-Clinton Debate, Colombia Peace Deal, Death of the BlackBerry (Part 2)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Backstage at Paris Fashion Week

Read more

FASHION

Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent, Lanvin, present new designers

Read more

#THE 51%

Online and proud: Iranian women use social media in a campaign for equality

Read more

#TECH 24

Say hello to Pepper!

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: The final days of Colombia’s FARC guerilla

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Abkhazia, the country that (almost) doesn't exist

Read more

FOCUS

Lawlessness and lynchings in Venezuela

Read more

France

Zeppelin tour offers bird’s eye view of Paris

© AFP

Text by Rachel HOLMAN

Latest update : 2013-08-05

Forget the double-decker buses and the bike tours around Paris, there’s a new (and far more expensive) way to take in the sites of the French capital. Airship Paris is offering tourists the chance to see Paris from the skies - by Zeppelin.

There are a million different ways to see the sites of Paris – by boat, bike, Segway, double-decker tour bus or even in a classic Citroën 2CV car painted in the colours of the French flag. But now there’s a new mode to add to the list – by Zeppelin.

Travel by Zeppelin hasn’t been a particularly popular form of transport since the Hindenburg burst into flames as it attempted to land outside of New York in 1937, killing 35 of the 97 people on board. Yet Airship Paris, which launched its maiden commercial flight on Sunday, hopes its venture in the skies will soon change that.

“My biggest dream would be to see a fleet of around 15 large Zeppelins, with a capacity of around 200 to 300 people, flying around Paris,” the company’s president Eric Lopez said.

Airship Paris takes off from a small airport 26 kilometres northwest of Paris in the suburb of Pontoise. The Zeppelin, which seats 12 people, flies at 300 metres (around 984 feet, or roughly the same height as the Eiffel Tower) above the ground, offering a bird’s eye view of the city’s tourist attractions.

Unlike commercial flights, where you get the stink-eye if you dare move from your place while the fasten seatbelt sign is lit, passengers are invited to move freely around the Zeppelin’s cabin to take full advantage of the view from above. Windows can also be opened for a bit of fresh air due to the aircraft’s low altitude.

Airship Paris and commercial flights do share one thing in common, though, and that is the cost. While 450 euros might buy you a one-way ticket from the French capital to New York, Airship Paris only gets you an hour-long tour floating above the rooftops of Paris.

Bon voyage!

Date created : 2013-08-05

  • FRANCE

    Tour Saint-Jacques reopens to Parisians after centuries

    Read more

  • FRANCE - CULTURE

    Summer fun in France: art, jazz, sales, film and fireworks

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Hotel de Crillon in Paris to close for two-year overhaul

    Read more

COMMENT(S)