New Air France cutlery snaps together like a model plane

By David Flynn, October 11 2013

Air France has added a whimsical twist to its new in-flight cutlery and tableware, with the kids' plastic cutlery set snapping together like a model plane kit.

The "flying cutlery" set is intended as a bit of a distraction for the young ones, although fortunately they don't actually fly.

We say "fortunately" because the last thing we'd want to see on a crowded plane would be dozens of kids launching sharp-pointed plastic airplanes throught the cabin.

This cute concept and the rest of the collection – which is still a little playful in form and colour, rather than being staid – comes from French designer Eugeni Quitllet, who drew his inspiration from aircraft aerodynamics.

For a full gallery of Quitllet's Air France Collection, check out the spread at

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


22 Oct 2012

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They may not actually fly, but kids won't know that.  It looks exactly like a kit that will fly once put together, and so kids will start trying to fly them.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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I am certain the French have already thrown them at each other, and clearly it's been approved by their over-regulation men in orange safety vests.

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

25 Apr 2013

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Are they suppose to play with it before or after the meal service? Both would have an ewww factor.

Manky hands playing with cutlery to be used later for eating, or

Dirty cutlery being flung around and getting stains on seats, armrest, tray table etc.

Someone at AF has not thought this through...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2012

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I say this with the utmost respect, but lighten up!

It's a bit of fun and Air France is most likely doing this as this creates free publicity for them and creates brand awareness and the perception they are innovative etc

LOL yes I hear you. Sorry! 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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How fun!

20 Oct 2011

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I want a set!!

I guess it will turn up on eBay soon....

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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Are you prepared to pay a premium for a set used with particular meals?

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