As some of you may recall, last December I flew Air France A380 first class from Los Angeles to Paris, which was a product that really impressed me (though I was most impressed by their amazing first class lounge in Paris).
Air France A380 first class cabin
One of the more interesting aspects of the flight was that a film crew seemed to be filming around the tarmac during boarding and taxi.
In my review of Tom Bradley International Terminal I posted the following:
In addition to being refueled and catered, there was a camera crew down on the tarmac filming. Anyone know what they were filming for?
Tom Bradley International Terminal Air France A380
And then as we were taxiing to our departure runway, 24L, there was an airport operations car with a film crew inside. I wrote the following at the time:
Interestingly the film crew that was filming by the engine during boarding was now in an “Airport Operations” car, and drove next to us as we taxied to the runway.
Emirates A380 and airport operations car
Anyway, I think I finally have an answer as to why they were filming. The History Channel has a documentary called “Rise of the Machines,” and the most recent episode revolved around the Airbus A380. They used an Air France A380 flying between Los Angeles and Paris for the show.
Now, I don’t think I was on the actual flight that they’re “following” in the show, though my guess is that they didn’t film all the footage in one day, between showing them loading bags, following the pilots, etc. But it seems they may have done some of the tarmac shooting on the day I was flying.
I guess I should have waved at the car from my seat!
I know, I know… cool story, bro…
(Tip of the hat to @PresRDC)