About us

A pioneering company, born from the passion for ballooning

Established in 1985, the company swiftly become the leading hot air balloon flight  provider in France. Its inception took place in the heart of Burgundy under the guidance of David La Beaume, a seasoned sailor who had arrived in France after a transatlantic crossing under sail. Drawn to the authenticity of the region, David decided to share its enchanting allure with customers aboard luxury hotel barges. It was during this period that the idea of offering hot air balloon flights to his clientele took shape.

With unyielding enthusiasm, David’s vision came to fruition when he crossed paths with Mark Dworski, his future business partner. Mark, a skilled pilot hailing from Wales but based in Gstaad, Switzerland, was well-versed in alpine flying techniques and had embarked on extraordinary balloon flights across the globe, from Africa to Asia, Europe, and the Americas during the “off-season” periods.

Enticed by David’s concept, Mark embraced the opportunity to settle in Burgundy and work on developing France Montgolfières. Together, this visionary and technical expert formed a dynamic duo of enthusiasts who, for over three decades, have been dedicated to democratizing hot air ballooning, once reserved for an elite, and granting everyone the chance to experience the exhilarating joy of flight in a hot air balloon.

... who leave nothing to chance

... with a wide range of skills:

France Montgolfières stands as a trailblazer in the realm of balloon flights for tourists. To ensure success, the company upholds unwavering standards across all aspects of its services.

From pilot training to the  equipment design by integrating a wide range of expertise, France Montgolfières constantly strives to enhance safety measures while ensuring unparalleled client satisfaction.”

Our Teams

Meet our teams

L'équipe France Montgolfières