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Six Boeing 747s fly Beaujolais Nouveau from Paris to Asia

Japanese women on Thursday drinking Beaujolais Nouveau in Tokyo, 20 november 2014. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO

Six Boeing 747s carried 2,000 tonnes of Beaujolais wine from Paris to Hong Kong so that Asians could celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 vintage on Thursday.

Cathay Pacific filled six Boeing 747s - one of the world's largest airplanes - with 2,000 tonnes of the popular light French red wine, Parisian customs said on Friday.

The planes travelled from Paris to Hong Kong in mid-November and their precious freight was then shipped to other Asian countries to be uncorked on time on Thursday.

Japanese people, especially, are Beaujolais lovers. 

They drank almost eight million bottles of Beaujolais in 2013.

According to French customs, about 4.1 millions litres of Beaujolais flew from Roissy airport last year.