The company

The Company


Through their expert knowledge of aerological atmosphere the hot-air balloon practise has reached the highest level and through this you will discover incredible flights over Aravis and Bauges mountains, as well as down below close to the splendid Lake Annecy .

Safety, customer satisfaction and respect for the law are our top priorities and we regularly maintain our Ultra Magic hot-air balloon, one of the best brands in the world, accordingly.

Compagnie des Ballons offers you the opportunity to discover the Alps and Lake Annecy from the best view imaginable.

Our Team

The pilots

The pilots of the Compagnie des Ballons come from the region’s leisure aviation world and therefore have a perfect knowledge of local aerology.

Mountain flying being more precise and complex than plain flying, this specific knowledge is a real asset for the Compagnie des Ballons.

Accustomed to local customers and tourists passing through our region, pilots know how to adapt their flights to the customers they are carrying. Their knowledge of local geography allows them to comment on the flight by indicating the peaks, refuges, beautiful walks to do,…

Les drivers

Without the drivers, the customers of the Compagnie des balloons would never be able to return to the starting point.

They assist the pilot throughout the preparation of the flight, from balloon inflation to nacelle takeoff.

During the flight, they are in permanent radio contact with the pilot and follow the balloon throughout the trip.

On landing, they are present to receive the hot air balloon and actively participate in folding the envelope and storing the basket on the 4×4 trailer.

Finally, they drive passengers to their vehicles by listening to stories of amazing journeys.

After more than 20 years of company management in public passenger transport within a large international group, Michel PASSETEMPS decided to settle permanently in Annecy to create the first base of the balloon company.

Married and father of 3 children, he applies to his balloon company what he has always favoured and which have ensured his success and notoriety: professionalism, listening and respect for the customer, strict application of regulations, quality and safety.

Michel PASSETEMPS discovered the magical world of hot-air ballooning when he was stationed in the Loire Valley as a customer and spectator in awe.

After passing his certificate, he created the balloon company and specialized in mountain flying.