FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
Quoting B747forever (Reply 2): Yeah, I know that those 3 have it, but how about the rest of the fleet?
Air France is now operating a fleet of 7 B744. They will be remaining in service until 2016.
Beside F-GITH / TI / TJ, Air France will continue to operate F-GEXB, F-GITD, F-GITE, F-GITF.
Those last 4 aircraft will be fully retrofitted before the end of 2012 with brand new cabin (Seats, Galley, Toilets, etc...) and IFE (PTVs in all classes and brand new Panasonic IFE system).
The first aircraft is currently under modifications at AF maintenance in CDG. They will have a new configuration of 36J (iso 40) and 396 Y. No Premium Voyageur will be installed in the B744.
Two of them should reconfigured for the summer 2012, so you have 5 chances on 7 to get one on your CDG-SFO flight ...
aaron1011 From Ireland, joined May 2011, 6 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2453 times:
B747forever, I flew on an AF 744 last year from CDG to MEX. I was offered a seat on the Upper Deck and it was only about 1/3rd full. I had a full row to myself. Fantastic experience and well worth paying the extra if you can. Loads of leg room and you are guarenteed a seatback tv. Looking out the window when on the ground is very interesting because of the hight. So go for it
FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7353 posts, RR: 58 Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2445 times:
Quoting B747forever (Reply 4): I thought they would be retired earlier, but I am not complaining.
The were supposed to be retired by 2014/15 but AF will finally keep 7 of them until 2016/2017, that's why it was decided last year to refurbish them completely.
Quoting B747forever (Reply 4): does the UD Y-cabin usually fill up before OLCI opens up? I would love to experience the UD on the 744, but don't know if it is worth the extra €50.
Paying an extra 50€ to seat at the U/D DEFINATELY worth it !!!, particularly on such a long flight.
Usually, AF keeps the seat at the upper deck for its Platinum/Gold/Elite etc... FF members ... so try to book one as a "Comfort Seat" asap.
SFO is a very popular destination in France and flights are always full during the summer.
You'll have a quite cabin at the upper deck, a better seat pitch, a faster service (2 F/A for 60 PAX) and you are sure to get a PTV, whatever the reg. of the aircraft you are on, as they all have PTVs at the upper deck already.
When are you planning to fly to SFO ? AF will have 2 x Daily flights to SFO this summer (1 x B744 + 1 x B772ER)