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Service On AF 83 SFO-CDG Y Class  
User currently offlineLDIkaros From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 179 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 5236 times:

Hi everybody,

In a few days I will be on AF 83 from SFO to CDG, connecting there to FRA. I have never flown AF long haul and wonder what to expect in economy on this flight. I know it's a B747 without any personal IFE but what is the service like, such as food, drink runs? Do they still serve champagne upon request?

Reviews of the AF long haul Y class seem to be mixed. I would love to hear from people who have recently flown US-CDG on this airline.

Thanks for your feedback!

LDIkaros

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User currently offlinegoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 5192 times:

AF Y is way above any US carrier. If you have the chance to have a seat on the upper deck, it's one of the best Y flying experience, as AF is one of the very rare airline to have Y UD. Bigger legroom, especially at the famous row 65.
PTV : well it depends. All AF 744 have PTV on the upper deck. On the lower deck, until a few weeks/months ago, only the 3 last frames received by AF had PTV at all seats. But AF is currently retrofitting their 744, and having PTV at all seats is part of the process. I believe 2 or 3 birds are now retrofitted (?), so you might be lucky !
A paper food and drink menu and an amenity kit will be distributed shortly after take-off. It includes headsets, eye shades, ear plugs and a towelette.
Food is usually good in Y (although better from CDG than from the US). Expect a well filled tray with appetizer, main course (choices between 2 and not necessarily the usual "chicken or pasta" of US airlines), cheese, dessert. Free wine and digestifs. Champagne (free) is served as an aperitif (as well as other drinks), but not during the meal service. Breakfast will be served approximately 90 min before landing in CDG (breakfast has became really crap now in Y).

They do not usually make drinks runs (except water) after the main meal service, but a self-service buffet is available in the galleys with soft drinks, water and snacks available.

Enjoy  


User currently offlineFlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7379 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5152 times:

Quoting goldorak (Reply 1):
PTV : well it depends. All AF 744 have PTV on the upper deck. On the lower deck, until a few weeks/months ago, only the 3 last frames received by AF had PTV at all seats. But AF is currently retrofitting their 744, and having PTV at all seats is part of the process. I believe 2 or 3 birds are now retrofitted

6 (out of 7) have PTVs on the main deck also now. Only F-GEXB is not yet retrofitted.

Quoting goldorak (Reply 1):
Champagne (free) is served as an aperitif (as well as other drinks), but not during the meal service.

Champagne is available also during the meal service and along the flight on demand.


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1310 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5136 times:

And on the connecting flight, if it's a morning flight, you have the choice between croissants, pains au chocolats and some other rolls... Not too bad, however since FRA haven't moved to 2F yet, you will need to make quite a trek to terminal 2D, but I guess you are aware of that.

User currently offlineLDIkaros From United States of America, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5008 times:

I would like to thank everybody for their feedback. I ended up in the main cabin on the lower deck as all aisle seats on the upper deck were already taken. The service on my flight SFO-CDG was excellent, with good food (I had the Hindu special meal) and PTVs at every seat. This was probably one of my best TATL flights ever. The service was also very good on the CDG-FRA leg. Only snacks, of course, as it was just a short, mid-day flight.

The transit at CDG from terminal 2E to 2D was somewhat of a hassle, though. The signage was not too bad - I did not get lost - but it was a looong walk!

I am looking forward top my return flight!

Cheers from Germany

LDIkaros


User currently offlinegoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4962 times:

Quoting LDIkaros (Reply 4):
I would like to thank everybody for their feedback. I ended up in the main cabin on the lower deck as all aisle seats on the upper deck were already taken. The service on my flight SFO-CDG was excellent, with good food (I had the Hindu special meal) and PTVs at every seat. This was probably one of my best TATL flights ever. The service was also very good on the CDG-FRA leg. Only snacks, of course, as it was just a short, mid-day flight.

The transit at CDG from terminal 2E to 2D was somewhat of a hassle, though. The signage was not too bad - I did not get lost - but it was a looong walk!

I am looking forward top my return flight!

I'm glad everything went well and that you enjoyed the flights. Maybe you'll have the upper deck for the return flight !


User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1310 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4846 times:

Yes, make sure to check in online or even preselect your seat to grab a nice seat on the upper deck if this is important for you  

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