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ORD-CDG On Air France (pics)  
User currently offlineSouthwestMDW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 303 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14648 times:

Background: I was going to France with my French Class with ACIS Educational Tours for a 11 day tour of France. I had been anticipating this trip for over a year. If you want to see the exact itinerary of what we did while in France, Click Here. I'll just cover the flights.

So, the day had finally arrived - June 4th, 2007 was also my last day of high school. I left school at about 11am after some final exams and went home and finished last minute packing. Our flight was scheduled to depart at 5:20pm, but was not scheduled to depart until 8:00pm, so my teacher didn't make us meet at O'Hare until about 5:30. We all arrived in a group and she handed out our paper tickets, everybody said goodbye to the people that brought them and we checked in for Air France flight 50 to Paris. Since we were running late, Air France gave everybody a 10 dollar meal voucher coupon to use for dinner and we headed for security and to Gate M7 where we waited for about an hour before boarding started. I got through security okay, but my 45 gram tube of eczema cream caused some trouble but I proved it was a prescription so I got it through.

A sign in the International Terminal. Why would visual announcements have an ear? We got a good laugh out of it though.


Gate M7 at ORD. Not too much to do in the International Terminal. There were a lot of students on our flight.


Our Plane finally arriving late from Paris - CDG


Getting ready to board and head back to CDG


My boarding pass for the flight.

Air France flight 50
Chicago O'Hare to Paris Charles de Gaulle
STD: 5:20pm
ATD: 8:34pm
STA: 8:20am
ATA: 11:45am
Flight Time: 8 hours 2 minutes
Airbus A340, Seat 41K
Tempo (Economy) Class

We finally boarded the plane (an A340) and got settled in. Each of the seats had a blanket and pillow waiting on them. The flight was not full, but had a lot of students in tour groups on it. We took off at about 8:30pm CDT and began the 8 hour, 2 minute flight to Paris. Each seat on Air France A340's have a PTV with a touch screen and remote with games, movies, music, TV shows, duty free, and your opinion section. I liked playing the aviation quizzes. Small kits with headphones, eyeshades, and a wet nap were handed out. The crew was very friendly and professional, helping us on our grammar. It was appreciated.

Small menus were handed out, which was nice for Coach Class. I had some beef with vegetables and it was served with couscous with salmon, bread and butter, cheese, potatoes, chocolate cake, water, and assorted drinks. The flight attendants walked the aisles offering more bread after they served it all. It was quickly cleared and the lights were turned down and they showed "Wild Hogs" and "Freedom Writers" on the main screen but there were about 10 movies to choose from on the PTV system.

In Flight

The rest of the flight continued on pretty uneventful. It was a very smooth flight and I slept for about five hours. I woke up and breakfast was being served. It was a crossant with raspberry jam, raspberry yogurt, and orange juice. They showed a quick film about arriving at Charles de Gaulle and passed out little immigration papers. Breakfast was cleared and then the flight attendants got ready for landing.

We landed at CDG and made it through customs just fine. The group we were traveling with had landed 3 hours ago and was waiting for us at the hotel, but we waited for about 30 minutes for another ACIS group from New Mexico going to a hotel near us. Some pictures from CDG

The baggage tag from the flight and the huge ACIS tag we were forced to have on all our luggage.


To be completly honest, I'm still confused about the layout of CDG.


"Welcome to Paris" displayed over the elevators.

I was really impressed with Air France. The flights were great and flawless. I do appreciate the meal voucher it was a nice touch. I'll post our return flights home, NCE-CDG-ORD soon.

Comments/Questions welcome.

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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14632 times:

A good little report there SouthwestMDW, those pictures added to the atmosphere onboard the flight and at the airports. As you will have noticed, bread is an essential part of French life and so in many restaurants and cafes they quickly refill the bread basket if you eat all of it. This explains the bread refills on your flight. AF were also good in offering you vouchers for your use during the delay, that is always the sign of a quality airline.

I hope that you enjoyed France, it is a great country with outstanding cuisine, beautiful architecture and a great atmosphere, particularly in Paris. Au revoir!


Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 24552 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 14512 times:

Thanks for your report.

On a humorous note, I've never eaten an AF dinner in coach that didn't involve couscous (or tabbouleh) in some way. I wonder if they ever don't serve it.

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User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 13910 times:

great report... waiting for part 2 now...
thanks for writing

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8743 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 13659 times:
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Good report, shame about the delay though AF seem to have smoothed that over with the meal voucher and decent on-board service.

Look forward to the return report.



User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13531 times:

I agree that AF offer great service in Y on long haul flights. Among the best in my opinion. However the breakfast compared to Iberia is stingy. Iberia throw in a blueberry muffin apart from the croissant and yoghurt.

User currently offlineMke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13474 times:

Very good report and pictures!!! I remember earlier this year we had some students from France visit our high school for a week. I'm pretty sure when they left they took that same flight back to France. On that note, does AF only have 1 daily flight to ORD?

[Edited 2007-07-19 23:37:57]

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User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13437 times:

ORD T5!!!! My old home!!! Where I started!! Ok I miss T5 lol.

Nice report. In the future I hope to go to Paris one day.

Greta report and pics!

User currently offlineN822ME From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 13302 times:

Quoting SouthwestMDW (Thread starter):
Why would visual announcements have an ear?


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