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Air France A380 Heathrow To Paris/SkyTeam Lounge  
User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26497 posts, RR: 58
Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 25979 times:

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DATE: 12/JUN/2010

AIRLINE: AIR FRANCE

FLIGHT: AF1981

ROUTE: LHR-CDG

CLASS: ECONOMY

SEAT: 93B

AIRCRAFT : AIRBUS A380-800

REG: F-HPJB








Myself and fellow Anetter Gareth decided we would take the plunge and book seats on the A380. We both had been dying to get on it and for me doing a Longhaul is out of the question at the moment due to work so when this came up it was ideal. So we booked our tickets and reserved our seats bagging two seats together on the Upper Deck.




We had flown from DUB the night before on Bmi checking into the Marriott at Heathrow for the night. We had booked the Renaissance but I prefer the Marriott for the rooms and swimming pool. A runway view room was the only thing we would have to give up  






We checked out of the hotel and made our way to Terminal 4. Its been a long time since I was in Terminal 4, many years.











We checked in at the SkyTeam Premium Check in area.The girl at the desk was very friendly and asked what flight we were on. We said the A380 flight to Paris and she smiled. We checked our bags and got our Upper Deck boarding cards and proceeded to the SkyTeam lounge. I have to say we were very impressed.





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Soon it was time to head to the gate and board this amazing aircraft. First impressions WOW!

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The doors closed and we made our way to the runway .


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Take off was amazing and so quiet .



This being such a short flight I was trying to take everything in. What a wonderful piece of engineering. The crew sprung into action with free drinks and snacks. Fair play to them on such a short flight and the crew really interacted with the passengers it was a party feeling.



After a while it was time to make our descent into CDG. The flight was over too quickly  

We landed quite smoothly a few bumps then the mood lighting was switched on.



We taxied to the gate and were given the chance to visit the F Class cabin to take photos.



Then we disembarked thanking the crew and made our way to the baggage reclaim.




So thats the end of this report. Kudos to Air France for running this unique flight and giving many the chance to fly on this amazing aircraft. Im tempted to do it all again later in the Summer. For anyone considering it Id highly recommend it .



Thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments as usual.




OA260/Philip


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1882 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 25980 times:
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OA260,

What a great report! How great to fly on the A380 on such a short flight!

767747


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6640 posts, RR: 78
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 25899 times:

Hi Phil,

really nice picture report - congratulations on being the first one to write about AF's A380 CDG-LHR-CDG flights! Will be interesting to see how many AF A380 reports will go online in the next few weeks and months.

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
Take off was amazing and so quiet .

Too quiet for my taste...  


PH



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2649 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 25885 times:
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Awesome TR. Love all the pictures! Its funny watching people taking pictures of the plane. You don't typically see that. But it is the A380!
Blue



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1310 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 25863 times:

Great! I was waiting for the first report! Will be on the same route on 15th of August (CDG-LHR-CDG). Seemed to be a joyful flight! I

Nice to see that crew was nice too. I personally like AF. Didn't flew them that often and I do admit it's sometimes a little difficult if you don't speak French (but since my father is French no problem for me) but ever had nice experiences with them and was taken good care of by AF staff when I stranded for 24 hours in CDG in February on my way from JFK to FRA due to Xynthia... I already flew the A380 back then, unfortunately on a night flight and didn't had the chance to enjoy the A380 that much, therefore I'm looking forward to my next flight in August.

By the way, guess were I was seated back then on my flight from JFK to CDG (and take a look at the sequence number *g*) ?

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/5972/bpaf380.jpg


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1423 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 25784 times:

Hi Philip,

Well done on being the first to get your TR online! What an amazing experience! Can't wait til it's my turn in July.

Happy flying
Infodesk



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User currently offlineAYA333 From Finland, joined Aug 2008, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 25763 times:

Wow, what an aircraft    Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

I still have to wait a couple of weeks for my flight with her..



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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 25720 times:

Fantastic TR.

Cant wait to fly her tomorrow AND Monday LHR CDG LHR


User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 25545 times:

Hi oa260. Were just some hours after this first in a series of remarkable flights, and already a trip report is online. Well done.

Everything looks so nice, great pics too. It's nice to see a decent catering onboard this short flight.


User currently offlinegoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 25484 times:

Thanks for being the 1st to share your experience. And the new Skyteam lounge at T4 looks really great

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17004 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 25438 times:

Great TR.

You were really quick posting this TR.

Would love to fly on the A380 on such a short flight. Unfortunately I will not have the opportunity to fly it this summer but hopefully in the near future.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 25437 times:

Hi Philip,

Congratulations on you being the first one to post the trip report on board of this special flights. I have had a great read from the start until the end.

LHR T4 looks much better than when I was transiting in 2007. Nice insight review of the Skyteam lounge.

What a nice gesture of AF to allow people to visit the F cabin afterwards.

Thanks for sharing this flight experience I can now only dream of. By the way, did you get a chance to meet other fellow A.netters?

Cheers,
Suryo



[Edited 2010-06-12 10:07:18]


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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 25403 times:
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Hi Philip,

Congrats on your first A380 flt.

and also getting it on-line so quickly!

The pix bring me back to my flight on a sister ship last year, sure looking forward to another flight on her next month.

Good so see AF allowing pix of F class etc, though the F class is pretty weak IMO, I'd certainly not fork out for that.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineChrisCruise From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 25245 times:

Hi Philip,

Nice report and congratulations being the first one to publish a report on this leg. I'm sure many will follow the coming days, weeks and months.

I can't wait until July 24 when it's my turn to get on this great airplane!

Adios,

Christian



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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1834 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 25203 times:

Thanks for a wonderful preview and I have already booked that A380 flight for July.
It is also my first "Air France flight"

I personally think this flight is a great PR opportunity for AF to showcase this wonderful aircraft!

Can't wait for my turn soon!

Carfield

[Edited 2010-06-12 10:37:33]

User currently offlineNibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 25115 times:

Philip,

Fantastic!!!!,well done on that great piece of work,            

I really enjoyed reading it,excellent photos(as usual might i add),and having read all of that i am looking forward to my little trip in August.
Thanks again,
Nibog


User currently offlineDanTaylor2006 From UK - England, joined Feb 2006, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 25008 times:

Excellent report, with great photos! Kudos for getting the first trip report online so fast.

This has got me very excited for my own flights in a little over a month! 

Thanks again.



Flown: A319-21, A346, A380, B733-4, B738, B744, B752, B762-4, B77W, CR2, CR9, DH4, E190-95, F70-100, MD-11, MD-88, MD-90
User currently offlinedsinghdahiya257 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 24654 times:

A380 is surely a Beauty.


BooHoo...
User currently offlineauntie From Ireland, joined Jan 2009, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 24639 times:

Wow Philip, fantastic work getting the report up so fast!!!
Unfortunately it never occurred to me when booking to try to get on one of the first. not going til August, but I'm sooo looking fwd to it now!   
I love the mood lighting. And I cannot wait to experience the view of take-off/landing thru the tail-cam.
Brilliant set of pics as always


User currently onlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 24626 times:

Hi, Phil,

what a nice read and great pictures.
Also the LHR T4 lounge looks impressive.

So, I ´am looking much more forward to my ride in early July, hopefully no further changes.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineLAXorLGWonDL From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 24260 times:

Thanks for posting your TR... I was on the flight today and am definitely impressed with the A380! That lower deck is massive...seats going on and on and on. My main disappointment was AF's apparent switch to Pepsi; is this recent? I thought it was Coke products when I last flew AF in March.

Cheers,
 robin



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User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2808 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 23632 times:

Excellent report on the A380 Phil, seriously thinking about doing it now!!!


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineflyingfool From Netherlands, joined May 2005, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 23608 times:

Great tripreport!

Can't wait until next Saturday when it's my turn to fly the beast...
I've never seen the A380 in real before so the first time I meet her, I'll be flying on the bird also 


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2650 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 23595 times:

Wow! Phillip you are quick 

I did not know you were on it as well.

I agree, it was such a nice experience (albeit short) but it was worthwhile, I will post my TR soon.

I was sitting in 87L on CDG-LHR and 11A LHR-CDG, in my opinion I prefer the little economy section in the back, it is more comfortable, lower deck feels a bit cramped.

MIAspotter.



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 611 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 23477 times:

Hi Phil

Nice insight into the AF short haul A380. Glad you enjoyed the experience.

I got a picture of you departing LHR today. Need to book myself on to this ASAP!

Matt


25 EL-AL : Hey Philip, Excellent report as always, thank you. Flying an A380 for such a short flight is getting the best of both worlds! Fantastic! It reminded m
26 globalflyer : So cool...thank you for sharing! Wonderful report. I do not see how the crew even had time to serve drinks? In the USA, they would sit down "due to tu
27 Post contains links and images AF Cabin Crew : Ia Orana ! Thanks for the report ! Glad you have enjoyed our A388 even if on a short route... I looked at the loads and Voyageur is oversold by a up t
28 Post contains images MadameConcorde : You beat us all AF380 flyers who were on board!!! Congratulations for being First to Post a AF1980/AF1981 Memorable Flights Trip Report. It is great t
29 Post contains images dxing : Nice pics and report. Shame I couldn't get over for this one but flights from/to the U.S. were oh so full. Is that Nighthawk by himself at the bar aga
30 FlySSC : The First Class seats are not sold. The version sold is 80C/449Y.
31 richcandy : Hi I have got to fly a LHR-CDG sector in August to connect with a trip from Malawi. I have not been given my flight details from Malawi to London yet
32 Post contains images oa260 : Hi everyone thanks so much for the overwhelming replies so far I really do appreciate all your comments, I will post more of a personal reply later bu
33 B747forever : So they block the F section?
34 Post contains images nighthawk : I visited the cockpit after the flight and asked the female pilot if it was her first flight, she said no, she had been flying it since november. The
35 Post contains links and images LAXorLGWonDL : Phillip, Thanks again for sharing -- I hope you enjoyed the Apple Store in London...ALWAYS a busy place! Also, I've posted some of the pics I took fro
36 reifel : Interesting. I flew the A380 from JFK to CDG back in February and we had a female captain as well. Could be the same one, I guess there are not that
37 dxing : Then most likely it was his.
38 MadameConcorde : Hello, no.. she is not a captain. Her name is Mrs Patricia Haffner and she is a Senior First Officer. I had a talk with her. She is a really nice wom
39 jfazzer : Hi Phil, Great trip report, I to have booked on the A380 in a couple of weeks time in business, however I haven't been able to select a seat. You ment
40 Nibog : I am travelling in August and have the same problem,was advised to go for online check in.
41 ChrisCruise : I am in Y in July and was able to select and switch seats until two weeks ago. AF seems to have removed the possibility to select/change your seat fr
42 Nibog : Yea I noticed that Chris, I tried to select my seats there also,but to no avail,I wonder why would they do that?
43 Post contains images oa260 : Thanks yes it was a real short flight but we actually got just under 2 hours onboard due to boarding so early and photos after we landed. I have to s
44 airbuseric : Hi Philip, thanks for this great report. Would´ve been nice to enjoy the pleasures in the Skyteam lounge. Looking good, isn´t it?! Good photos cover
45 SkyTeamTriStar : You can't beat the fantastic photos. Its funny when I read the sign about the Oxygen Bar being closed. The typo regarding the spelling of Skyteam. Its
46 Post contains images oa260 : Hi great you will have a really nice time, its a real buzz. Indeed Im in love with it even more now Well for me it was now for never as July and Augu
47 DunaA320 : Certainly will when I've got them off my camera.
48 MIAspotter : I know, it was very difficult to spot any a.nutters specially if you have never met them. but next time maybe, and yes I do wear glasses! Really? I f
49 Post contains images oa260 : Great cant wait to see it . Ok cool , knowing my luck Id go upto someone and say are you off Anet and they would not know what I was talking about lo
50 Post contains images MYT332 : I just found us! You should have said hello! I was the guy with the 'streamlined' head. This makes twice an a.netter has spotted me on a plane but ha
51 Post contains links and images DunaA320 : Here you go. If you want the full sized ones, drop me a line. Matt
52 ODAFZ : Συγχαρητήρια για this beautiful report και ευχαριστώ παρά πολύ for the nice picture of MEA A330, I appreciated very
53 Post contains images BMIFlyer : Nice report, and pictures! Can't wait to try the A380 myself, although it will be a *A carrier for me when I do
54 rogerbcn : Hola Philip! Two weeks ago I got a mail from AF telling me about this short hop to try the A380... while I worked out the days you came up with this g
55 Post contains images oa260 : Hey I actually didnt know you were seating there ! Didnt see you there at all it was downstairs I thought I saw you but yeah your description fits th
56 LHR380 : That FA in the left aisle was on my flight.
57 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : Hey Philip, Cheers for the great experience. And the A380 wasn't too bad either . Lol!! Seriously, it was a fab trip and I can't wait to get on my nex
58 Post contains links and images oa260 : He must have requested the flights or something. Thanks enjoyed your company also as always. Next time I will make you say ''A380 is the Queen of the
59 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : Yeah it was a fabulous trip. You drive a hard bargain on the lounge access so we'll have to see about that There's nothing wrong with my mobiles. The
60 Post contains links and images oa260 : LOL.. I keep dropping mine as an excuse to justify the iPhone 4 Next part is up : A380 Air France CDG-LHR/CityJet Air France LCY-DUB (by oa260 Jun 14
61 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : Cunning plan. I don't think you really need much justification for the iPhone 4 though do you?
62 Post contains images oa260 : LOL... actually got an email today only £499 .... have to have it I guess I can justify it if I use it for mobile check in and Flight Finder
63 ronerone : Excellent report Phil! I think this has to be the most unique route currently operated by the A380. From a marketing perspective, this has to be the b
64 oa260 : Hi Roni, Yes its a unique route and as I said it gives so many people the chance to sample this amazing aircraft who wouldnt normally get the chance.
65 gpbcroppers63 : Anyone know whether AF have any plans to run the A380 to LHR again? Maybe during the busier seasons such as Christmas?
66 FlySSC : A group of "new" pilots is beginning its training for the A380 in January but I doubt AF will use the A380 again on CDG-LHR, unless Airbus changes ag
67 oa260 : Shame Christmas would have been a good time to have these flights again.
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