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AF A380 CDG-LHR Business Class  
User currently offlineGVA380 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2010, 6 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 15834 times:

Hello to everybody,
I was lucky enough to be on the first ever AF A380 CDG-LHR flight last Saturday and i was not planning to make a trip report, so i did not take that many pictures, but since i was flying Business Class and there hasn't been any TR from this class yet, i thought some of you might be interested to see how it was like.
First of all, "Business Class" is not the right term, since AF's "Business Class" for short-haul flights is called "Premium Affaires". Even if you are on the world's biggest commercial airliner, sitting in a very comfortable "Business Class" seat, it is perfectly understandable that, on the 40 min. flight between CDG and LHR, you are not gonna get the same standard of service you would get on a long-haul flight Business Class.
So here starts my report: I live in Switzerland so i had to wake up at 5am to board the 7.30 am flight from GVA to CDG.
At CDG, thanks to my "Premium Affaires" ticket to LHR, i had access to the Skyteam lounge, or Salon Air France, where i had a good espresso with a French croissant and read the latest newspapers of the day.
At 09.20am, which was the boarding time mentioned on my boarding pass, i showed up to gate 6B, where, "Premium Affaires" passengers had a dedicated line, with a direct access to the upper deck, which allowed us to be whisked on board in no time. The other line was for the Classe Voyageur, or Economy.


My seat was number was 60L, at the very first row of the upper deck. I would advise anyone travelling in Business Class to book either 60A, 60L, 65A or 65L, as these are window seats with more legroom, which allows you to wander around the cabin as much as you want without disturbing your neighbour. Interestingly enough, when i booked the flight, this seat was not available, but i was able to change my seat online, using the internet link that AF sent me per e-mail the day before the flight

I was pretty impressed by the powerful take-off. It seems to me that it only took a few seconds to rotate. This is probably due to the fact that, for this very short flight, the aircraft was probably much lighter than it is for an intercontinental flight.
In no time, we were already racing toward the English Channel

We were served a standard short-haul "Premium Affaires" meal:

On the way back, we had a bigger meal on a nice Philippe Starck tray, which we barely had time to finish before it was time to prepare the cabin for landing.
While flying over the English Channel, i had an emotional thought for Louis Blériot, who was the first person to ever fly across the Channel, 100 years ago. It is amazing to think how far aviation has come in such a short time!

A few minutes before landing, we flew over Central London and i managed to take a picture of the world famous London Eye through the clouds:

After landing, it was really funny to see all the ground staff taking pictures:

To sum up i would say these flights were worth every penny. i had been longing to fly the A380 for the last 15 years and i was really thrilled!

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User currently offlineChrisCruise From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 15672 times:

Hi GVA380,

Nice insight of the "Premium Affaires" product of AF on this short hop on the A380.

Quoting GVA380 (Thread starter):
My seat was number was 60L, at the very first row of the upper deck. I would advise anyone travelling in Business Class to book either 60A, 60L, 65A or 65L, as these are window seats with more legroom, which allows you to wander around the cabin as much as you want without disturbing your neighbour.

Looks very comfortable indeed!

Quoting GVA380 (Thread starter):
A few minutes before landing, we flew over Central London and i managed to take a picture of the world famous London Eye through the clouds:

Amazing view, hope that on my flight (seat 87L) we will have the same approach.

Quoting GVA380 (Thread starter):
After landing, it was really funny to see all the ground staff taking pictures:

Funny indeed, you would think they are used to the A380 already! Although the AF is new livery compared to the common SQ, EK and QF at Heathrow.

Adios,

Christian



Flown:319, 320, 321, 343, 388, 733, 738, 742, 744, 752, 763, 764, 772, 77W, CR7, CR9, DC9-31, E70, E90, F70, F100, MD11
User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 15646 times:

Nice report from the other side of the curtain. I was wondering how much better business could be and this has answered my question. Apart from the nice seat, it isn't that much more exciting, mainly because they don't have time to make it that much better on such a short flight. Really enjoyed reading your report!

Cheers,

Gareth



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User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 616 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 14950 times:

Quoting GVA380 (Thread starter):
After landing, it was really funny to see all the ground staff taking pictures:


User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 13791 times:

Nice TR

The legroom is massive for that seat.

Compared to other carriers, mainly middle eastern carriers the PTV looks tiny.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1066 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12767 times:

Great trip report on the Business Class (Or Prem Eco) on AF's service between CDG and LHR onboard the A380! Although the meal seems too little, I guess it is the best they can do for a 40 minute flight. How I hope I was on that flight too!

On another note, welcome to airliners.net! Your first post is a great start to an exciting flight!

Daniel

[Edited 2010-06-16 09:07:33]


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User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12724 times:

Hi GVA380, welcome on board to A.net. Nice first TR and good to see a few Biz Class pics. I have to admit that leg space looked very good albeit for such a short flight.

Quoting GVA380 (Thread starter):
Even if you are on the world's biggest commercial airliner, sitting in a very comfortable "Business Class" seat, it is perfectly understandable that, on the 40 min. flight between CDG and LHR, you are not gonna get the same standard of service you would get on a long-haul flight Business Class.

You would have had to force me out of that seat, after such a short flight I wouldn't want to leave!

Quoting GVA380 (Thread starter):
We were served a standard short-haul "Premium Affaires" meal:

I've seen better on the European sectors in Business Class.

Quoting GVA380 (Thread starter):
After landing, it was really funny to see all the ground staff taking pictures:

The A380 will still be a celebrity for a while to come. But I think as its a new livery, that would be the reason why.

Sandeep (AI151)



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 12591 times:

Hi GVAA380,

Thank you for sharing this lovely Business Class experience on A380 short hop to LHR. Did you make your seat choice upon recommendation of SeatGuru?

Cheers,
Suryo



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