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Air France Business Class PPT-LAX AF673  
User currently offlineAF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1041 posts, RR: 34
Posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 28176 times:
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Date: July 17th, 2010
Airline: Air France
Flight : AF 673
Codeshare : KL DL
Registration: F-GSPB
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200ER
Departure City: PPT Papeete
Departure Time: 07:30
Destination: LAX Los Angeles
Arrival Time: 18:45
Scheduled Flight Time: 8 hrs 15 minutes
Class: Affaires Business Class
Seat: 6A


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I am back in the air as a passenger after my last Asia trip. This time I'm on my way to Denmark to pick up my 3,5 yo niece who is visiting her father and grand parents in Merring, closest airport Billund.
I was to fly nonrev to LAX and then use my AMEX credit card earned miles when I saw that the flight PPT-LAX was getting full, very full... So I went to the Papeete Air France office and bought a ticket with my miles on the PPT-LAX too. I was now ticketed for PPT-LAX-AMS-BLL on AF and KLM.

Week before my departure I was on a CDG trip and arrive in PPT in the very early morning. I drove to my mom's place, took a shower, changed and packed my suitcase and drove back to the airport for check in. I had checked in online the previous day and was passenger 005 on the list. It took quite some time to check in at the Affaires queue but It cleared after a while. It looked like it was going to be a very full flight today !

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After check-in I went to immigration and security check. It was nice and empty and was a breeze !
The airport finally got new seats in the main boarding lounge and I must say it looks really nice and a little more up to date now.

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I went to the small duty free shop, bought my Mom's cigarettes and a bottle of Absolut and then met up with my good friend Lorna and invited her to the lounge with me.
The lounge is owned and operated by Aeroport de Tahiti ADT and all airlines operating to PPT use the facility. It used to be owned and operated by Air New Zealand.

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Lounge was busy with people and we were nicely greeted by the ADT staff and directed to the Affaires side. An attendant was also on hand to clear the cups, plates or glasses.

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The food offerings were appropriate for a breakfast with danish pastries, fresh fruits, cookies, oatmeal, cereals, fruit juice. You also had a wide range of drinks such as mango and pineapple juice, sodas, liquors etc... An espresso machine was available for a shot of caffeine.

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Lorna and I got comfortable in the lounge, had a chat, gossiped our hearts away and then headed to the boarding gate. It was properly seperated from the Voyageur line as when you get of the lifts the La Première, Affaires and Premium Voyageur line was there and you'd have to go all around the boarding lounge to join the Premium cabins to join this queue.Heading downstairs you have 3 stunning traditional costumes on display.

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Boarding in Papeete is always nice as you walk on the tarmac to the aircraft. The aircraft I flew on this very morning was there waiting for it's load of customers on their way to summer vacation in Europe, North America or further afield...

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Next to our airplane we have a n Air Tahiti Nui aircraft F-OJGF waiting for it's 10:00 flight to Auckland.
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The massive GE90 engine

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Air Tahiti Escale Internationale stairs to door 2 left

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Got to my seat and made myself comfortable, I had seat 6A on the first row of the second Affaires cabin.

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Greetings from the IFE system

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The stairs were removed on time and we puched back 10 minutes after schedule.

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Good Bye Aéroport de Tahiti Faa'a !

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Safe flight to AKL ATN !

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And we are leaving the parking area... and taxiing on the runway.

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Engine spooling up and we are thrundering down the runway towards downtown Papeete...

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Lift off

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Over the reefs surrounding Tahiti

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Tahiti and Faa'a Airport in the back

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The captain took the scenic route to LAX and we enjoyed amazing sights !

Moorea

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Tetiaroa, Marlon Brando's private atoll

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Tikehau

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Our journey over French Polynesia

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I switched on my TV and started to have a look at what was available. AF has 85 movies on demand, 200 CD's available, TV series and documentaries, more than you need for an 8 hour flight.

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The crew started the service and offered us a hot towel followed by the menus. On the ground we were offered newspapers and a welcome drink. Choice was Champagne, Orange juice or water.

After the menus were offered they started the aperitif service I requested a glass of white wine and the amuse bouche was Salmon Roe and Shrimp Canape

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Table linen detail

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After the aperitif we were served the starter Gourmet Appetizer and Seasonal Salad Layered lamb, grilled Mahi Mahi, cauliflower and carrot terrine.

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I had a glass of Languedoc Blanc limoux terroir de Haute Vallée 2007 Cave Sieur D'arques.

Following the starter I had the Vegetable and Polenta Galette with Bell Pepper Coulis.

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Cheese was served at the same time which doesn't bother me much. Bread and wine was offered each time.

Detail of my glass of water and the new Air France "virgule"

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Trays were cleared and we were offered desserts. The choice was the Dessert trio with Pineapple Tartlet, Praline Caramel Puff, Strawberry Macaroon; Pineapple, mango or strawberry sorbet and choice of fresh fruits.

Teas and coffee were offered and Espressos available at the bar. Teas are coming from the Maison Fauchon.

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After the meal service I reclined my seat fully, watched a movie and fell asleep. I was woken up every so often by a screaming toddler... I don't know how that kid didn't end up without voice at the end of the flight...

I woke up just before the snack service preceding decent into LAX.

The Light Meal was Smoked tuna canapé with eggplant caviar, goat cheese canapé with tapenade. hazelnut-chocolate cake, assortment of fresh fruit, fromage blanc.

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The light meal was nice, loved the goat cheese with tapenade, sharp in taste ! I had a glass of Pepsi and a cup of tea.

My sister was operating the flight and I had a picture of her and my friend Lorna before we arrived in LAX

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The approached California over Long Beach and headed towards LAX airport

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405 freeway

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Nearly there...

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We touched down near Fedex terminal

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Engines went into reverse mode

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Leaving the runway

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No mistake WE ARE in LAX

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Arriving at terminal 2 with Air China and Westjet .

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Good Bye, Au Revoir !

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This is the end of part one of my trip. On arrival I met with my friend Meg and my cousin Kora and went for dinner and then went back to the Crowne Plaza LAX Airport.
I am now going to get ready and leave the hotel and go check in for my flight to AMS on KLM 602.

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew

[Edited 2010-07-18 11:10:21]


Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
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User currently offlinetcm From Turkey, joined Jul 2010, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 27905 times:

Excellent TR! Amazing Pics!

User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 27716 times:

Very nice photos! Thank you for sharing this with us. Great to see. I am surprised that air france would service this route. Unless LAX is a pseud-hub for AF. I would have thought AF would do this non-stop to CDG instead.

User currently offlinephatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1363 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 27422 times:

Thanks for the TR. Did you find many pax terminating their trip in LAX, or did most pax continue their journey to CDG?

User currently offlineAF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1041 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 27260 times:
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Ia Orana all !

Quoting phatfarmlines (Reply 3):
Thanks for the TR. Did you find many pax terminating their trip in LAX, or did most pax continue their journey to CDG?

Well by the looks of it, there weren't many people waiting for their bags on arrival. Most people transit on to CDG. Maybe 80 to 85% of the pax on board were continuing on to CDG.

Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 2):
I am surprised that air france would service this route. Unless LAX is a pseud-hub for AF. I would have thought AF would do this non-stop to CDG instead.

This route has been part of the UTA-AF network for ages now. It was operated by 707, DC8, DC10, 747-200, 747-400, A340-300 and now 777-200ER. AF doesn't have any airplane capable to operate the flight nonstop and the most logical stop is LAX.

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew.



Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1342 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 26420 times:
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I had no idea AF FAs wore those inflight. Thanks for the photo. And great trip report too, with excellent photos.

User currently offlineTravelsUK From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 25942 times:

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):
My sister was operating the flight and I had a picture of her and my friend Lorna before we arrived in LAX

Great TR - Thanks!

One question - why does your sister wear the 'Securite / Safety' badge, what does it signify specifically?


User currently offlineAF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1041 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 25307 times:
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Ia Orana all !

Quoting TravelsUK (Reply 6):
One question - why does your sister wear the 'Securite / Safety' badge, what does it signify specifically?

The Sécurité/Safety badge was implemented a couple of years ago. It was done so because of the new European JAA regulations requiring that the passenger must be able to indentify the crew who are licensed on the aircraft. The wide fleet AF operates and the amount of cabin crew prevents the airline to have only certified crew to fly on their aircraft and we all fly on the whole fleet. Only the pursers must be certified on the aircraft. In this scheme you can see up to 5 non certified cabin crew on the 777 for example but they'll be certified on the 380, 744 and 340/330. A little complicated but it answers to the EU-Ops rules.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 5):
I had no idea AF FAs wore those inflight.

These dresses are only worn by the tahitian crew based in Tahiti and operating the PPT-LAX-PPT flights.

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew



Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2838 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 22410 times:
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Great TR! Love all the pics!
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User currently offlineFly2YYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1046 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 21701 times:

Amazing trip report! Great pictures and hope you had a great time en route to BLL!

User currently offlineGVAJFKflyer From Switzerland, joined Aug 2009, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 21681 times:

WOW ! This was amazing. Thanks for the great report!

I will fly my very first LAX-PPT in just a few weeks from now (on TN, though, not AF), and I very much look forward to it.


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 20644 times:

Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 2):
I would have thought AF would do this non-stop to CDG instead.
Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Reply 4):
AF doesn't have any airplane capable to operate the flight nonstop

Not only AF ...

PPT-CDG is 8485 nm and there are no aircraft available on the market today capable to operate such a flight nonstop ...


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 20532 times:

Hi,

great report. I love the pictures around PPT after your takeoff! It's a wonderful world overthere!

btw, I am always pleasantly surprised by AF's catering offering. It looks all very good and with eye for detail. Public sometimes/regularly complain about AF and/or CDG etc, but so far I only had a very pleasant experience with AF in general, as with CDG, and the airline is definitely among my choices for future trips!



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinesmi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 20263 times:

What a great report! Everything is so nicely presented on AF, such French style!

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):
Week before my departure I was on a CDG trip and arrive in PPT in the very early morning. I drove to my mom's place, took a shower, changed and packed my suitcase and drove back to the airport for check in

If you were ever comfortable enough I would love to see working trip rport from your perspective!! I assume you are PPT based do you only do CDG trips via LAX, are there any other patterns available for you beyond CDG to Asia, Africa or the Americas? Do CDG based crew ever operate beyond LAX to PPT?

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Thread starter):
Detail of my glass of water and the new Air France "virgule"

What does Virgule mean? Does the actual design carry any meaning?

Thanks so much for your responses and a great report!


User currently offlineGVAJFKflyer From Switzerland, joined Aug 2009, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 19575 times:

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 13):
What does Virgule mean?

"Virgule" is the French word for "comma"


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