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Paris-Montreal Air France A380 Business (pics)  
User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1100 posts, RR: 13
Posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Routing/Flight No: Paris-Montreal AF346
Aircraft: Air France A380 F-HPJB
Load Factor: 90 Percent

I was very lucky to be able to ride in Business Class on the Paris-Montreal route. At the counter the agent asked if I wanted to travel on the earlier flight which was either a 777-300 or 747-400. I declined the offer and stated that I would rather fly the A380. Air France had only started A380 service to Montreal about 3 days earlier.

I wondered around the airport for a bit taking photos and discovering what has changed since I was last there. So here are a few spotting photos.

























The gate assigned was pretty deserted up until about 90 minutes before departure, when the nearly 400-450 passengers started gathering. There were a few large groups of people traveling on the flight, probably tour groups. Economy was totally full. I snapped a few photos of the aircraft at the boarding gate, and many others were doing the same thing. Here are some photos of the aircraft in question, F-HPJB.













Once on the aircraft I settled into my Business Class in the Upper Deck. Many people had been upgraded from Economy Class to Business Class, and Business ended up being about 50 percent full. The First Class cabin downstairs was empty. Shortly after takeoff I asked the purser if I could wander downstairs and snap some photos of the empty cabin, to which he accepted.

Meal service started shortly after we reached cruise level. Meal service was good, and the wine was fantastic. I was impressed with the tasty choices offered (I selected a curry chicken main course, and elected to try every single dessert option).

The crew was very friendly. The seat was not as comfortable as other airlines I've flown in Business. The angled lie flat seat is extremely uncomfortable. I would rather set the seat in a cradle position and sleep that way. It offers more comfort that way, in my opinion. Other than that seat complaint, everything about the flight was perfect. It still amazes me how quiet the A380 is inside the cabin.

I will upload some videos shortly. For now, here are the photos from the flight.

Also... the tail camera option rocks.

































































Some of my other trip reports:

WINNIPEG - SINGAPORE PART 1

WINNIPEG - SINGAPORE PART 2

NEW YORK - DUBAI

TORONTO - DUBAI

OSAKA - SEOUL - VANCOUVER

NEW YORK - LONDON

TORONTO - TOKYO

TORONTO - LONDON

WINNIPEG - SEATTLE / EVERETT

VANCOUVER - LONDON

MEMPHIS - AMSTERDAM

TORONTO - HONG KONG

AROUND THE WORLD (WESTBOUND)


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User currently offlinespr773 From India, joined Jun 2008, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Awesome pix. Thanks for sharing

User currently offlineplanemad1 From UK - England, joined Dec 2010, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

At over £8000 for a return trip in First, I'm not surprised it was empty!

Nice pics though. Thanks for sharing.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6902 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice report with impressive pictures, well done!

Quoting MEL (Thread starter):

Also... the tail camera option rocks.

  


PH

[Edited 2011-05-10 00:04:39]


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User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I had just been to Montreal and I was seriously considering on taking this flight  But at the end my loyalness to *A and the fact I have never flown Swiss and I had already flown on the AF A380 were the deciding factors.

So it is nice to see a report on how the flight would look like. Seems you had the same views on your approach as we did 
Quoting MEL (Thread starter):
Also... the tail camera option rocks.

I totally agree.

Thank you for the report with some amazing pictures.

Regards,
Blaž



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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 32648 times:

Hi MEL,

your photos are exceptional!

A great preview of AF's business class. And thanks for showing us the PTV system. Looks like its a great one, especially the various camera views. Would have been addictive for me.

Yeah, the gallery space looks a tad sad. What's with it. AF should really spruce it up with a bar or something like EK.

Again, just wanna say, excellent pictures!

RvxKaz



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1325 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 32199 times:
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Sometime less is more, and in all your reports this couldn't be far from the truth. Your pictures are crisp, a pleasure to view and the little comments in the photos make them all worth the viewing pleasure. Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 427 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 31591 times:

Hi MEL ! ... beautiful as always ... What about dessert quality  ... Stipica


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1960 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 30341 times:
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Very nice impressive photos of your trip! Looks like you had a nice flight with Air France in J !

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 30155 times:

Matt,


I probably just misses you in YUL. Had an overnight there Sun night with a Mon evening departure. Saw the 380 as we taxied out for departure.



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User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1100 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 28749 times:

hey everyone... thanks for the nice comments.

This trip was at the end of the month of April. Here is a video of the flight. Note that some of it is in fast forward.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0wCqPb8aIo



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User currently offline777ord From United States of America, joined May 2010, 532 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 27603 times:

Fantastic report. I am suprised by how empty the flight was!!

Food looks awesome, too!


User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 26234 times:

Fantastic trip report! The picture quality is truly amazing, too bad you didn't show pictures of the other two outboard cameras.

Great report though!



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User currently offlineJOE777 From Saudi Arabia, joined Mar 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 25828 times:

Great TR and lovely pics!

AF business class service looks quite similar to Club World on BA.

One question though, what exactly is that gallery space?   

Looking forward for more TRs.



Cheers,
Joe   


User currently offlinefbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 25714 times:

Interesting format, I rather liked it!  
Quoting planemad1 (Reply 2):
At over £8000 for a return trip in First, I'm not surprised it was empty!

Not atypical for F class fares...If you want a surprise try searching SYD-JFK on QF in F, or ORD-HKG on UA in F...



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 25642 times:
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Nice clear pictures, excellent job, thanks for sharing.

I'm not a fan of the AF or J cabins/seats, the F cabin lacks any individual privacy for passengers and the J seat is just nasty with little legroom, you'd never get out of the window seat without disturbing your seat mate.

However the A380 is a great plane on which to fly.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 23806 times:

I loved all the pictures especially of the food. Air France have fantastic food.

I think you're right about that silly 'Art gallery' for J class pax at the front of the plane. A few nice cosy sofas would have been a much better use of space.

I'm sure AF must have done their research but I wouldn't pay to sit in that F class cabin. It seems ill-conceived.

Look forward to your next TR.


User currently offlineAirIndia77W From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 23242 times:

Great trip report and lovely pics too!

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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3942 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 21086 times:
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Quoting MEL (Thread starter):
At the counter the agent asked if I wanted to travel on the earlier flight which was either a 777-300 or 747-400.

I can understand that most people would choose to try the A380 if they have not done so yet, but I would rather choose to fly on a 747 instead of the A380 for the following reason: I like both, but the 747 will be gone soon, at least from the Air France fleet, much sooner than the A380 will. I would try to catch whichever will leave the fleet the soonest before its too late. I would have chosen to fly on the 747 if I were you.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy your A380 report.

Ben Soriano



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