AZ From Japan, joined Jul 2003, 82 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5852 times:
I left Hyatt Hotel in CDG very early in the morning and after 10 minutes I entered the airport for checking in.
A very kind lady at the first class counter, did everything in less than 2 minutes and she informed me that the business class was booked by 10 pax only. I was really glad but soon she told me that economy class was overbooked so they would upgrade many pax and that at that time the business class cabin would be full. She then informed me that if they needed more seats, I would be upgraded to First class.
I cleared immigration and entered the Business Class lounge that is not bad, with a lot of space and at least 8 PC. Wireless internet access is also available.
Soon the boarding time arrived.
To my surprise, there were no separate lines for First/Business class pax.
As soon as I boarded the plane, a very kind F/A escorted to my seat, 7B which is in the second section of Business class. The seat is not really comfortable but also not really uncofortable; soon they will be repalced by new lie-flat bed.
Boarding took a lot of time and we took off almost 1 hour late.
The flight time, due to very tail strong wind, was expected to be around 12:30 hours.
After the seat bealt sign had been turned off, I checked if there were any 2 seats empty, and surprisingly, I found 2 of them in the first section of business class.
I then moved there and a F/A took all my stuff and helped me to get to my new seat. Very nice indeed.
Soon, aperitive were served and I had a glass of Bordeaux red wine, which was not very good.
Meal started minutes later and I must say that the variety and quantity of food, was not very impressive. Anyway, I had a crab salad, not bad, some fish that was not too good, some mushrooms rice and a nice plate of french cheese, which is always good on Air France.
Dessert, tea and a real espresso coffee, were served at the end of the meal.
After the service, the lights were dimmed and then turned off so I tried to watch a movie that in this case was Matrix reloaded. Really don’t like it. I then turned on my laptop and a F/A came to me and asked if I was a pilot since I was browsing my thousands pics of planes. My answer obviously was, no I’m not.
I then asked her if it was possible to have my logbook filled in and she immediately took it to the cockpit.
At that point I started to feel a little sick because of my usual stomach problem which, I don’t know why, is really stronger when I am flying. After 4 hours into the flight, I tried to have some sleep, helping me with a few drops of Valium, but as my previous hundreds flights, nothing happened, no way to sleep. At that point I was feeling very bad, so bad that a F/A asked me if everything was O.K. She helped me a lot with a cup of tea, some water and they also offered me some medicines that never works when I am flying.
I guess every 20 minutes the same F/A came to ask me how I was feeling. I found this crew very very professional. Well, time fortunately passed, even if very very slowly, and 2 hours before landing, a dinner were served. I was a little bit better so I had some fish and a plate of cheese.
A cup of espresso coffe, and I was ready to land in Manila.
The plane started the descent and I started to feel bad again, this time the pain was even stronger. I reclined my seat again and prayed to land very soon. Announcement to have the seats in the upright position was made but I was not able to do that. The crew allowed me to land with the seat reclined and I must say it is very a nice experience. We touched down as scheduled and after a short taxy, we reached the finger.
I then deplaned and went immediately to my Hotel to have a rest and I feel much much better now.
Well, Air France is a good airline, I had a very good service, as soon as they change their seats, it will be one of the best, I’m sure. Thanks to the crew for their attentive service.
AZ From Japan, joined Jul 2003, 82 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5526 times:
yes it was an A340-300. I never had any bad service with AF. Sometimes it is average, but most of the times very nice.
no, it was not motion sickness. I always have pain in my stomach, don't know yet why, but when I fly long haul, it is getting worse, sometimes like on that flight, I think I have to die soon. I have a long trip next month and if I'm not able to discover what's wrong with my stomach, I will cancel it for sure. Don't want to die on a plane !
yes the logbook seems to be related to another flight. Don't know what happened to my website yet. Will try to fix it ASAP also because the captain, attached a small sticker to it and it is funny to see.
FrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5117 times:
What amazes me is that the people in these forums obviously have the computer literacy to use the messages boards, but don't have the common sense to go to Yahoo! and type in Manila. If they had done so, about two seconds later they would have their answer. On a related note, the same can be said about people who post topics such as "how much from A to B?" or "does ABC Airline fly to A?" Sorry, I digress...
AviationMaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5096 times:
Great trip report! Glad you enjoyed your trip on Air France.
PS: LOL, I don't think the problem is only in the US, here in Switzerland, most in my class don't even know what the capital of Italy, Germany (an example, one said "I don't know the capital of Rome...") or other European countries are. During the Iraq war, when Iraq was on the headlines on every newspaper and TV station, they didn't even know who Saddam or where Iraq was, and to make things more ironic, they were against the war.
JonnyGT From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 242 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4928 times:
Stop making broad generalizations about the American school system. I am at university and I could point out any country on a map if you would like. The problem is not the school system, but the students themselves. They will only learn some of the information if they want to. Go boil an egg or something.
PanAmerican From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 384 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4801 times:
AZ, great report indeed. Seems like Air France is a whole lot different in Business than in Economy. I remember having bad experiences with them CDG-FDF-ORY and on other flights in Europe. I avoided them ever since...
The captain's and FO's names, Ringenbach and Weber, sound like they are Germans. Or maybe from Alsace?
Another compliment should go out to your homepage, nice work
AZ From Japan, joined Jul 2003, 82 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4788 times:
I don't know how is the service in Y, but I can tell that each flight I had with them, I received a good service. Of course, sometimes outsdanding, sometimes just average.
Funny is that the worst, but still good, service I had, was on a flight from Shanghai to Paris in First class; really average.
As you know it depends on which crew you find on board.
Regarding crew's names, yes they were from France and for sure from Alsace.