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BEY-CDG On Air France Boeing 777-300ER (with Pics)  
User currently offlineSkyteamLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 30 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I've been wanting to do a trip report for a while now, and so I finally decided to get my butt to sit down and write it. Part of the reason I wanted to write it at this time is because I want to share the experience of BEY prior to the mid-July conflict that forced the closure of Beirut Airport. I just hope flights like the one in this trip report will once again be possible soon  Smile

This segment, BEY-CDG, was part of my LAX-ATL-DUB-CDG-BEY-CDG-DUB-LAX itinerary (the last segment, DUB-LAX, was on Aer Lingus 145, the only non-skyteam segment) in March of 2006. I went to Lebanon to visit family and friends. I also spent St. Patrick's in Dublin and visited some friends of mine in Paris on the return leg. All in all, a great trip.

Some facts for this trip report:

Date: March 25, 2006
Airline: Air France
Registration: F-GSQF
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Departure City: BEY - Beirut Rafik Hariri International
Departure Time: 3:45pm
Destination: CDG - Paris Charles De Gaulle
Arrival Time: 7:30pm
Class: L'Espace Affaires (Business)
Seat: 4A

Having arrived a bit late to the airport, I had only 20 minutes left before boarding by the time I got through Passport Control. Given the time constraint, I skipped the Duty Free Shops and headed for the MEA Cedar Lounge. The Lounge is quite impressive, has a very airy feel with a nice glass ceiling and is quite large. .

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I was a bit embarrassed  embarrassed  taking pics in the lounge, so I hid behind a tree and took this shot Big grin
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View from the lounge:
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Finally, it was time to head to the gate and board. Our plane was parked at gate 23 I believe, the one that should be able to accommodate the Airbus A380 I hear, not sure if it is true:
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On board, a very friendly Air France crew greets me and walks me to my seat. The seats were the new Espace NEV (I believe that's what they're called), and the seat next to me remained empty, which was great for me!

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A quick glance outside the window - Oh! look at the shadow of the raked wingtip!! Far in the distance, an MEA A 321 is in the maintenance hangars, and nearer are some Cessnas - 152, 172 and 310 of the Aero Club of Lebanon:
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Flight attendants quickly came with a drink service, and I opted for the
champagne:
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Push-back from gate:
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Alitalia and Syrianair A320s at the gate:
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MEA A321s:
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Etihad 767:
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Etihad 767 and Qatar 320:
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Some old TMA 707s and an L1011 (I don't know who is the operator):
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Scenery around the airport:
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Ready for Take-Off:
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Rolling:
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V1, V2, Rotate!
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Last glance of the Lebanese shoreline, looking south:
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Will overfly Cyprus in a few minutes:
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Cyprus' Turkish controlled Karpasia Peninsula:
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Snowy mountains over Turkey:
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Flight attendants came by for a second drink service, which I opted for the Bordeaux, and a gave out a box of Gaufrette au Sel de Guerande from Fauchon:

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They also passed out the menus. The details of what they offered:

Traditional Service

Choice of Hors D'oeuvre
Smoked salmon, marinated celery and fresh salad
or
Swiss air-dried beef accompanied by smoked breast of duck with foie gras and fresh salad

Choice of Main Courses
Filet of Salmon served with leek fondue, parslied butter sauce and duchesse potatoes
or
Breast of duck with bigarade sauce served with spinach, turned carrots and anna potatoes
or
Plat Du Jour: Chicken and Beef Brochettes (Shish Kebab): Chicken and fillet of beef marinated and skewered with bell peppers. This dish is served with ratatouille

Our Special Selection of Cheeses

Assortment of Desserts
Chocolate cake, seasonal fruit tablet, sherbet served with cookies, choice of fresh fruit

Espresso is served at our Bar Espresso


Wine List
Champagne: Deutz Brut Classic
White Languedoc: Limoux Terroir Haute Vallee 2001 Sieur D'Arques
Red Burgundy: Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Paradis 2003 Michel Picard
Red Bordeaux: Graves Chateau Le Bonnat 2000

along with a Beverage List including Beer, Aperitif, Brandy and Liqueurs, Soft Drinks, Water etc...


I opted for the Foie Gras as my Hors D'oeuvre and the Shish Kebab as my main course - they were both very good:

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Not a very good shot of the seat, but anyway here it is:
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Over the alps:
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Approaching Paris:
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Charles De Gaulle - Terminal 2F:
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An Air France A320:
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And finally a pic of the Eiffel Tower!
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All I have to say is the Air France business class is awesome. Any comments/criticisms about this trip report are welcome. Thanks for reading, I hope it was not boring!  Smile

SkyteamLAX

29 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Really good report, thanks!! I love the night photos with light reflecting onto the tarmac. Also, a great impression of BEY and AF's new product, which I haven't seen too much of. Looks really good actually, but kind of surprising that they use the 773 er on that route. maybe it's between long-haul rotations??

Cheers

CXtra



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User currently offlineVinnieWinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 789 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Really liked your report!

It was brief concise not too much text (which is quit often very nice since sometimes you really can't be bothered to read everything) and gave a nice overview of what Beyrouth looked like and how good Air france is.

Do really share you shame of taking pics in airports I really don't feel comfortable myself doing that.

Big equipment for such a relative short route did the aircraft seem full?

Thanks for this trip report!  Smile

Vincent


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Amazing report and pictures, it certainly cleared any doubts in my mind about this product!!!

Best Regards,
Justin Big grin


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Awesome trip report great pics as well especially the ones of the surrounding suburbs of BEY. First time I have seen the AF premium product and that lounge looks massive.

Well done on your first trip report and welcome to A.net  thumbsup 


User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I also found your report vey interesting and loved the pictures. All the pictures of the food has made me very hungry!  spin 


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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 4):
Well done on your first trip report and welcome to A.net

ditto!!

Great Report buddy and excellent pictures!

Thanks a lot for sharing.

-Zaki


User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice pictures, thank you for putting together this report.  Smile


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User currently offlineUALDUDE From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

That was one of the best reports I have read in a long time. Awesome pics!!

User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1687 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice trip-report !

AF Business-Class and catering looks very good/excellent  Smile

Nice looking MEA Lounge; how were the catering/drinks there ?
Housing estate at BEY real close to the airport, btw...

Wonder how your CDG-DUB trip was (on Bae146 ?): care to share also ?



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User currently offlineFOMEA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 849 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great Report.
Very Detailed.
Thanks for sharing it.

Where did you stay in Beirut?

Regards
F-OMEA.



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1925 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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SkyteamLAX,

Very good report and pictures! AF "Le Espace Affaires" looks to be truly excellent. The foie gras and the rest of the food looks terrific! I hope to fly AF soon.

Looking forward to more reports!

-767747


User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Welcome aboard, or should I say "Bienvenue a bord!"

Short, sweet, and to the point. Excellent photographs showing great attention to detail. You hit all the important points of a good trip report. Since you wrote this one so well, how about entertaining all of us with more of the same trip?  praise 

It's been many years since I've been to Beirut (then the Paris of the Mediterranean) and, of course, Paris. The photo of the Tour Eiffel touched a deep spot in my heart. And the Gallic touch of AF is always special to me.  cloudnine 

Merci et, encore, bienvenue a bord a.net. You are a most welcome contributor!

Tbear  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineSkyteamLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 30 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting CXtra (Reply 1):
Looks really good actually, but kind of surprising that they use the 773 er on that route. maybe it's between long-haul rotations??

The 773ER was used on a daily basis as of spring of this year and they planned to keep it that way I believe.

Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 2):
Big equipment for such a relative short route did the aircraft seem full?

The aircraft did not seem that full - maybe 60-70%. But from what I understand, demand is (or was) definitely there, especially during the summer season and around the major holidays. I believe MEA/Air France attract most of the high yield passengers from Beirut to Paris and beyond, hence the improved product for this route.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 9):
Nice looking MEA Lounge; how were the catering/drinks there ?

Drinks and catering in the lounge were great. Lots and lots of appetizers, canapés, desserts (very tasty too) from what I recall. I was pretty much full when I boarded the plane! Booze was plenty too: beers, whiskey, selection of Lebanese wines etc...

Quoting MH017 (Reply 9):
Wonder how your CDG-DUB trip was (on Bae146 ?): care to share also ?

Yes, the CDG-DUB (and vice versa) was on the BAe 146s (I like how Crossair used to call them "Jumbolinos") and it was a nice experience since I had never been on one. But the business class product is nothing to write home about. The seats were pretty much Economy Class with no extra legroom. The biz cabin was separated by a hanging curtain, and there were 3 seats on each side, but for Business Class, they left the middle seats empty. The breakfasts the served were cheese and cold cuts and a few rounds of fresh breads/croissants, along with a side of fruit salad (did not take a photo). I don't remember if they served any alcoholic drinks as I only drank coffee and tea (both were morning flights).

Quoting FOMEA (Reply 10):
Where did you stay in Beirut?

I stayed with my parents, they live in Mtaileb (near Rabieh).





Thanks for all the positive feedback! It's definitely encouraging  Smile I'll try to write more reports soon as I do have some trips coming in the next few months.

Regards,
SkyteamLAX


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Great report & some super photo's!

Quoting SkyteamLAX (Thread starter):
The Lounge is quite impressive, has a very airy feel with a nice glass ceiling and is quite large. .

- What a great looking lounge, very nice indeed!

Quoting SkyteamLAX (Thread starter):
Shish Kebab as my main course

- That looks very good.

Great report, let's hope things recover there quickly, it's always somewhere I have wanted to visit.

Look forward to more reports in the future.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offline4xRuv From Israel, joined Dec 2003, 388 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report
Superb pics!

Thank you so much

The service on AF C looks great!


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8670 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great pics and nice trip report. how was the A330 ( DUB-LAX)?

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for sharing - I really enjoyed that report.

I have to commend you on the quality of your pictures - they are gread, especially considering you took them from inside the plane.

5*!

AirWales.


User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report . i have to sample air france soon!!

User currently offlineLH477 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 584 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great Report......
Two questions though.....Was champagne not served in a Flute? and the wine not in a wine glass?????



Come on you gunners......!!!!!
User currently offlineSkyteamLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 30 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 16):
how was the A330 ( DUB-LAX)?

This leg was in Economy, and I believe I had one of the worst seats in the plane... 30J I think it was, limited recline, right next to the lavs. Anyway, I was too tired and did not take a lot of pics, nevertheless here is a couple! Also, I was surprised that they did not assign one of their PTV installed A330-200s for their longest flight in the network (LAX). It was a looong 11 hours, but generally the crew was friendly and provided good service.

View of the Shamrock Winglets:

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View of the forward section of the eco cabin:

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User currently offlineSkyteamLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 30 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting LH477 (Reply 19):
Two questions though.....Was champagne not served in a Flute? and the wine not in a wine glass?????

LH477, both champagne and wine were served in regular glasses... No flute and no wine glass Sad But I can live with it given the other pluses  Smile


User currently offlineHomesick From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent report and wonderful to see the Beirut scenery. Having spent some time there in the 90s it was a pleasure to have a look at the photos.

Thanks

Homesick



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User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic reports and pictures, thank you for sharing.
Air France is definitely my second favourite airline at BEY, it's such a wonderful sight to see the mighty B773ER land in BEY daily. Hope it won't be too long before such experience can be possible.

MEA310



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User currently offlineGoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1837 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting MEA310 (Reply 23):
Air France is definitely my second favourite airline at BEY, it's such a wonderful sight to see the mighty B773ER land in BEY daily. Hope it won't be too long before such experience can be possible.

AF-B773 was back at BEY today. What a great news to see BEY reoperating almost normally.

Quoting CXtra (Reply 1):
but kind of surprising that they use the 773 er on that route. maybe it's between long-haul rotations??

It has always surprised me also but they are using this aircraft for BEY since they received their first B773 and it seemed to work quite well before last summer's events. AF restarts today CDG-BEY with 4 weekly flights and I heard all flights are very heavily booked for the coming weeks. I hope they will rapidly come back to full (normal) schedule rapidly


25 DALelite : entertaining report. thanks for sharing. regards: DALelite
26 9MMAR : Great insights over BEY. Lebanon always has a special place in my heart.
27 Lostmoon744 : Hey there 9MMAR, Wonderful trip report. Thanks for taking the time to do it. The food (especially the cheese plate) looked so wonderful. Beautiful air
28 ZKSUJ : A great report. Very interesting with some great pics thanks for sharing
29 Post contains images PU752 : thanks for sharing!
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