Jr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 974 posts, RR: 5 Posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2644 times:
The date was May 15th, and I was looking forward to my first flight on an A340 as well as my first trip with AF. It was a nice sight to see the AF A340 in Dallas. F-GLZR would be my ride for the night as AF043, and considering that it was only the 9th day of service for AF on the DFW-CDG route, AF must have been pretty happy. Coach was packed, and business class was pretty full (although I learned from a FA that all 6 first class seats were vacant). After a long taxi from terminal E, followed by an equally long wait we finally rolled off and away on 17R. Inflight entertainment was average at best inspite of seat back TVs - I really couldn't find anything interesting. Arrival into CDG was at 12:15, about 40 minutes behind schedule. I have finally managed to fly on all Airbus types - woohoo! (A319, 320, 321, 310, 300, 330 & 340 - I didn't miss any did I?)
My second leg, CDG-DFW, was aboard an F100 (G-BYDO), operated by franchise partner Gill Airways as AF1298. The scheduled 3 hour flying time was cut short by almost 30 minutes owing to some strong tail winds. But arrival into Helsinki was still delayed by almost half an hour owing to some ATC delays at CDG even before we took off.
The overall service on AF was certainly good, and I would fly AF again. I am yet to find an airline that beats SQ though ... Another trip, another airline and another aircraft in the A340 to add to my list!
BA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2508 times:
Glad you had an alright flight with AF, makes a change!
O by the way you've still gota get on one of those ilusive A318's, sorry for nit picking!
British Airways has a few brand new A318's, not sure about the routings though.
Jr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 974 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2434 times:
Sorry for the slip on the CDG-HEL part. I was still jetlagged and ready for bed when I posted it, and in a hurry to get out of work and hit my hotel ... Thank goodness the F100s don't fly that far!
As far as the PTVs were concerened, there were about 5 or 6 movies. 2 of them English, and the rest French. I didn't find any of them interesting - Boring at best!. I probably watched a good five minutes of the on board programming before resorting to my laptop to work on a presentation I had the following day at work. There were also a few games including solitaire - darn that game was frustrating - could never win!!! - I wish they had free cell instead.
Return to DFW is on June 2 along the same route. I'll try and post a better trip report on that one.