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User currently offlineJr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 974 posts, RR: 5
Posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2876 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!

I've flown on 9V-SPK.
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User currently offlineBA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

Great Report!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Glad you had an alright flight with AF, makes a change!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
O by the way you've still gota get on one of those ilusive A318's, sorry for nit picking!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
British Airways has a few brand new A318's, not sure about the routings though.

Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
User currently offlineAlle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

Nice Report, how was your stay in Helsinki?


User currently offlineDfleet7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 153 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

what features did the seat back tvs have? did they have games? also were all the channels in english?

last, i cant believe that AF flies F100s all the way from CDG to DFW! LOL i know you meant HEL

User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2712 times:

I know for one that I certainly wouldn't fly from CDG to DFW on an F-100 !! I might consider flying a A-340, but not a F-100..........

By the way, I flown on that AF plane you went out on, it is a great airplane......

.....whatever !!


User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2672 times:

Nice to see AF at DFW(only seen pics at the moment) but anyway the plane was an A340-300, go to dfwairport.com to see a pic of it(if it is still there)

Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineJr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 974 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2666 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.

Jay ... dude, get some work done for a change.

I've flown on 9V-SPK.
User currently offlineDfleet7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 153 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

one more question, was there a PTV control that popped out of the armrest, like on delta 777s?

User currently offlineJr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 974 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

Yep - the tv controls were in the arm rest like the other airlines. The touch screen controls on the PTV were actually pretty cool.

I remember the old emirates PTVs on their A300s and A310s did not have a seperate control from the arm rest ...

I've flown on 9V-SPK.
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