I flew CDG
on the RG
MD11 in May last year, in Business Class.
The single check-in desk at CDG
was eventually opened nearly an hour later than expected (maybe they did not expect anyone to be joining the flight!), and was told it was "free-seating" ie pick an empty seat once on board the 'plane.
The cabin had been semis-cleaned - no items of cutlery/crockery to be found, but lots of used headsets, blankets and newspapers littered in seat pockets, overhead bins.
The cabin was about a third full, and the crew who joined the flight just served a sandwich and an orange juice - the bar remained firmly closed for the whole flight.
Take-off was awesome - a real surge of power and a short take-off roll, followed by a steep and steady climb.
I would imagine flying AMS
is probably more organised check-in wise, as there will be pax flying on to Brazil. I also would think that the aircraft is cleaned more thoroughly . Hopefully, they may even find the key to the bar trolley as well !!!!
also fly LHR
5 times a week - I have flown in both the 777 & MD11 on this route, which has much higher load factors (both above 75%), and the onboard service is better too.