I'm in the middle of compiling a TR
on this, so won't go into every detail here.
I travelled CDG
a couple of weeks ago, on Air France Ticket stock, but on the China Eastern code share service.
Firstly, no reservation in the system at check-in, even though I had a pre-assigned seat, paper ticket and printed confirmation. The AF
guy on check-in said it happens all the time that reservations made with their flight numbers are routinely "lost" by MU
Boarding: There was supposed to be a seperate access point to the gate for F & J class, but as soon as it was opened, everyone ran for it and no-one from MU
made any attempt to stop them.
Once everyone was onboard, there were no pre-departure drinks. It was then announced that we had a 4 hour ATC delay. About 90 minutes into the delay, we were presented with trays of food in J class. It looked like we were getting a snack to while away the time, as there were no menus and no drinks. Minutes later, I was presented with a dish which the F/A announced was Chicken.
2 hours late, we commenced push and start.
No sooner had I been given the chicken (and I hadn't started on any of the tray) than it was promptly removed again as we commenced taxi.
A F/A then came down the cabin with a bottle of $2 Rioja white wine, asking if anyone wanted any.....!?!?!
We departed nearly 3 hours late.
For the entire flight, until breakfast, we had no food whatsoever - the "snack" had been our dinner, which had all been thrown away in preparation for departure.
After the Rioja wine, there was no more, neither red nor white, and when asked about champagne, the F/A just giggled.
There were no amenity kits.
Whilst most people were sleeping, they suddenly put on all the lights in the middle of the night and announced that we WOULD participate in their inflight fitness and exercise programme. I have never seen anything onboard an aircraft so comical than the entire F/A crew located throughout the cabin perform exercises to the video on the screens. If it hadn't been so funny, I would have been fuming over the unexpected wake-up call.
have a fantastic aircraft in the A346. It is almost criminal that they serve up such substandard cabin service onboard it. I now fully understand why regular premium passengers on the route choose Air France (there were 3 people in J) over China Eastern, as the return on Air France was infinitely superior.
So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(