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CDG-EZE Dead Heading.

Wed Apr 04, 2001 7:36 pm

Thursday March 22nd 2001, Paris.

It is 2045 when my taxi pulls up in front of my building. I pick up my suitcase and walk down the 2 flights of stairs, open the door and hand my suitcases to the driver who is surprised to see me in civilian clothing.
He works for a taxi company that Air France uses to pick up its employees. I am entitled a ride for all flights departing or arriving between 2301 and 0518.
Air France 416 which is going to fly me down to Buenos Aires leaves CDG at 2315.
Our drive to the crew center is really short and we get to CDG on time. I Thank him and sign in. I am given my ticket and I join the rest of my crew downstairs to get our bus to terminal 2 hall F.
There are 14 of us and I am the 3rd most senior flight attendant on the flight. This shows just how much Air France is recruiting.
Terminal 2F, we get off and check in for flight AF 416. The terminal is empty and we get taken care of very rapidly.
We are checked in cabin B of the B777-200 in l'Espace Affaires and my seat is 9A.
We all head towards our gate and seat down waiting for boarding. A couple of minutes later we are told that boarding will be delayed. Everybody is calm and there is no screams from the customers.
After 30 minutes boarding is started.
F-GSPA will take us safely to Buenos Aires and the aircraft is caring proudly its new SkyTEAM logo sticker aft of the flightdeck windows.
Tonight's flight isn't so full and we are all on board within minutes.
There are 5 cabin attendants who will look after the 42 passengers seated in l'Espace Affaires.
I settle down in my seat, get my magazines out and flick through the Air France rendez-Vous magazine containing our video and musical program.
The crew comes through the cabin with champagne and orange juice. Champagne thank you ! and later with news papers. We are offered oshiboris and the menus follow up soon after.
The lightsare dimmed as take off is approaching.
And its a lift off ! We are in the air for the next 13 hours and 30 minutes. Tomorrow morning we will be in Argentina.
I look at the menu and I can read :


Choice of Hors D'oeuvre

Roast guinea fowl with rosemary, herb marinated cheese, sun dried tomato and celery, pine nuts, gourmet salad, walnut oil and balsamic vinaigrette

Fillet of red mullet, tomato sauce with olive oil, sun dried tomato, gourmet salad

Choice of Main Courses

Pan seared sirloin of lamb, sauteed porcini mushrooms with herbs, potatoes au gratin, provencale style tomato

Monkfish and rockfish stew, saffron potatoes

Our Special Selection of Cheese

Camembert, Comte, Rigotte


Chocolate Szechuan pepper tart
Raspberry, Apricot or lime flavored sorbets with cookies
Fresh fruits.

I went for the guinea fowl starter which was very nice and there was a lot of it.
The lamb was stunning particularly with the herb mustard I was offered. Other choices were Dijon mustard and Whole grain mustard.
Cheese was excellent too and the best part was the chocolate cake. I must say that Air France has mastered the Chocolate cake with such briothat they should be awarded the best chocolate cake airline !!! They come up with a new recipe each time and it is always so good !
Tea, coffee and liqueurs were offered just after.
I watched "La verite si je mens 2" for the second time during dinner and fell asleep just after dinner and before the movie finished. 5 hours later I woke up and went to the bar for a drink of water and fruit juice. The buffet was dressed up with Fresh fruit basket, 4 kinds of sandwiches, cookies and dried fruits.
I had a chat with the crew and went back to my seat for a read. i am reading Memoirs of a Geisha for the second time now ! Love the book.
An hour and 30 minutes before we arrive in Buenos Aires wa are served a hot breakfast.

Fruit juice,
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate
fresh fruit
cereal yoghurt

Scrambled eggs, green asparagus tips and roesti potatoes
Crepe filled with apples, apple slices and cinnamon

Fresh bakery selection, breakfast pastries, butter and preserves

A cup of tea, a glass of water, the crepe and a couple of croissant made a great breakfast for me.

We were hand out the landing forms and started our descent to Argentina.

We arrived with a 15 minutes delay and were out of the immigration lines thanks to our crew status within minutes. We picked up our bags and headed to our hotel, The Sheraton on Plaza San Martin.

A little nap after a nice shower and tonight we will go to the crew lounge for a drink with the whole crew; 28 of us !

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew

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RE: CDG-EZE Dead Heading.

Wed Apr 04, 2001 9:05 pm

Great report. If you don't mind me asking, why were you deadheading to EZE instead of working the flight and then working a return flight?


P.S.: i will be flying L'Espace Affairs from LHR to JFK via CDG on June 9. Sorry I don't know the flight numbers offhand.

RE: CDG-EZE Dead Heading.

Thu Apr 05, 2001 6:44 am

Thanks for sharing the journey with us AF. I fly down a lot to EZE, however as we live in the UK, we fly with BA.

I often see the AF crew at the gate lounge waiting to board the a/c.

Usually at EZE, AF, BA, LH, AZ tend to arrive together in the morning (at least they did last year).

Do you know what happened to AF's service to Moroni, Comoros Is?? It used to be done via Nairobi with a 742, the only flight I have ever taken with AF.

I was scheduled to fly an AF 777 in October to Luanda, however, my parents have now chosen to fly with TAP!  Sad

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RE: CDG-EZE Dead Heading.

Thu Apr 05, 2001 7:32 pm

Great one Heiarii. Great to see your great reports back in the forum!!
Did you get my E-mail??

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RE: CDG-EZE Dead Heading.

Sat Apr 07, 2001 7:02 pm

Thank you for the Great trip report !
Will you also post for the return trip ?
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RE: CDG-EZE Dead Heading.

Sat Apr 07, 2001 7:13 pm

Hi Captain Picard

Comores is no longer served by Air France
Nairobi also discontinued
Comores is badly served now
The only scheduled service is
Air Madgascar ATR
Yemenia 310
Inter Air 727
Air Tanzania 733

There is often a problem with fuel there which is one
of the reasons Emirates cancelled their service there.
There is a rumour of a new French owned airline
which will be operating charters to South Africa
and Paris called Indian Ocean Airways.
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RE: CDG-EZE Dead Heading.

Sat Apr 07, 2001 7:16 pm

Bonjour All !

I will post the return trip report next week. I worked First Class on a full flight !

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew.

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RE: CDG-EZE Dead Heading.

Mon Apr 09, 2001 6:21 am

Heiarii, you are so lucky  Smile/happy/getting dizzy You make my mouth water with the descriptions of the cuisine. Maybe I need to improve my French so I can get your job...  Smile

Au revoir,


RE: CDG-EZE Dead Heading.

Mon Apr 09, 2001 7:21 am

Thanks for the update LX,

Shame, because it was an interesting island.


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