Air France flight 307
Date:June 4th-June5th, 2003
Scheduled time of departure: 9:35 P.M.
Actual time of departure: 9:45 P.M.
Scheduled time of arrival: 11:50 A.M.
Actual time of arrival: 11:10 A.M.
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Photo © Gimard
I was so excited because of this trip! Not only was this my first trip to Europe, but my first ride on a widebody since I was 5 years old! To make it better it was a Boeing 777!!! We went with a group, and our tour leader told us to meet her in front of the Air France ticket counter at 6:30. My family and I had driven down from North Carolina. You ask why we didn't fly out of CLT? It's a long story, but to make it short, our tour leader said it would be easier if we all just flew together because if my family and I had flown out of CLT the tour company could not guarantee we would be on the same flights. But anyway, we left early to try and beat the Atlanta traffic, we pulled up to the terminal at 4:00, about 5 1/2 hours before our plane was supposed to leave, so we went and hung out in the atrium until the rest of the group showed up.
Check in took about 20 minutes. Then security took about 10 minutes. This was my first time at the airport in Atlanta, and I just love it, it's very clean, modern, and nice! The train idea under the terminals is a great concept! Since we were flying Air France our flight left out of Terminal E. So we got to the gate and hung around there for awhile until boarding. Boarding took a little while considering that it was a full flight. I tell you that there was not one seat left on this plane, at least in Tempo. So I sat down to find out that I did not have a window seat, but then a Mom and daughter realized that they were not seated together, and I was next to the Mom so I volunteered my seat, and switched with the daughter. Sat down and persuaded the guy next to me to switch with me so I could have the window, not the best thing. The guy in front of me just laid his seat all the way down right after we took off from Atlanta. We took off from Atlanta at 9:45 P.M., only 10 minutes late. WOW....Is this plane powerful or what , it really does push you back into the seat. And the little personal televisions with the flight tracker is AWESOME!!! I really enjoyed that. Not too long after takeoff we were served a beverage, and for dinner we were given a choice between spicy Cajun chicken or veal, I took the veal, it was pretty good. It came with noodles, a shrimp salad, French bread, cheese, and a cherry tart for dessert, and of course water, and a cup of coffee or tea. Then shortly after they turned out the lights and told everyone at the window seats to shut the blinds. This was my first flight over the Atlantic, and let me tell you it was not as easy as I thought it would be. I slept for maybe 2 hours straight, but after that I was on and off, I just could not get comfortable at all. About an hour and a half from landing in Paris we were served breakfast. I honestly cannot remember what it was...sorry . I have to talk about the flight crew on this flight, they were very professional and nice as can be. They were always smiling and were not snotty at all! Great job!!
So as we flew over the French coast we began our escent into CDG. Flying over the French countryside is beautiful! We landed at CDG at 11:10 A.M., 40 minutes early! This whole time I was looking for Concorde, didn't see her.
We taxied to a spot across from the terminal and parked. Yes, you guessed it, we were picked up by one of those weird big a$$ busses, the one that rises up to load and unload, and then goes back down to drive. It was interesting, no doubt about it, but in my opinion it's a hassle, either that or I'm just used to going right on the jetway. So we got off the bus thing and went into the terminal, and scrambled to find our connecting flight to Nice. CDG is a pretty confusing airport if you ask me. We had to take a bus to Terminal 2F to catch out flight, and it took awhile, by the time we got to our gate the plane was getting ready to leave.
I give AF 304 an A! The plane was very cool, but cramped, and the flight crew was excellent, and the food was pretty good!
Air France flight 7704
Date: June 5th, 2003
Scheduled time of departure: 12:35 P.M.
Actual: 1:10 P.M.
Scheduled time of arrival: 2:10 P.M.
Actual time of arrival: 2:30 P.M.
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Photo © AirNikon
After running around through CDG we made it to our gate in Terminal 2F to catch our flight to Nice. This aircraft was full, but not completely. I had more legroom on this flight so it was more comfortable. The A320 seemed like it had aged a bit though. We taxied out to the runway for takeoff, still looked for Concorde but didn't see her. By this time I think everyone in our group other than myself had fallen asleep. I was seated in 20A. After takeoff we flew right over Paris, and I saw the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe from the plane, got a picture of it. Not too long after we were served a beverage and a snack which was a sandwich in French bread with either ham and cheese, or just cheese. I had just cheese, it was actually very tastsy! Very different, I talked with a lady from Florida who was seated next to me. She had flown from Sarasota to Atlanta, then to Paris, and was headed now headed to her final destination of Nice, where she would drive to a little village near Monaco. She had flown on one of the Delta flights from Atlanta to Paris. Ironically, I would see her the next day in that same little village! It really is a small world!
I kept falling asleep but would wake myself up because I wanted to see the Swiss Alps, and see the coast of the French Riviera from the plane. Saw both!
The approach into Nice is really cool. On the approach we flew over Cannes, and then flew down the coast for the approach.
The flight crew on this flight was nice, but not as nice as the flight from Atlanta to Paris, but still professional.
We landed in Nice, went through French customs, and got on the bus to go to the hotel.
I give Air France flight 7704 an A as well! Good flight!
Spent about a week in France, went to Nice, Monaco, Avignon, and Paris.
Air France flight 304
Date: June 12th, 2003
scheduled time of departure: 3:55 P.M.
actual time of departure: 4:50 P.M.
Scheduled time of arrival: 7:20 P.M.
Actual time of arrival: 8:00 P.M.
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Photo © Yannick DANIEL
Got to CDG at about 1:00 P.M., and guess what I saw when we were driving in? CONCORDE!!!!!! , that was one thing I really wanted to see on this trip. Yes I know it's not flying passengers anymore, but it's still making appearances! We checked in for a flight, said goodbye to our tour guide who had been with us since we had gotten to Nice. Check in took awhile, and they looked all through my bag, then we went through security and went to the gate. Got a couple of pictures of Concorde! Bought some souvenirs at the gift shop and before I knew it we were boarding. This time the plane was parked at the jetway, we didn't have to take one of those buses. One thing that I really liked about CDG, and NCE was how the jetways there are glass...It's just really cool! They use a lot of glass in France for both their airports and TGV stations. I was able to get a window seat again for this flight, seat 38A.
This plane was pretty full, but not completely, maybe 8 or 10 seats left in Tempo. I also was able to have more legroom! I don't know what went on, but we left Paris almost an hour late. We took off at 4:55 P.M. and were on our way to Atlanta. We flew over the English channel, London, England, and Ireland, and of course we crossed the Atlantic. The crew on this flight was great! We had the funniest flight attendant, she was so sweet and funny! The flight crew was very professional! I give them an A++!!
For our meal we had a choice between Salmon and beef, I had salmon and it was with potatoes, with French bread and cheese, and a peach cobbler for dessert, and of course water and a cup of tea or coffee. Couldn't sleep much on this flight either, couldn't really get comfortable. We flew over the coast of Canada, and over the eastern U.S.A. We landed in Atlanta at 8:00 P.M., 40 minutes late. Going through customs took awhile, but it was great to be back in the U.S.A. We had to get our bags and take them with us through customs, and then put it back on the belt for it to unload in the main baggage claim area, I really didn't understand that
On the train back to the main terminal some idiot broke one of the doors on the train. So we went back up to the main baggage claim area and picked up our bags, said goodbye to the friends we had made on the trip and headed home.
I give Air France flight 304 an A! An A for the whole trip flying!!!!
My trip to France was wonderful, and Air France made it even better. My only complaint was that on the 777's it seemed like the seats were a little too cramped. The A320 felt more roomy in my opinion. Just my opinion...Don't jump down my throat .
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