Lax-cdg-jnb Af F
This is part of a 3 1/2 week jounrey I am taking to South Africa. New part of the world for me. I used my DL miles (160,000 of them) for an AF F award. Not a bad deal for 4 ten hour flights! Wasn't hard to get the seats on the dates I wanted either, booking 6 weeks in advance.
Now, I have just completed the first leg of the journey, and I don't have much to praise just yet. I'll start with check in... Well, prior to check in. It was a tearful good-bye with my partner, who was not able to join me on this adventure. I already miss him dearly.
Terminal 2, LAX
I was second in the F line, and the computers were down. Took about 10 minutes to rectify. Cheery agent checked me in quickly and gave me an invite to the NW lounge. (I had thought that AF F pax use the new NZ lounge, as NW closes theirs at 6pm now. But it turns out that NW keeps the lounge open until 9 on the days that AF has the late flight). I tood my bags to the security check, said good-bye to them, and was on my way to the gate.
Security took no time, and I was soon in the NW lounge. Boy, has it gone downhill in the past few years! Lots of wear and tear. Not much food choice. And no wi-fi. The worst things was the offensive odor from the guy sitting near me. I was praying that he would not be my seat mate.
The flight, LAX-CDG, 744
Boarding was orderly chaos. Or is it chaotic order? I was soon on the plane. Now, I had been checking the seat maps, and up unitl a few hours before travel, the one next to me was empty. Anyway, I get to my seat, and it must have been 20 minutes before I was greeted. 30 minutes until my jacket was taken. 35 minutes until I was offered a drink. It wasn't the warmest service, but I wasn't expecting it to be. Flight departs at 9:35, and at 9:30, seat next to me is still empty.
But then a woman came along and claimed the seat. (At least it wasn't stinky from the NW club!) But here's what's odd. She took the seat, but then for both take-off and landing, she went back to C class. Wasn't sure what that was about!
Took off on time and soon we were over Vegas. Drink service included packaged cashews (that actually came in a box). Little appetizers (nova, crab, shrimp canapes.... the usual stuff) as well.
Choice of hors d'oeuvre:
Duck foie gras
Poached shrimp and rock lobster
Choice of main course
Grilled tournedos of beef
Filet and monkfish
Risotto with asparagus
Chicken with curry sauce
Petits fours frais
Sherbert with cookies
I chose the chicken curry, which was excellent. I has this with a salad. Not much else. Service was very basic. They had a cart, the same as would be used in Y, and unpacked much of the food in front of us. But it was tasty. The two FA's were perfunctory but pleasent. Not refined the way other F classes are. (I prefer the srevice in UA F, though not the food).
Entertainment was old style. I watched, "Tootsie." Such a classic. Went to bed after that and actualyl slept a bit.
Breakfast was 45 minutes before landing. Eggs or waffles. I had a waffle, which was OK, but not great.
We landed early and I was off the plane quickly. Made my way over to 2F at CDG and found the lounge. Took a nice shower and am sitting here now. Wi-fi is not free, but the food offerings are nice.