flpuck6
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CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:20 pm

Continued …

CDG-IAD
AF026 777-200 F-GSPQ
Seats 2K + 2L
Scheduled departure : 16h40 (17h08)
Scheduled arrival : 19h00 (19h18)
Departure gate C87 (parking stand C08)
Arrival gate B41

We arrived at Terminal 2C where we checked-in at the First Class zone. The agent politely told us that we had been pre-checked in (which was good to know that they kept track of us) and continued the rest of the formalities necessary for traveling to the United States. Security was a breeze and we stopped at the lounge where we were able to take a quick shower before heading back up to the gate for boarding.
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The quality of the boarding of this flight left to be desired in part due to the security measures (continual inspection in the pre-jetbridge) and in part due to the lack of organization of the ground staff at the podium. The agent in the line in which we stood spent 10 minutes handling a ticketing issue with a passenger, which I found to be inappropriate given he should be boarding not resolving one ticketing issue. He should have sent the passenger to the other podium, which is located prior to the boarding machines. After he took my friend’s and my boarding cards he then announced to the people behind us that he was “closed” !?!?

We managed to avoid being inspected because each agent was already occupied. We were greeted on board and took our seats in 2KL. The classic Espace Premiere is excellent but after having experienced the NEV it is hard to go back to the old configuration.

The service was nonetheless up to par but not quite as what we had on our Seoul flights. For information, the menus and service methods for all flights after 10h but before 23h from CDG are all more-or-less the same (the plat du jour changed) regardless of the destination so we had the same choices on this flight as we did on the CDG-ICN. The service method was respected : welcome drink (OJ instead of champagne!), pyjamas and amenities kit, orders taken for the meal service, aperitif with mise-en-bouche, appetizer (foie gras!), choice of main course (I chose the filet of beef of jus flavored with anchovy and curry accented by baby vegetable julienne, very good), cheese (skipped), dessert, coffee, tea.









A light meal was proposed prior to landing : assortment of canapés featuring free-range chicken, fennel and sheep’s milk cheese, homestyle yogurt, and spice-infused pineapple and strawberries.


The crew visibly had problems with the video system because leaving CDG they had to do the safety demonstration manually. Even though we were in P and this aircraft was delivered with the VOD we were unable to pause / fast forward / rewind our films as the VOD allows. (All aircraft after F-GSPL [if I remember correctly] are VOD in P and J.)

The delay incurred at CDG due to the additional security measures for USA flights was unable to be made up and arrival in IAD was 18 minutes late. We took the “people movers” from Terminal B directly to Immigration and Customs where formalities for coming back home went smoothly.


Overall impressions :

The transit at CDG this time was OK … reassuring to know they noticed we were not checked-in on our CDG-IAD flight, inbound from Seoul. We were check-in sequences 47 and 48 which means they caught it fairly early. The additional security measures were a little annoying but does anyone have a choice ? Boarding was a little hectic but at least they have an exclusive entry for business and first class passengers. At least we boarded via jetbridge and not by bus.

A fairly standard First Class experience on this flight … nothing special but most likely the same level of service that business class passengers received. Of course, having flown the P-NEV the classic P doesn’t seem nearly as nice but who am I to complain !?

The arrival in IAD was straight forward was well and both of our bags made it this time. The immigration officer was pleasant, unlike those in Boston (where I usually fly in and out).
Bonjour Chef!
 
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:36 pm

Excellent series of reports. Hope you had a good time.
 
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:58 pm

wow, great pictures! the seats looked amazing as well as the food. thanks for posting
 
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:38 pm

Wow, excellent report and pictures! The food on AF First Class looks incredible!

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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:38 pm

once again great report and pictures!
that beef looks really good, so does the lounge... clean and nice!

Hope they get their 777-200's done up!
Can't wait for your next report... when might it be?
~Cheers-
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Tue Sep 05, 2006 6:29 pm

I shall reply here and my reply applies to the entire report. Thanks, Flpuck6, for this great report with great pictures. Comparing AF's and LH's First and Business products, I find that AF arranges and presents the food in a much nicer way. As for tasing better, well, no idea.  wink 

Looks like you had a good time.  bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:11 pm

thank you for sharing! previous reports indicated much to be desired from Air France in First, but your 4 part synopsis says otherwise.

Thank you again.
 
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:11 pm

Excellent reports; I have really enjoyed them. The service sounded amazing, and the food looks wonderful!
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:40 am

A very nice set of reports, I have enjoyed reading and looking at all the pictures.

Quoting Flpuck6 (Thread starter):
After he took my friend's and my boarding cards he then announced to the people behind us that he was "closed" !?!?

- Pretty rude if you ask me.

Quoting Flpuck6 (Thread starter):
A light meal was proposed prior to landing : assortment of canapés featuring free-range chicken, fennel and sheep's milk cheese, homestyle yogurt, and spice-infused pineapple and strawberries.

- Whilst it looks nice, I would have prefered something a little more substantial looking if you know what I mean.

Thanks again.

Mark
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:32 am

I appreciate the reports. I am not a fan of AF, but you seemed to have a great time on board.

Just on a side note, anyone else notice the PSP port in the lounge?

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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:52 am

I love AF. Great report...
 
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:10 am

yes, great report. The only problem when you have such nice experience in P or J is when you have to fly coach after !!
 
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:37 pm

repost to overcome bandwidth problems with photobucket

Continued …

CDG-IAD
23AUG06
AF026 777-200 F-GSPQ
Seats 2K + 2L
Scheduled departure : 16h40 (17h08)
Scheduled arrival : 19h00 (19h18)
Departure gate C87 (parking stand C08)
Arrival gate B41

We arrived at Terminal 2C where we checked-in at the First Class zone. The agent politely told us that we had been pre-checked in (which was good to know that they kept track of us) and continued the rest of the formalities necessary for traveling to the United States. Security was a breeze and we stopped at the lounge where we were able to take a quick shower before heading back up to the gate for boarding.


The quality of the boarding of this flight left to be desired in part due to the security measures (continual inspection in the pre-jetbridge) and in part due to the lack of organization of the ground staff at the podium. The agent in the line in which we stood spent 10 minutes handling a ticketing issue with a passenger, which I found to be inappropriate given he should be boarding not resolving one ticketing issue. He should have sent the passenger to the other podium, which is located prior to the boarding machines. After he took my friend’s and my boarding cards he then announced to the people behind us that he was “closed” !?!?

We managed to avoid being inspected because each agent was already occupied. We were greeted on board and took our seats in 2KL. The classic Espace Premiere is excellent but after having experienced the NEV it is hard to go back to the old configuration.

The service was nonetheless up to par but not quite as what we had on our Seoul flights. For information, the menus and service methods for all flights after 10h but before 23h from CDG are all more-or-less the same (the plat du jour changed) regardless of the destination so we had the same choices on this flight as we did on the CDG-ICN. The service method was respected : welcome drink (OJ instead of champagne!), pyjamas and amenities kit, orders taken for the meal service, aperitif with mise-en-bouche, appetizer (foie gras!), choice of main course (I chose the filet of beef of jus flavored with anchovy and curry accented by baby vegetable julienne, very good), cheese (skipped), dessert, coffee, tea.








A light meal was proposed prior to landing : assortment of canapés featuring free-range chicken, fennel and sheep’s milk cheese, homestyle yogurt, and spice-infused pineapple and strawberries.


The crew visibly had problems with the video system because leaving CDG they had to do the safety demonstration manually. Even though we were in P and this aircraft was delivered with the VOD we were unable to pause / fast forward / rewind our films as the VOD allows. (All aircraft after F-GSPL [if I remember correctly] are VOD in P and J.)

The delay incurred at CDG due to the additional security measures for USA flights was unable to be made up and arrival in IAD was 18 minutes late. We took the “people movers” from Terminal B directly to Immigration and Customs where formalities for coming back home went smoothly.


Overall impressions :

The transit at CDG this time was OK … reassuring to know they noticed we were not checked-in on our CDG-IAD flight, inbound from Seoul. We were check-in sequences 47 and 48 which means they caught it fairly early. The additional security measures were a little annoying but does anyone have a choice ? Boarding was a little hectic but at least they have an exclusive entry for business and first class passengers. At least we boarded via jetbridge and not by bus.

A fairly standard First Class experience on this flight … nothing special but most likely the same level of service that business class passengers received. Of course, having flown the P-NEV the classic P doesn’t seem nearly as nice but who am I to complain !?

The arrival in IAD was straight forward was well and both of our bags made it this time. The immigration officer was pleasant, unlike those in Boston (where I usually fly in and out).
Bonjour Chef!
 
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RE: CDG-IAD AF Espace Premiere Part IV

Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:02 am

Stunning reports - all four of them. AF's food never fails to impress - I must say...I've never flown them, but in every report the food stands out first, followed closely by the service...

Quite a long way for only 2 days - regardless, thanks for taking the time to write this up  thumbsup  one of the best vicarious flights I've had in ages...

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