Air France Flight AF 007
Delta Air Lines Flight 8581
Scheduled Departure: 7:20pm
Actual Departure: 7:20pm
Scheduled Arrival: 8:45am
Actual Arrival: 8:32am
Boeing 777-200 F-GSPB
Two weeks ago, I flew to Paris to start a 10 day trip that included several days in Spain. Check in at Terminal 1 was a breeze. No long lines. No major problems. We departed from Gate 10, one of the furthest in the main terminal. This was the first day of operations for Swiss International Airlines at T1 so they were having some festivities ahead of the Zurich departure.
Boarding was a bit chaotic as rows were not really well announced, but we got to our seats just fine. I was struck at how clean the plane was on the inside. This is not a new 777. It has been in service with AF for almost 9 years. The cabin was spotless. The new premium cabins were installed. Plane smelled fresh. Crew were very polite, good looking, and quite happy to attend to the 200+ pax in the economy cabin I was seated in.
Pushback was on time. We had a slow and deliberate taxi to the runway and took off around 8:15. The flight was to be a short 6 hour, 5 minute journey to CDG. The AVOD system seemed new. It had on screen touch commands and it worked well. Good selection of movies and other stuff. Food was quite good.
We landed 13 minutes ahead of schedule and taxied to a parking area and had to be bussed to Hall 2. We spent about 20 minutes navigating around the CDG airfield which was cool, but a bit tiresome. If I had to connect at CDG I might not choose AF given the hassles.
All in all, excellent flight. Clean plane, outside too! Nice crew. Smooth flight. I would definitely fly AF again longhaul.
Delta Air Lines Flight DL 127
Scheduled Departure: 10:30am
Actual Departure: 10:17am
Scheduled Arrival: 1:40pm
Actual Arrival: 2:10pm
Check in was relatively simple. The agent accidentally tagged our bags with BusinessElite stickers since we got moved into the business class line. Boarding was efficient for what would be a packed 767 headed back to JFK. The plane interior had been redone. The Business Elite cabin had the new seats, and the coach class section had the new leather seats, signage, carpeting, and such. The plane was clean, but it smelled like feet. Were pleasant, but in that cheery southern charm thing that is so Delta, and so not what you want after spending 10 days in Europe. The service was fine. Efficient. Food was actually pretty good.
The flight itself wasn't bad but the product needs work. Delta is not AF, and it certainly isn't up to par with CO which is the only frankly decent US carrier for long haul. The plane wasn't all that old. It looked better than some 767-300's I've flown in on AA.
I only few DL because my ticket was an AF/DL combo. As I saw the CO 767-400 take off ahead of us, headed for EWR I sort of wished I was on that plane instead.