Here are some highlights of Air France’s A380
upper floor forward door
this area, across from the galley, was set up with snacks & cocktails during flight
front stairs; directly across from these stairs are the stairs up to the cockpit
economy class cabin; very similar to other Air France cabins
the curve of the fuselage makes for a large gap between window seats and the wall of the plane on the first floor, in economy
my seat, 21G, middle section aisle; luckily the seat next to mine was vacant, giving me much more space to eat & sleep
Upper Deck, Business Class (there is Business Class seating on the lower deck too)
First Class is on the lower deck; 9 seats total; this is seat 2L
Each passenger was given this tote bag which included a model of the A380 (the stand commemorates the date and occasion) some cologne and perfume by Marcisco Rodriguez (on top of bag in picture) and a certificate.
After de-planning, there was this 2 piece "orchestra" and the jet bridge was lined with Air France employees greeting passengers
A few fleeting shots
Even after 12 hours of being submersed in everything that is the A380, I still had some adrenaline pumping as I walked away from the gate and the experience. At first, second and third glance, I did not find the A380 much of an aesthetic pleasure, but having flown in it, I have a new appreciation for this magnificent airplane and the saying "beauty is only skin deep"
From Paris, I connected to Heathrow for some fantastic spotting. Flew an empty, US based carrier back to JFK, then caught a painful red-eye on the newest member of the One World alliance. Thanks for reading