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Air France A380 Heathrow To Paris/SkyTeam Lounge

Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:41 pm

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/Air%20France/afa380.jpg










DATE: 12/JUN/2010

AIRLINE: AIR FRANCE

FLIGHT: AF1981

ROUTE: LHR-CDG

CLASS: ECONOMY

SEAT: 93B

AIRCRAFT : AIRBUS A380-800

REG: F-HPJB








Myself and fellow Anetter Gareth decided we would take the plunge and book seats on the A380. We both had been dying to get on it and for me doing a Longhaul is out of the question at the moment due to work so when this came up it was ideal. So we booked our tickets and reserved our seats bagging two seats together on the Upper Deck.




We had flown from DUB the night before on Bmi checking into the Marriott at Heathrow for the night. We had booked the Renaissance but I prefer the Marriott for the rooms and swimming pool. A runway view room was the only thing we would have to give up  






We checked out of the hotel and made our way to Terminal 4. Its been a long time since I was in Terminal 4, many years.











We checked in at the SkyTeam Premium Check in area.The girl at the desk was very friendly and asked what flight we were on. We said the A380 flight to Paris and she smiled. We checked our bags and got our Upper Deck boarding cards and proceeded to the SkyTeam lounge. I have to say we were very impressed.





http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/AF2/Photo001.jpg




Soon it was time to head to the gate and board this amazing aircraft. First impressions WOW!

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/AF2/Photo008.jpg



The doors closed and we made our way to the runway .


http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/AF2/Photo041.jpg

Take off was amazing and so quiet .



This being such a short flight I was trying to take everything in. What a wonderful piece of engineering. The crew sprung into action with free drinks and snacks. Fair play to them on such a short flight and the crew really interacted with the passengers it was a party feeling.



After a while it was time to make our descent into CDG. The flight was over too quickly  

We landed quite smoothly a few bumps then the mood lighting was switched on.



We taxied to the gate and were given the chance to visit the F Class cabin to take photos.



Then we disembarked thanking the crew and made our way to the baggage reclaim.




So thats the end of this report. Kudos to Air France for running this unique flight and giving many the chance to fly on this amazing aircraft. Im tempted to do it all again later in the Summer. For anyone considering it Id highly recommend it .



Thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments as usual.




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Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:45 pm

OA260,

What a great report! How great to fly on the A380 on such a short flight!

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Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:57 pm

Hi Phil,

really nice picture report - congratulations on being the first one to write about AF's A380 CDG-LHR-CDG flights! Will be interesting to see how many AF A380 reports will go online in the next few weeks and months.

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
Take off was amazing and so quiet .

Too quiet for my taste...  


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Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:59 pm

Awesome TR. Love all the pictures! Its funny watching people taking pictures of the plane. You don't typically see that. But it is the A380!
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:03 pm

Great! I was waiting for the first report! Will be on the same route on 15th of August (CDG-LHR-CDG). Seemed to be a joyful flight! I

Nice to see that crew was nice too. I personally like AF. Didn't flew them that often and I do admit it's sometimes a little difficult if you don't speak French (but since my father is French no problem for me) but ever had nice experiences with them and was taken good care of by AF staff when I stranded for 24 hours in CDG in February on my way from JFK to FRA due to Xynthia... I already flew the A380 back then, unfortunately on a night flight and didn't had the chance to enjoy the A380 that much, therefore I'm looking forward to my next flight in August.

By the way, guess were I was seated back then on my flight from JFK to CDG (and take a look at the sequence number *g*) ?

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Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:13 pm

Hi Philip,

Well done on being the first to get your TR online! What an amazing experience! Can't wait til it's my turn in July.

Happy flying
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:14 pm

Wow, what an aircraft    Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

I still have to wait a couple of weeks for my flight with her..
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:21 pm

Fantastic TR.

Cant wait to fly her tomorrow AND Monday LHR CDG LHR
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:42 pm

Hi oa260. Were just some hours after this first in a series of remarkable flights, and already a trip report is online. Well done.

Everything looks so nice, great pics too. It's nice to see a decent catering onboard this short flight.
 
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:51 pm

Thanks for being the 1st to share your experience. And the new Skyteam lounge at T4 looks really great
 
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:58 pm

Great TR.

You were really quick posting this TR.

Would love to fly on the A380 on such a short flight. Unfortunately I will not have the opportunity to fly it this summer but hopefully in the near future.


Thank you for sharing

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Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:59 pm

Hi Philip,

Congratulations on you being the first one to post the trip report on board of this special flights. I have had a great read from the start until the end.

LHR T4 looks much better than when I was transiting in 2007. Nice insight review of the Skyteam lounge.

What a nice gesture of AF to allow people to visit the F cabin afterwards.

Thanks for sharing this flight experience I can now only dream of. By the way, did you get a chance to meet other fellow A.netters?

Cheers,
Suryo



[Edited 2010-06-12 10:07:18]
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:04 pm

Hi Philip,

Congrats on your first A380 flt.

and also getting it on-line so quickly!

The pix bring me back to my flight on a sister ship last year, sure looking forward to another flight on her next month.

Good so see AF allowing pix of F class etc, though the F class is pretty weak IMO, I'd certainly not fork out for that.

Cheers

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Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:26 pm

Hi Philip,

Nice report and congratulations being the first one to publish a report on this leg. I'm sure many will follow the coming days, weeks and months.

I can't wait until July 24 when it's my turn to get on this great airplane!

Adios,

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Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:35 pm

Thanks for a wonderful preview and I have already booked that A380 flight for July.
It is also my first "Air France flight"

I personally think this flight is a great PR opportunity for AF to showcase this wonderful aircraft!

Can't wait for my turn soon!

Carfield

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Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:51 pm

Philip,

Fantastic!!!!,well done on that great piece of work,            

I really enjoyed reading it,excellent photos(as usual might i add),and having read all of that i am looking forward to my little trip in August.
Thanks again,
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:08 pm

Excellent report, with great photos! Kudos for getting the first trip report online so fast.

This has got me very excited for my own flights in a little over a month! 

Thanks again.
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:31 pm

A380 is surely a Beauty.
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:34 pm

Wow Philip, fantastic work getting the report up so fast!!!
Unfortunately it never occurred to me when booking to try to get on one of the first. not going til August, but I'm sooo looking fwd to it now!   
I love the mood lighting. And I cannot wait to experience the view of take-off/landing thru the tail-cam.
Brilliant set of pics as always
 
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:35 pm

Hi, Phil,

what a nice read and great pictures.
Also the LHR T4 lounge looks impressive.

So, I ´am looking much more forward to my ride in early July, hopefully no further changes.

Greetings,
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:48 pm

Thanks for posting your TR... I was on the flight today and am definitely impressed with the A380! That lower deck is massive...seats going on and on and on. My main disappointment was AF's apparent switch to Pepsi; is this recent? I thought it was Coke products when I last flew AF in March.

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Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:45 pm

Excellent report on the A380 Phil, seriously thinking about doing it now!!!
 
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:50 pm

Great tripreport!

Can't wait until next Saturday when it's my turn to fly the beast...
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Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:55 pm

Wow! Phillip you are quick 

I did not know you were on it as well.

I agree, it was such a nice experience (albeit short) but it was worthwhile, I will post my TR soon.

I was sitting in 87L on CDG-LHR and 11A LHR-CDG, in my opinion I prefer the little economy section in the back, it is more comfortable, lower deck feels a bit cramped.

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Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:19 pm

Hi Phil

Nice insight into the AF short haul A380. Glad you enjoyed the experience.

I got a picture of you departing LHR today. Need to book myself on to this ASAP!

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Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:20 pm

Hey Philip,

Excellent report as always, thank you.

Flying an A380 for such a short flight is getting the best of both worlds! Fantastic!

It reminded me a story of a friend of mien who flew TLV-LCA with El Al B747 back in 2002.

How long does it take to complete the boarding process on the A380?

Thx,

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Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:35 pm

So cool...thank you for sharing! Wonderful report. I do not see how the crew even had time to serve drinks? In the USA, they would sit down "due to turbulence" for the short sector. I will be flying C Class on DL in and out of LHR T4 in two weeks and cannot wait to visit the new lounge which I remember as the Terraces and Concorde Lounge when BA created it back in the day! Are you lucky to catch the 380 on the way back to LHR?

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Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:53 am

Ia Orana !

Thanks for the report ! Glad you have enjoyed our A388 even if on a short route...

I looked at the loads and Voyageur is oversold by a up to a 40 odd each time... Business is also doing good

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Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:15 am

You beat us all AF380 flyers who were on board!!!

Congratulations for being First to Post a AF1980/AF1981 Memorable Flights Trip Report.
It is great to see your pictures.

I have got tons of them in my camera. Aside from watching the Montreal Grand Prix I guess I will spend my day sorting out my pictures and doing my trip report of these two superb flights.

Air France now has the record for the cheapest and shortest A380 flights.
This one will be difficult to beat.

        
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:16 pm

Nice pics and report. Shame I couldn't get over for this one but flights from/to the U.S. were oh so full.

Is that Nighthawk by himself at the bar again?   

Thanks for highlighting the CO flights!!! Oh, wait a minute.......   

I'm glad you got the "happy" mix. It would have been kind of frightening if you got the "suicidal depression" mix!!!      

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
Take off was amazing and so quiet .

Let's see, LHR to CDG, I wonder how far below gross takeoff weight this thing was? Willing to bet they used substantially less than full power on takeoff.

Quoting oa260 (Thread starter):
We landed quite smoothly a few bumps then the mood lighting was switched on.

Considering these are supposedly "crew training" missions, it could have been a lot harder. Again, being well below maximum landing weight probably helped.

Nice first class section, was there anyone sitting there? If so I wonder what those tickets were going for?

Glad you had a good time and it's nice to be first wish I could have been there!
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:44 pm

Quoting dxing (Reply 29):
Nice first class section, was there anyone sitting there?

The First Class seats are not sold.

The version sold is 80C/449Y.
 
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:45 pm

Hi

I have got to fly a LHR-CDG sector in August to connect with a trip from Malawi. I have not been given my flight details from Malawi to London yet but I hope that I can book this AF A380 service to connect. I might even spend an extra £100 to go business. I mean I am never going to get to fly an A380 in business for a £179 again.

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Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:06 pm

Hi everyone thanks so much for the overwhelming replies so far I really do appreciate all your comments, I will post more of a personal reply later but I'm still travelling and havnt really had the chance to get online yet until now.

Currently attending a demo of iPhoto at the Apple store in London, and using the free Wifi   if your ever stuck for free net access the Apple store in Regent Street is cool.
 
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:55 pm

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 30):

The First Class seats are not sold.

The version sold is 80C/449Y.

So they block the F section?
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:44 pm

Quoting dxing (Reply 29):
Considering these are supposedly "crew training" missions, it could have been a lot harder. Again, being well below maximum landing weight probably helped.

I visited the cockpit after the flight and asked the female pilot if it was her first flight, she said no, she had been flying it since november. The other pilot didnt answer.

Quoting dxing (Reply 29):
Is that Nighthawk by himself at the bar again?

I dont think it is, I was looking for myself though. I was a few rows infront of oa260, and was also in the lounge. I cant see myself in any of the photos though  

I have a few videos of the flight, i'll upload them later.
 
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:02 pm

Phillip,

Thanks again for sharing -- I hope you enjoyed the Apple Store in London...ALWAYS a busy place!

Also, I've posted some of the pics I took from this trip - http://s218.photobucket.com/albums/c...15/whitrh01/TR%20A380%20LHR%20CDG/ although these are not nearly as comprehensive as Phillp's photos!  

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Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:16 pm

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 34):

I visited the cockpit after the flight and asked the female pilot if it was her first flight, she said no, she had been flying it since november. The other pilot didnt answer.

Interesting. I flew the A380 from JFK to CDG back in February and we had a female captain as well. Could be the same one, I guess there are not that much A380 female captains out there...
 
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:57 pm

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 34):
I visited the cockpit after the flight and asked the female pilot if it was her first flight, she said no, she had been flying it since november. The other pilot didnt answer.

Then most likely it was his.
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:06 pm

Quoting reifel (Reply 36):
Interesting. I flew the A380 from JFK to CDG back in February and we had a female captain as well. Could be the same one, I guess there are not that much A380 female captains out there...

Hello, no.. she is not a captain. Her name is Mrs Patricia Haffner and she is a Senior First Officer.
I had a talk with her. She is a really nice woman by the way.
The other lady you mention who does the flights to NYC is indeed a captain, I have forgotten her name.
She was on the inaugural flight to NYC with the two other Mr Captains among them the AF A380 chief pilot (the boss).
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:51 pm

Hi Phil,
Great trip report, I to have booked on the A380 in a couple of weeks time in business, however I haven't been able to select a seat. You mention that you bagged seats upstairs at the time of booking but I have not been able to this even after speaking to Air France reservations.

Any tips?
 
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:41 pm

Quoting jfazzer (Reply 39):
I to have booked on the A380 in a couple of weeks time in business, however I haven't been able to select a seat. You mention that you bagged seats upstairs at the time of booking but I have not been able to this even after speaking to Air France reservations.



I am travelling in August and have the same problem,was advised to go for online check in.
 
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:59 pm

Quoting Nibog (Reply 40):
Quoting jfazzer (Reply 39):
I to have booked on the A380 in a couple of weeks time in business, however I haven't been able to select a seat. You mention that you bagged seats upstairs at the time of booking but I have not been able to this even after speaking to Air France reservations.



I am travelling in August and have the same problem,was advised to go for online check in.

I am in Y in July and was able to select and switch seats until two weeks ago. AF seems to have removed the possibility to select/change your seat from the 'manage my booking' section.

Adios,

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Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:06 pm

Quoting ChrisCruise (Reply 41):
AF seems to have removed the possibility to select/change your seat from the 'manage my booking' section.



Yea I noticed that Chris, I tried to select my seats there also,but to no avail,I wonder why would they do that?
 
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Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:24 pm

Quoting 767747 (Reply 1):
What a great report! How great to fly on the A380 on such a short flight!

Thanks yes it was a real short flight but we actually got just under 2 hours onboard due to boarding so early and photos after we landed.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Too quiet for my taste...

I have to say I like that about it , I guess everyone is different but its ideal for me lol...

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 3):
ove all the pictures! Its funny watching people taking pictures of the plane. You don't typically see that. But it is the A380!

Yeah there were cameras everywhere and the crew were great they encouraged people to take photos. Also giving out certificates as we got off.

Quoting reifel (Reply 4):
By the way, guess were I was seated back then on my flight from JFK to CDG (and take a look at the sequence number *g*) ?

No way thats cool, its my fav seat , I much prefer Uppder Deck to Lower.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 5):
Can't wait til it's my turn in July.

You will have a great experience.  
Quoting AYA333 (Reply 6):
I still have to wait a couple of weeks for my flight with her..

I bet you cant wait I look forward to your comments on it .

Quoting LHR380 (Reply 7):
Cant wait to fly her tomorrow AND Monday LHR CDG LHR

Did you have a good trip?

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 8):
It's nice to see a decent catering onboard this short flight.

Yes I dont know how they did it , was a race against time.

Quoting goldorak (Reply 9):
And the new Skyteam lounge at T4 looks really great

I loved this lounge and the food was great in it. Staff were lovely also.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 10):
Unfortunately I will not have the opportunity to fly it this summer but hopefully in the near future.

Sorry to hear that I hope you get the chance soon.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 11):
, did you get a chance to meet other fellow A.netters?

Not really I recognised a few that I saw in the distance there were too many people to be honest to see who was who , I think I spotted MYT332 though and think I may have seen MIAspotter and Madame Concorde but as I said in the distance.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
Congrats on your first A380 flt.

Thanks Mark it was amazing.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 12):
Good so see AF allowing pix of F class etc, though the F class is pretty weak IMO, I'd certainly not fork out for that

Yes but I actually think its the best F class on all the A380's I love it  
Quoting ChrisCruise (Reply 13):
I'm sure many will follow the coming days, weeks and months.

Yes Im sure there are many taking this unique chance.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 14):
I personally think this flight is a great PR opportunity for AF to showcase this wonderful aircraft!

Air France have really taken a golden opportunity and its been a real success for them also upon landing they announced that you can travel to JNB JFK and soon NRT on it . Great advertising.

Quoting Nibog (Reply 15):
Fantastic!!!!,well done on that great piece of work,            

Thanks  
 
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RE: Air France A380 Heathrow To Paris/SkyTeam Lounge

Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:25 pm

Hi Philip,

thanks for this great report. Would´ve been nice to enjoy the pleasures in the Skyteam lounge. Looking good, isn´t it?!
Good photos covering this interesting AF 380 flight. Can't wait myself... just over 4 weeks to go and it's my turn also. Would be interesting to see how many different reports come online here...

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RE: Air France A380 Heathrow To Paris/SkyTeam Lounge

Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:42 pm

You can't beat the fantastic photos. Its funny when I read the sign about the Oxygen Bar being closed. The typo regarding the spelling of Skyteam. Its SkyTeam people.
 
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RE: Air France A380 Heathrow To Paris/SkyTeam Lounge

Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:48 pm

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Reply 16):
This has got me very excited for my own flights in a little over a month!

Hi great you will have a really nice time, its a real buzz.

Quoting dsinghdahiya257 (Reply 17):
A380 is surely a Beauty.

Indeed Im in love with it even more now  
Quoting auntie (Reply 18):
Unfortunately it never occurred to me when booking to try to get on one of the first.

Well for me it was now for never as July and August is crazy busy for me. Anything that I slot in will be very last minute.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):
So, I ´am looking much more forward to my ride in early July, hopefully no further changes.

Hi Markus shame we couldnt all go together with all our gang   Maybe sometime in future.

Quoting LAXorLGWonDL (Reply 20):
I was on the flight today and am definitely impressed with the A380! That lower deck is massive...seats going on and on and on. My main disappointment was AF's apparent switch to Pepsi; is this recent? I thought it was Coke products when I last flew AF in March.

Hi I drink Coke and Pepsi doesnt matter to me lol.. I noticed there is a new Pepsi logo though  
Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 21):
seriously thinking about doing it now!!!

You should go its once in a lifetime chance.

Quoting flyingfool (Reply 22):
Can't wait until next Saturday when it's my turn to fly the beast...

Have fun let us know how you get on and your comments.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 23):
Wow! Phillip you are quick 

I did not know you were on it as well.

Hi as I said before I thought I saw you and Madame Concorde from a distance , you know yourself the gate area was very busy , do you wear glasses?

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 24):
I got a picture of you departing LHR today. Need to book myself on to this ASAP!

Great feel free to post here id love to see it .

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 25):
How long does it take to complete the boarding process on the A380?

Hi Jonathon , it took quite a while but it was longer than a usual as everyone was zipping around the different cabins taking pics and exploring .

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 26):
Are you lucky to catch the 380 on the way back to LHR?

Yes I flew back this morning and had a great flight also. I sat on the lower deck 27A, I prefer the Upper Deck though.

Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Reply 27):
Thanks for the report ! Glad you have enjoyed our A388 even if on a short route...

Thanks , your collegues were great   Id certainly try AF to JFK on the A380 after this experience.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 28):
Congratulations for being First to Post a AF1980/AF1981 Memorable Flights Trip Report.
It is great to see your pictures.

Hi MadameConcorde , glad you had a good time also it was indeed a great trip.

Quoting dxing (Reply 29):
Is that Nighthawk by himself at the bar again?

LOL...

Quoting dxing (Reply 29):
Let's see, LHR to CDG, I wonder how far below gross takeoff weight this thing was? Willing to bet they used substantially less than full power on takeoff.

Well Im not the tech Geek others can advise , we seemed to enter the runway midway down and then take off very quickly.

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 30):
The First Class seats are not sold.

Thanks  
Quoting richcandy (Reply 31):
I mean I am never going to get to fly an A380 in business for a £179 again.

Very true .

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 34):
I have a few videos of the flight, i'll upload them later.

Would love to see them, shame we didnt get to all say hi . Maybe I passed you in the lounge.

Quoting LAXorLGWonDL (Reply 35):
I hope you enjoyed the Apple Store in London...ALWAYS a busy place!

Yeah always love the visits there. A fellow Anetter was with me , Im trying to convert him to the iPad  
Quoting jfazzer (Reply 39):
Hi Phil,
Great trip report, I to have booked on the A380 in a couple of weeks time in business, however I haven't been able to select a seat. You mention that you bagged seats upstairs at the time of booking but I have not been able to this even after speaking to Air France reservations.

Any tips?

Hi I dont know why they have closed this seat map, keep checking or calling reservations , its seems a bit weird.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 44):
thanks for this great report. Would´ve been nice to enjoy the pleasures in the Skyteam lounge. Looking good, isn´t it?!

Hi Eric , thanks it was a nice experience and my first time in a Skyteam lounge in recent years. As for the A380 you will have a great time  


Finally I have to say I love the AF boarding and landing music  
 
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RE: Air France A380 Heathrow To Paris/SkyTeam Lounge

Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:47 am

Quoting oa260 (Reply 46):
Great feel free to post here id love to see it .

Certainly will when I've got them off my camera.
 
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RE: Air France A380 Heathrow To Paris/SkyTeam Lounge

Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:12 am

Quoting oa260 (Reply 46):
Hi as I said before I thought I saw you and Madame Concorde from a distance , you know yourself the gate area was very busy , do you wear glasses?

I know, it was very difficult to spot any a.nutters specially if you have never met them. but next time maybe, and yes I do wear glasses!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 46):
Finally I have to say I love the AF boarding and landing music

Really? I found it to be a bit "meh" I mean it's cool but it gets a bit depressing after a while.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 46):
Thanks , your collegues were great Id certainly try AF to JFK on the A380 after this experience.

Me too! that's what I said to one of the cabin crew, now I needs lotsa money for that hehe.

My TR should be up shortly (maybe 1 or 2 days)

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RE: Air France A380 Heathrow To Paris/SkyTeam Lounge

Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:06 am

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 47):
Certainly will when I've got them off my camera.

Great cant wait to see it .

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 48):
but next time maybe, and yes I do wear glasses!

Ok cool , knowing my luck Id go upto someone and say are you off Anet and they would not know what I was talking about lol...

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 48):
I found it to be a bit "meh" I mean it's cool but it gets a bit depressing after a while.

Gareth doesnt like it at all but I love it  
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 48):
Me too! that's what I said to one of the cabin crew, now I needs lotsa money for that hehe.

My TR should be up shortly (maybe 1 or 2 days)

Yes the crew were very chatty , when I first boarded I went downstairs and had a short conversation with the crew .

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