I was lucky enough to be on the first ever AF A380 CDG-LHR flight last Saturday and i was not planning to make a trip report, so i did not take that many pictures, but since i was flying Business Class and there hasn't been any TR from this class yet, i thought some of you might be interested to see how it was like.
First of all, "Business Class" is not the right term, since AF's "Business Class" for short-haul flights is called "Premium Affaires". Even if you are on the world's biggest commercial airliner, sitting in a very comfortable "Business Class" seat, it is perfectly understandable that, on the 40 min. flight between CDG and LHR, you are not gonna get the same standard of service you would get on a long-haul flight Business Class.
So here starts my report: I live in Switzerland so i had to wake up at 5am to board the 7.30 am flight from GVA to CDG.
At CDG, thanks to my "Premium Affaires" ticket to LHR, i had access to the Skyteam lounge, or Salon Air France, where i had a good espresso with a French croissant and read the latest newspapers of the day.
At 09.20am, which was the boarding time mentioned on my boarding pass, i showed up to gate 6B, where, "Premium Affaires" passengers had a dedicated line, with a direct access to the upper deck, which allowed us to be whisked on board in no time. The other line was for the Classe Voyageur, or Economy.
My seat was number was 60L, at the very first row of the upper deck. I would advise anyone travelling in Business Class to book either 60A, 60L, 65A or 65L, as these are window seats with more legroom, which allows you to wander around the cabin as much as you want without disturbing your neighbour. Interestingly enough, when i booked the flight, this seat was not available, but i was able to change my seat online, using the internet link that AF sent me per e-mail the day before the flight
I was pretty impressed by the powerful take-off. It seems to me that it only took a few seconds to rotate. This is probably due to the fact that, for this very short flight, the aircraft was probably much lighter than it is for an intercontinental flight.
In no time, we were already racing toward the English Channel
We were served a standard short-haul "Premium Affaires" meal:
On the way back, we had a bigger meal on a nice Philippe Starck tray, which we barely had time to finish before it was time to prepare the cabin for landing.
While flying over the English Channel, i had an emotional thought for Louis Blériot, who was the first person to ever fly across the Channel, 100 years ago. It is amazing to think how far aviation has come in such a short time!
A few minutes before landing, we flew over Central London and i managed to take a picture of the world famous London Eye through the clouds:
After landing, it was really funny to see all the ground staff taking pictures:
To sum up i would say these flights were worth every penny. i had been longing to fly the A380 for the last 15 years and i was really thrilled!