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Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:29 am

Bonjour fellow a.netters and welcome to my last report for this summer. This report will cover my most recent weekend trip to Paris on Air France in Economy Class. As always the report will be accompanied with a lagom amount of pictures that I’ve shot through my newly acquired wide-angle lens.


Background


Paris is a city I’ve been not very keen to visit again. My first visit was back in 2008 during an 8 hour layover at CDG, when I decided to catch the overpriced AF shuttle into town. The visit turned out to be quite a fiasco since I ended up getting lost while attempting to walk all the way to La Defense, my suitcase broke down and fling opened in the middle of the street (resulting in some pretty dirty laundry), and I got kicked out from a perfume store. The worst part was of course the fact that I missed out on all the main attractions, apart from the arc de triumph of course.

Since that fateful day Paris to me have been more like an overpriced, overrated touristic theme park, rather then a city and I was not keen on setting my foot there again... Until recently...

Booking

At the beginning of this summer, I received an email from Air France stating their early bird special campaign for European destinations. Flights were to be booked by june 20th, and the travel period started at August 22nd. The fares looked quite reasonable, until the non-stop service to CDG caught my attention. €75 for a return trip ARN-CDG on August 22nd to 25th, with the outbound flight leaving in the morning, and the return coming back in the late evening. An offer I simply couldn’t refuse, mostly since flights to CDG often start at twice that price.

Since this was a weekend trip, I was not in the mood for spending 4 nights in Paris alone (and not to speak of the hotel costs), so I began my search for a suitable travel companion. Luckily my best friend Farid was the perfect man for the job, he was more then excited to come along since Paris was on the top of his list for cities to visit.
So now came the challenge to find a suitable hotel in the city. Paris haven’t been known for cheap hotels, but luckily I managed to find us a nice three star hotel in La Republique for the insanely low rate of €110 per room for three nights, and on top of that I had a 10% student discount on hotels.com.

All this took place in less than half an hour, and after some smooth typing on the AF website and hotels.com, my VISA card was charged and confirmations issued. Total cost per person for this 3 night weekend was €129,40 now that’s what you’d call a killer deal!

August 22nd 2011


So it was time to leave for Paris. Since our flight was leaving ARN at the ungodly hour of 6.50am, I had to spend the night over at Farid’s place in order to catch the 3.55 Swebus Airport shuttle to ARN. With a price of €14 for a 90 minute ride, I wouldn’t call it cheap but it’s at least the most reliable mean of transport for getting to ARN from Västerås. Forget SJ (unless you’re flying SAS) since you’re most likely to get stuck in a delay next to some whining old b**ch, and miss your flight.

Anyways, I woke up around 2.30am after some three hours of sleep, mostly obstructed by the usual pre-flight excitement. This was followed by a quick shower and some breakfast, before catching a ride with Farid’s mum to the bus station at 3.25am. We arrived at the bus station around 10 minutes later, only to find that our bus had already arrived.
Since we had booked our tickets online the night before, we only had to present our booking numbers for the driver to type in. The driver however was just as tired as we were, so he didn’t bother typing our numbers. Instead he just had a look at it, and let us board the bus. In other words we were allowed to travel for free this time, since Swebus Airport tickets are valid for three months after purchase. Not so bad after all

At the airport

The 90 minute bus ride was smooth, and at 5.25am we arrived at Arlanda Terminal 5 bang on time! Since we were only traveling with hand luggage this time and having done OLCI the day before, we decided to head straight for the Air France self-service machines to print out our BP’s.


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View of the departures hall at ARN T5.

Soon we arrived at the crowded AF-KLM check in area, and I went off to one of the machines to type in our e-ticket numbers. Sadly however the machine refused to print out our boarding passes despite several attempts. So in the end, we had to queue up behind the Economy Class counter like everyone else’ish. The line was very crowded and moved slow, but for a slight consolation the Premium line didn’t seem to move at all.

After 15 minutes of queueing it was finally our turn to check in. We handed over our passports to the friendly agent, and received our BP’s printed on proper paperstock. After our check-in formalities were done, we headed straight for security which wasn’t much of a breeze, but we were able to get through in less than 5 minutes.


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The packed check-in area.

Flight: AF1463
Departure: 6.50
Arrival: 9.30
Duration: 2h 40m
Date: August 22nd 2011
Seat & Class: 8A Economy Class
Aircraft & Reg: Airbus A320-211 F-GFKY

Due to the delayed check-in procedures we only had 20 minutes to kill before our flight was to board, which of course meant some strolling around the tax-free shops at ARN. To be honest I really don’t like this part of ARN with the florescent lightning and the low ceiling. With not much to see around the shops, we headed back to our gate.


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Various tax-free shops at ARN T5 airside.

We arrived at our gate around 5 minutes prior to boarding, and with the place looking quite full we would expect a healthy load on this morning flight. Soon boarding was called and families with children were allowed to board first, then Skyteam Elites and finally the rest of us Y pax. As usual Farid and I decided to wait until most pax had boarded.


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View of the gate area (I don’t like using the euphemism ”boarding lounge” since it’s not really a lounge, lol).

Soon came our time to board the plane as the last group of passengers. Our boarding passes were handed over to the friendly gate agent, who turned out to be the same woman who did our check-in, something Farid found very interesting. I didn’t bother telling him that this is a common practice after all.


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Walking down the jetway.


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Entering the aircraft.

As we walked down the crowded jetway, I could see the lead purser of the flight greeting passengers at the door in a very friendly manner. Of all the times I’ve flown Air France I’ve never encountered crew being so friendly. A nice first impression I thought, until it was time for me to board. I was expecting a smile and ”good morning” from the male purser, but instead the moment I entered the aircraft he instantly turned his head away, and began picking his thumbnail.

I was quite stunned by this silly and unprofessional behaviour. Could it have been the camera hanging around my neck, or did the man simply not like me? That is a question still unanswered, nevertheless to say I’m pretty used to this kind of behaviour, so without bothering much about it I continued to my seat.


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Cabin during boarding.

Soon we settled in to our seats A&B in row 8, the first row behind the curtain. The cabin on this old A320 was fitted with the old-style Y seats, they’ve been around since the 90’s. In terms of comfort however I much prefer these over the newer ones with the flexible headrests.

Load factor on this flight was close to 100% in both classes, I didn’t notice a single empty seat in Economy Class and Business was pretty full too. Legroom was estimated at 34 inches which was more then enough for me. I don’t really care much for legroom despite being 6ft tall.


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Great legroom!


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A very rainy ARN this morning.

Soon boarding was completed, and the captain came over the PA welcoming everyone onboard. Flight time today was estimated at two hours and thirty minutes, there would however be a 15 minute delay due to slot restrictions at ARN.

At 7.05am, the aircraft pushed back 15 minutes behind schedule, and the CFM-56 engines spooled to life. Following pushback was a manual safety demonstration conducted by the crew. Announcements were made in english, french and some recorded ones in swedish. Soon the aircraft reached runway 01L/19R, and made a slow and heavy takeoff.


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Leaving a rainy Arlanda for some nicer weather down in Paris.

The heavy takeoff was followed by an equally heavy and slow climbout over the suburban Stockholm. I’m pretty sure the reason for this slow clim was for fuel saving measurements. I don’t however see a point of flying through rainclouds for such long time since the amount of fuel saved on the slow climb was most likely to have been wasted on the wing anti-icing systems.


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Climbing out.

After some 45 minutes in the air, the captain came over the PA informing us that we have reached our cruising altitude of 39 000 feet. Meanwhile, the crew rolled out the trolleys and sprung into action (or ”Soon the friendly crew start the show”, as our dear friend from Finland once put it).

It has been three years since I last flew Air France i.e before the rebranding of the products, and the swoosh logo. So I was more then curious to find out whether they still offered the same proper service in Y on flights longer then 2h 30m, or if it too had been cannibalised. The e-ticket did after all state ”breakfast” as the meal offered on this flight, so naturally I was expecting the DIY breakfast tray of the olden days. This soon turned our not to be the case, when the cute blonde F/A serving our section came around with the ”trays”.

Breakfast Menu

Blueberry yoghurt

Croissant & Chocolate Muffin

A selection of coffee or tea, along with jus d’orange


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The ”french breakfast” offered on this flight.

The breakfast was by no means what you’d call substantial, in fact it was barely even a breakfast at all. The croissant and chocolate muffin were pretty small and dry, but with the Nescafé provided it was possible to wash them down. The blueberry yoghurt tasted pretty fine though, with some nice pieces of blueberry it became the ”main event” of this meal. Jus d’orange was nothing special either, although the taste was pretty mild and not sour which I like, especially in the mornings.

According to Farid’s observation, the passengers in Business Class received a full hot breakfast, crème brulé and a kanelbulle.

All in all the breakfast was a huge letdown as it wasn’t good nor filling. Neither did they offer any additional croissants, only Nescafé and jus d’orange were offered which I gladly accepted. Then again, I shouldn’t complain too much since the flight only cost me €37,50 and the fact that SAS would’ve either served you a nice bowl of cabin air, or ripped you off another €10 on some overpriced breakfast baggie.

Feeling not so stuffed, I decided to head for my usual walk down the cabin and make a visit to the lav.


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Cabin view in-flight.

There was quite a long queue to the lavatory, so I decided to skip it after a while. To make things worse I had a very ”Larry David” like experience when a man from Business Cut everyone in line to get to the rear lav first. It’s just silly how some simpletons think of themselves as the owner of the plane just because they’re in the premium cabin...

Since I was feeling pretty tired this morning, I decided to go for the same treatment as our friend Eric did on his recent flight to OSL, i.e large consumption of caffeine beverage. So I shoved my way down to the rear galley to request another cup of Nescafé. As I arrived, the crew were all gathered around on the jumpseats, savouring the leftover Business Class breakfasts.

When I brought up my request for another cup of coffee to the senior female F/A, she gave me a strict and serious ”Non!” before looking at me angrily for five seconds. I on the other hand stood there all stunned by this, until the entire crew burst out in big ”french” laughter telling me it was just a joke. My face was turned red like a tomato, but I could do nothing more than to laugh about it as well. Meanwhile my coffee was prepared and promptly handed over to me, I thanked the crew and headed back to my seat. What a funny lot of people!


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Cruising altitude midway through the flight.

I spent the remainder of the flight playing around on Farid’s  iPhone, while he was asleep. Soon afterwards the aircraft began its descent to Paris Charles Du Gaulle Airport. What I found interesting was how steep the descent was, I suspect this too is a cost cutting measurement as no engine power was required.


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Quite steep descent to CDG.

The descent was followed by a rough landing at CDG.


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Touchdown.


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Taxiing by some heavies at 2E.

Our landing was followed by a 10 minute taxi to our gate at Terminal 2F. Since I was seated on the left-hand side, I didn’t get any good views for spotting. Not very nice since I always enjoy watching the heavies at CDG. Soon we arrived to our gate, and as usual Farid and I waited to disembark as the last. On my way out, I thanked the crew for the flight and asked for a quick peak in the cockpit which was granted.


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Cockpit view of this A320.

As we made our way up the jetway, we were directed towards an exit leading out to a bus waiting for us to take us to the Schengen part of 2F. The bus was quite packed, but luckily the ride was only two minutes long. Upon arrival we made our way up the escalators and out through the baggage reclaims hall.


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View of the baggage hall at CDG.

By now we really felt like it was 4pm in the afternoon, even though it was only 9.50am. In other words we were experiencing a jetlag despite having just traveled for little less then 3 hours in the same timezone. Suppose turning your day rhythm can have that effect.

Since it was five hours until we would be able to check in at our hotel, we decided to take the RER train into town. The ticket was rather overpriced at €9.10, if I would’ve known it cost that much I’d rather have taken the Air France Coaches for €11 since they offer better value for the money, and besides it’s much ”fancier” to travel on an airline branded transfer service rather then some dull subway train.

At 10.45 we arrived in central Paris. Since I wasn’t sure on where to go, we got off the train at Chatlèt since it was said to be closest to our hotel. After some hours shopping, eating and sightseeing it was now time to head for our hotel. Finding the hotel didn’t turn out to be the easiest thing. It took us nearly three hours to find the darn place.


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View of our room and bathroom at the 3 star Hotel Pavilion Republique Les Halles.

The hotel exceeded all our expectations. The standard was surprisingly high for a hotel costing only €15 per person/night, and not only that was the location great. What I didn’t like was the view from the room, as it faced a narrow back alley and not the street. Not a big deal really since we would only spend the nights there.


The Stay


Farid and I spend four fabulous days in the city, with some shopping, sightseeing and clubbing. Here are some pics from our stay:


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The fisheye’s only appearance in this report. Are you happy P?


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The Eiffel Tower viewing point... Packed with tourists.


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Arc De Triomphe


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La Défense


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Le Grande Arche


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Farid taking it chill on the stairs


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A nice promenade, don’t know what it’s called...


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Crossing the street at Champs Elysée.


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A trip to Paris is incomplete without a visit to this place. What else?


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Garden at La Louvre.


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La Louvre exterior. We didn’t bother entering this time... Because then we’ve nothing to do the next time.


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We traveled to Paris, the culinary capital of the world... But all we fed on was Micky Dee’s.


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What’s there not to like about this sign?


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Bir Hakem metro station, near the Eiffel Tower.


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Dedicated to William aka Knightsofmalta, because we enjoy wearing the same kind of shoes!


August 25th 2011


After four wonderful days in Paris, it was sadly time for us to travel back home.

The day did not start well... We woke up around 11.30am with a terrible hangover after a wild night of partying. To make matters worse we only had 30 minutes to vacate the room, unless if we were willing to pay €180 for an extra night. So Farid quickly packed up our stuff while I jumped into the shower. At 11.55am we left the room, and headed downstairs for check-out. Soon our keys were returned, city tax payed and we were ready to hit the streets... Sort of.

First stop was the nearby supermarket where we picked up some smoothies for breakfast. They did however not stay in for long before I had to forcefully offload it at one of the public loos scattered around the streets of Paris. Feeling sick and decadent, we headed over to a nearby McDonald’s where indulged in some hamburgers, in hope for this hangover to cease. After a while we began feeling better, and I insisted in us making a final visit to the Eiffel tower before catching the RER to CDG.

At the airport

At 5pm, we bid goodbye to Paris and the Eiffel tower and headed to the nearby train station to catch our RER to CDG. After a smooth ride, we arrived at CDG around 5.45pm with some 2h 30m to spare before our 8.15pm departure. Since we had already selected automatic check in by the time we booked our ticket, all we had to do was to collect our boarding passes from one of the self-service machines. Our assigned seats for this flight were 10A&B, but I decided to move us to row 11 as it was an exit row.


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View of the Economy Class check-in area at CDG Terminal 2F.

After having printed out our supermarket-style-paperstock boarding passes, we didn’t feel much like spending 2hrs+ in the boredom of T2F’s overpriced cafés and duty free shops. So instead we did like any statusless low-booking class Y pax should do, i.e head for the perfect lounge substitute = Starbucks! For us it was only a 5 minute walk over to Terminal 2D.


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Enjoying some Frappuccinos at Starbucks. Sorry about the slight overexposure.

After some ”lounging” and spotting it was finally time for us to head back to T2F at 7.15pm, 30 minutes prior to boarding. But on our way Terminal 2F disaster strikes! A ”security threat” forces the heavily armed gendarmes to close off the area around the TGV station, making it impossible to get to our terminal. The place was chaos, within a matter of minutes the entire hallway was crowded with people not knowing that the h*ll just happened. No information was given for how long the area would be closed off, so naturally we began worrying about missing our flight. I could really see why a certain venezuelan a.netter hates this airport so much...

Soon the blockade was released, so Farid and I began running towards 2F and the security control. Luckily the security wasn’t crowded at all and we were able to pass within less than two minutes. At 7.35pm we were airside.

Flight: AF1462
Departure: 20.15
Arrival: 22.45
Duration: 2h 30m
Date: August 25th 2011
Seat & Class: 11A Economy Class
Aircraft & Reg: Airbus A320-211 F-GFKY


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Some views of airside at Terminal 2F.


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Air France offering free newspapers to all pax. Sadly no Newsweek for me...

After a quick look on the screens, we found out that our flight wasn’t du to board until another fifteen minutes, so this gave us some extra time to look around in the shops. We ended up flicking through magazines at one of the WHSmith’s or whatever they’re called in CDG, before heading over to our gate F28.


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View of the gate area.

As we arrived, boarding had already been called. What surprised me was the lack of passengers flocking the boarding gate, which I would soon find out to be caused by the low load factor. Passengers were allowed to board at their own leisure, so Farid and I decided to board right away.

When my BP was scanned through the machine a red light illuminated, the gate agent then informed me that I was seated by an exit row and offered to move me to another row.
I jokefully told him that the only way I would move was if it meant an upgrade. This was obviously not the case as I was traveling on a dirt-low booking class on a half empty plane, so I thanked him and caught up with Farid who was already on the plane.


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Walking down the glass jetway.

At the door, I was greeted by a friendly female flight attendant who this time did bother to greet me. The crew for today consisted of one senior male and four younger female flight attendants, most of them quite friendly. This A320 turned out to be the same aircraft that operated my outbound flight, a bummer for most people on this forum! The cabin was fitted with the same old 90’s style seats.


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Cabin during boarding.

As we settled into our seats, the boarding had been completed. Load on this flight was estimated to be 40% in Economy and a healthy 80% in Business. Legroom at the exit row must’ve been at least 36 inches, more then enough for me. A moment later, the female F/A came over to our row and told me that she had seen me take pictures of the cabin. She strictly told me that I under no circumstances should upload that picture on Facebook. I found this quite strange, but I’m guessing she was afraid that any of the crew’s faces ended up on my pics.


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Great legroom at the exit row.


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Neighbouring Alitalia A321

Soon the aircraft pushed back, and the captain came over the PA welcoming everyone onboard. Flight time today would be 20 minutes shorter due to some favourable tailwinds. A bit of a bummer for me as it meant shorter time in the air, and longer time at ARN waiting for the bus home. During our taxi the crew made a manual safety demonstration. This was followed by a long taxi and a powerful takeoff from a runway which I don’t know the designation of, it was located near T1 though.


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Taxiing by some company A320’s


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Takeoff.


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Au revoir Paris!

Following takeoff was the same slow climb as experienced on the outbound flight, during which the man occupying the aisle seat decided to move to one of the empty rows. This meant that Farid could move to the aisle seat, and the middle would remain free. Since the middle seat has a drinks table that folds out from the backrest, I decided to fold it out and move out the armrests giving us an additional 2 inches of seat width. In other words we were able to enjoy Business Class comfort when traveling in Y.

Sadly our luck was short lived as one of the passing by flight attendants noticed the middle seat table was down. She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest. I know the airline industry is all about product differentiation but in this case it just goes to ridiculous extent. What’s the problem with letting the passenger do minor modifications to an existing product he’ve purchased. I know you’ll all say that ”If you want more space you’ve to pay for it”.

Then again that raises the question whether it should be okay to let people stretch out on 4-seater rows on empty long haul flights? If you want to sleep comfortably on a flight purchase a ticket in C class, no matter how empty the flight may be. So in that sentence I would advice Air France and all the other airlines in the industry to make all armrests immovable on long haul planes, and to hang padlocks on the middle-seat cocktail tables when the seats are used for Economy Class.


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Reaching cruising altitude.

Anyways as I was getting upset about that, the crew had commenced the meal service. My expectations were kept low this time as the word ”meal” stated on the e-ticket must most likely be an euphemism for biscuit. To add some ”premium” touch to this all, the crew were conducting a trolley-less service this time, thanks to the light load.

Dinner Menu

Light dish: Coleslaw with sliced chicken breast & zucchini

Dessert: Raspberry créme brulée

Pain pistolet & Président brie cheese

A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Coffee or tea


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Light meal offered on this flight.

Even though the days of three course cold meals in Economy Class, with salmon paté, tiger prawns and Sacher chocolate cake are over I was pretty satisfied with what was on offer for this flight. First of all quality and quantity wise this meal is still of higher standard in terms of quality and quantity then what’s being served in those paper boxes for SAS Economy Extra. And bare with me, I didn’t pay €600 for the flight...

Everything tasted absolutely great, especially the créme brulée. I must admit that Air France are still on the forefront when it comes to airline desserts.


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Farid for once enjoying the flight...

I was feeling rather stuffed after the meal, but I was still in the mood for some coffee so I hit the call button and a cup of Nescafé was promptly delivered to my seat. The remainder of the flight was spent chatting, and reading the Air France Magazine. I also took my usual walk down the cabin for a small inspection of the lavatory.


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Cabin view.


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View of the uninteresting lavatory.

The lav was not much to say about other than the blue colour on the toilet seats gave impressions of the aircraft might have had KLM as its previous owner.


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Enjoying the sunset.

As I returned to my seat, we had already began our descent to ARN which turned out to be very steep. In fact it was even steeper than the one we had on the outbound flight. This rapid descent caused the windows to fog making it impossible to get any views of the landing. Landing was smooth at runway 08/26, followed by a hard break and a quick taxi to our gate at Terminal 5.

Farid and I decided to leave the plane right away, so we quickly disembarked and were out in the arrivals hall within 10 minutes. We spent some time at McDonald’s in SkyCity before catching the 11.30pm bus to Västerås.

Conclusions

This was my first AF flight in three years, and I must say that despite all the cut downs they have still managed to keep the service levels at a high level, i.e more superior then most other EU majors including Lufthansa (of course it also depends on the duration of the flights). I would however have preferred AF to serve something more substantial on the morning flights. The crews were nice and friendly as always, with some slight exceptions.
All in all I’m still satisfied with the company, and I wouldn’t mind flying them again.

That’ll mark the end of this report. Thank you very much for reading, and feel free to comment!

//Jonas
SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
 
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:48 am

very nice report of Paris, one of the nicest citys in the world.
the AF service looks really good. What is the mininum flying time to get this service?

Last time that I travelled within Europe AF eco MUC-CDG the service was only a drink.

thank you!
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:21 am

Hi Jonas,

thanks for a great report, and a reminder of one of my favourite cities of all time, bringing back memories of when I spent a year living there!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
€110 per room for three nights

A bargain for Paris!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
In other words we were allowed to travel for free this time, since Swebus Airport tickets are valid for three months after purchase

UK train tickets (except the advance purchase ones) are the same - if the conductor does not stamp them with the date, they remain valid - provided you don't use them to pass through a ticket barrier, as exists at some main stations.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
the moment I entered the aircraft he instantly turned his head away, and began picking his thumbnail.

Shameful, maybe he "assumed" the other passengers were business class and you economy.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The ”french breakfast” offered on this flight.

My last AF breakfast time flight the service was a single tiny croissant and hot drink - though it was CDG-LHR! Not much time to eat then.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Air France Coaches for €11 since they offer better value for the money

I always prefer the train to a bus / coach, you get more legroom   And in this case, more choice on where to get off in the city.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
It took us nearly three hours to find the darn place

Try using the GPS feature of your phone - I find it works a treat!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

The fisheye’s only appearance in this report.

Still a great shot!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Farid taking it chill on the stairs

One of my favourite things was to get some lunch (bread, cheese) from the Auchun hypermarket in the shopping mall right next to there and sit on the steps to eat...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A nice promenade, don’t know what it’s called.

Accordig to Google maps, it's "La Jetée", leading to the suburban town of Nanterre (where there is a large university)

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A trip to Paris is incomplete without a visit to this place. What else?

Dedicated to Phil, OA260  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
But all we fed on was Micky Dee’s.

You went to McDo in France and didn't have beer with your meal?!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
What’s there not to like about this sign?

Indeed... https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17680394640

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Some views of airside at Terminal 2F.

I thought that was an exact replica of one I took there last year, before I realised it was the other pier of 2F, non-Schengen...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
no circumstances should upload that picture on Facebook

I wonder why they prohibited Facebook specifically?!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Taxiing by some company A320’s

My office was in the ground floor of the low grey building in the middle. Our view was endless lines of AF A320s taxiing past  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
the aircraft might have had KLM as its previous owner.

Apparently, was always owned by AF, with a spell out on lease to Vietnam Airlines...

Thanks again for the report!

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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:59 am

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
No information was given for how long the area would be closed off, so naturally we began worrying about missing our flight. I could really see why a certain venezuelan a.netter hates this airport so much...

= Jaja  . This made me smile. I could write a book on why I hate CDG. It would be a best seller for sure - sort of like RUINAIR! I am not surprised by the lack of announcements - it is VERY CDG.

BTW, I have developed a new "strategy" to enjoy my trips to France ... by pass Air France and Paris altogether and just go to the South. People are nicer and happier  .

Anyways, thanks for the report on AF. Besides the inconsistent crew, it seems to be a pretty above average experience. As I have always maintained, AF European crews are significantly better than the old-timers on the long haul flights!

Thanks for writing.

Saludos,
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:31 am

Hej Jonas,

Nice for you to get this one up so quickly. Looks like you had a nice time at Paris on your budget break. You certainly managed to ind the absolutely cheapest travel options here..  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Paris is a city I’ve been not very keen to visit again.

Well, that's what I keep telling to myself but from time to time I find myself back there again. Paris has a certain charm to it, I agree that it is far too overrated and touristy at certain places, but if you look a little deeper you will find surprising things under the surface.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
€75 for a return trip ARN-CDG

Wow, that is a killer price!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
nice three star hotel in La Republique for the insanely low rate of €110 per room for three nights, and on top of that I had a 10% student discount on hotels.com.

Wow, that is a killer price!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
but instead the moment I entered the aircraft he instantly turned his head away, and began picking his thumbnail.

I'm sorry for this - I'm pretty sure it was another issue of racist behavior and nothing else.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I’m pretty sure the reason for this slow clim was for fuel saving measurements.

A derated take off saves the engines as well, so that is the other part of the equation.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
or ”Soon the friendly crew start the show”, as our dear friend from Finland once put it).

Did I write that? Must've been from the poem to try to have something rhyming...  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The ”french breakfast” offered on this flight.

Hey that doesn't look bad at all.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The blueberry yoghurt tasted pretty fine though, with some nice pieces of blueberry it became the ”main event” of this meal.

Of course, it is from Finland after all!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
the fact that SAS would’ve either served you a nice bowl of cabin air, or ripped you off another €10 on some overpriced breakfast baggie.

You just couldn't resist, could you?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
What a funny lot of people!

That kind of humor doesn't really sound that good to me, more like being extremely rude.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Cockpit view of this A320.

With a female first officer. Nice.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since it was five hours until we would be able to check in at our hotel, we decided to take the RER train into town. The ticket was rather overpriced at €9.10, if I would’ve known it cost that much I’d rather have taken the Air France Coaches for €11 since they offer better value for the money, and besides it’s much ”fancier” to travel on an airline branded transfer service rather then some dull subway train.

Yeah, the land travel options from CDG aren't very nice. The RER is okay, but the cars are dirty and old and the trains stop at some really dodgy suburbs. Plus it is a complete rip off - try pricing a ticket to the next stop before the airport (at the Expo park) and it costs only half of the journey to CDG - that's an "airport surcharge" for you.

I give you a free hint since you obviously prefer spending time over money: There are some hotels around Expo, I think some of them offer a free shuttle to CDG so you could just use that one as a freeloader and then take the train to/from Expo instead. Of course it is a major hassle, but hey, if it is all about being on a shoestring...!

Having said that I still prefer the RER as the legroom on the Les Cars Air France is quite horrible and the ride is very uncomfortable. Plus depending on when you are traveling the center of Paris can be quite a mess so you end up spending a lot of time in that cramped bus.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
View of our room and bathroom at the 3 star Hotel Pavilion Republique Les Halles.

Hey, that doesn't look too bad for such a cheap hotel!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
We traveled to Paris, the culinary capital of the world... But all we fed on was Micky Dee’s.

I told you, you should've tried Quick - I find them far better than McD.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

The day did not start well... We woke up around 11.30am with a terrible hangover after a wild night of partying.

Oh dear. Well, at least you are still young. In my age I would have been dead for the next two days.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I could really see why a certain venezuelan a.netter hates this airport so much...

Heh. He is not alone, CDG is a mess, no matter which way you look at it.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
We ended up flicking through magazines at one of the WHSmith’s or whatever they’re called in CDG,

Relay.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
When my BP was scanned through the machine a red light illuminated, the gate agent then informed me that I was seated by an exit row and offered to move me to another row.

Interesting that they have such a system. I guess it is for the gate agents to check that there are no kids or infants or some other persons incapable of operating the exit row.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
What’s the problem with letting the passenger do minor modifications to an existing product he’ve purchased. I know you’ll all say that ”If you want more space you’ve to pay for it”.

Well, I tend to agree with the FA here. I mean it is one thing to spread out if there's free space available but quite another to actually start modifying the seat configuration and all.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Then again that raises the question whether it should be okay to let people stretch out on 4-seater rows on empty long haul flights?

That's a bit different. In that case one is not really using something he is not entitled to, more like taking advantage of a low load.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
then what’s being served in those paper boxes for SAS Economy Extra. And bare with me, I didn’t pay €600 for the flight...

Here we go again. I have had some quite nice meals in SAS EE or KF Premium, though.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Farid for once enjoying the flight...

Is that a love bite?  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The lav was not much to say about other than the blue colour on the toilet seats gave impressions of the aircraft might have had KLM as its previous owner.

No A32xs have ever flown with KL.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
We spent some time at McDonald’s in SkyCity

You must have a McD Gold card?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
All in all I’m still satisfied with the company, and I wouldn’t mind flying them again.

Yep, AF isn't that bad. The real problem is CDG - flying AF usually means going through there, and that is far more stressful and annoying than it should be, so quite a major put off thing for me. Plus of course having to fly AY as the codeshare feeder flights to/from CDG.
 
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Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:44 am

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Soon came our time to board the plane as the last group of passengers. Our boarding passes were handed over to the friendly gate agent, who turned out to be the same woman who did our check-in, something Farid found very interesting. I didn’t bother telling him that this is a common practice after all.

Same thing happened to me in GOT with BA on Friday - fariyl comon occurence in out stations.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
As we walked down the crowded jetway, I could see the lead purser of the flight greeting passengers at the door in a very friendly manner. Of all the times I’ve flown Air France I’ve never encountered crew being so friendly. A nice first impression I thought, until it was time for me to board. I was expecting a smile and ”good morning” from the male purser, but instead the moment I entered the aircraft he instantly turned his head away, and began picking his thumbnail.

How rude! Curse of the young!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Breakfast Menu

Blueberry yoghurt
Croissant & Chocolate Muffin
A selection of coffee or tea, along with jus d’orange

Looks ok, but could be better. I'm flying ARN-MUC in Oct on an early LH flight, and am hoping for something filling. On LX, you'd only have got the muffin  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Sadly our luck was short lived as one of the passing by flight attendants noticed the middle seat table was down. She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest. I know the airline industry is all about product differentiation but in this case it just goes to ridiculous extent. What’s the problem with letting the passenger do minor modifications to an existing product he’ve purchased. I know you’ll all say that ”If you want more space you’ve to pay for it”.

Whilst it's true you were indulging in a Biz only perk, she could have been a bit nicer about it. Having said that, i don't see how you having the table down made any difference to ANYONE else (including AF's bottom line). If you had managed to use it though, you may have thought about using AF again, which would have benefitted AF. It's not much difference from using the middle seats' normal table - airlines don't have a problem with that! I tried to get the middle table down on my recent LH Italia flight, but it seemed to have been locked in position.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Dinner Menu

Light dish: Coleslaw with sliced chicken breast & zucchini
Dessert: Raspberry créme brulée
Pain pistolet & Président brie cheese
A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Coffee or tea

Looks and sounds quite nice!
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:15 am

Fantastic report, thanks for sharing!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
There was quite a long queue to the lavatory, so I decided to skip it after a while. To make things worse I had a very ”Larry David” like experience when a man from Business Cut everyone in line to get to the rear lav first. It’s just silly how some simpletons think of themselves as the owner of the plane just because they’re in the premium cabin...

This sort of behaviour really annoys me. It is disgraceful how people seem to think that by paying a little more, all manners go out of the window. You still eat, sleep and sh!t the same so why the snotty behaviour?

I hope somebody either pushed him back or said something to him.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Sadly our luck was short lived as one of the passing by flight attendants noticed the middle seat table was down. She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest.

Stupid attitude of the FA. Its not like you went to the front and stole an upgraded meal, or tried to barge into the business lounge. A little extra room doesn't hurt and with an empty cabin what difference does it make to the FA whether you have a table between you or not?

Sounds like AF are heading downhill fast. I flew them a few years ago BHX-CDG-BES-CDG-BHX and was very pleased by the crew on all sectors. Albeit there was only one sector on mainline, but still they were good then.
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:20 am

Hi Jonas,

Excellent report. I am kind of reviving nice memories of last year when I visited Paris myself.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
and I got kicked out from a perfume store.

But why?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Total cost per person for this 3 night weekend was €129,40 now that’s what you’d call a killer deal!

Good job on that!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Forget SJ (unless you’re flying SAS)stuck in a delay next to some whining old b**ch, and miss your flight.

How about hiring a female bodyguard to defend yourself against those b**ch?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I don’t like using the euphemism ”boarding lounge” since it’s not really a lounge, lol).

Well, what do you think of FRA’s gate areas?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
but instead the moment I entered the aircraft he instantly turned his head away, and began picking his thumbnail.

What was wrong with him?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Legroom was estimated at 34 inches

Wow, above industry average pitch.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The ”french breakfast” offered on this flight.

It looks edible. Too bad the taste did not meet your expectation.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I on the other hand stood there all stunned by this, until the entire crew burst out in big ”french” laughter telling me it was just a joke. My face was turned red like a tomato, but I could do nothing more than to laugh about it as well.

I would have been that way as well in your situation.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
asked for a quick peak in the cockpit which was granted

Very nice. Look! You got a female first officer.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
It took us nearly three hours to find the darn place

Yikes, I did not know that the quest to your hotel had to be so challenging.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
But all we fed on was Micky Dee’s

Did you notice any French culinary twist of local McD?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Air France offering free newspapers to all pax.

Nice gesture. Has the newspaper rack always been there? I missed it last year.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
She strictly told me that I under no circumstances should upload that picture on Facebook

But then, still OK for A.net, isn’t it?   


Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest

Jesus, sis, relax!   

I have to agree with Alex about the inconsistency service of the crew members. Especially the return flight was a letdown for this matter.

Anyway since you remain positive about AF, there is no reason to abandon the airline.

Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:10 pm

Nice tripreport and stunning photos. The wide-angle shots are perfect for La Défense
 
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:20 pm

Hej Jonas!

Thanks for a great report!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
€75 for a return trip ARN-CDG on August 22nd to 25th,

 Wow! Amazing price!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I was expecting a smile and ”good morning” from the male purser, but instead the moment I entered the aircraft he instantly turned his head away, and began picking his thumbnail.

I was quite stunned by this silly and unprofessional behaviour. Could it have been the camera hanging around my neck, or did the man simply not like me? That is a question still unanswered, nevertheless to say I’m pretty used to this kind of behaviour, so without bothering much about it I continued to my seat.

You should definitely write to Air France and complain about this. Very unprofessional conduct by the purser.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
When I brought up my request for another cup of coffee to the senior female F/A, she gave me a strict and serious ”Non!” before looking at me angrily for five seconds. I on the other hand stood there all stunned by this, until the entire crew burst out in big ”french” laughter telling me it was just a joke.

French humour...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
La Louvre exterior. We didn’t bother entering this time... Because then we’ve nothing to do the next time.

Good call, IMHO if you're going to visit the louvre, you either dedicate a whole day to it or don't bother at all.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Light dish: Coleslaw with sliced chicken breast & zucchini

Dessert: Raspberry créme brulée

Pain pistolet & Président brie cheese

A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Coffee or tea

This looks very nice, I must say that the catering on AF looks quite nice in comparison with LH and KL (not to mention SK Y). But then again I usually travel short haul from got which I think has a different set of meals than ARN as the distances are shorter.



Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

After four wonderful days in Paris, it was sadly time for us to travel back home

Good to hear that you've changed your opinion of Paris. I love the city, although CDG is another story...
 
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:38 pm

Hello Jonas,

Thanks for using your 'normal' lense this time, now my eyes can stay in focus and I can read your report without developing a serious headache   (just kidding!). Nice story on your trip to the 'city of romance' and indeed for a € 75 return trip fare I would not doubt either!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since that fateful day Paris to me have been more like an overpriced, overrated touristic theme park, rather then a city and I was not keen on setting my foot there again...

Hey come on... Paris is a great city. It's not because you are so stu... to open your suitcase in the middle of the street that you have to be so judgemental  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The breakfast was by no means what you’d call substantial, in fact it was barely even a breakfast at all. The croissant and chocolate muffin were pretty small and dry, but with the Nescafé provided it was possible to wash them down. The blueberry yoghurt tasted pretty fine though, with some nice pieces of blueberry it became the ”main event” of this meal. Jus d’orange was nothing special either, although the taste was pretty mild and not sour which I like, especially in the mornings.

You are hard to please, are you not?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
When I brought up my request for another cup of coffee to the senior female F/A, she gave me a strict and serious ”Non!” before looking at me angrily for five seconds. I on the other hand stood there all stunned by this, until the entire crew burst out in big ”french” laughter telling me it was just a joke.

Although it being a joke, I don't find this professional behavior...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Cockpit view of this A320.

Congrats on scoring this visit!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
but I’m guessing she was afraid that any of the crew’s faces ended up on my pics.

Maybe so. You know, my camera and me, we are always present in a discrete way  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
View of the uninteresting lavatory.

Indeed, and even in this ugly blue it's still just a lavatory...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Sadly our luck was short lived as one of the passing by flight attendants noticed the middle seat table was down. She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest.

I guess this must have something to do with the exit row?

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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:14 pm

Hey guys, thanks for the comments! .

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
Shameful, maybe he "assumed" the other passengers were business class and you economy.

Well I find that quite doubtful since most C pax were already seated, in face even my friend got the greeting.

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
My last AF breakfast time flight the service was a single tiny croissant and hot drink - though it was CDG-LHR! Not much time to eat then.

Not much to call a breakfast either, but then again better then the birdseeds BA serve  .

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
I always prefer the train to a bus / coach, you get more legroom   And in this case, more choice on where to get off in the city.

In this case the coach would've been better since it would've taken us directly to the Arc, i.e the only place I could navigate from at that moment.

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
Try using the GPS feature of your phone - I find it works a treat!

Hehe, well that would come with a nice juicy roaming bill  .

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
Dedicated to Phil, OA260  

Of course! .

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
You went to McDo in France and didn't have beer with your meal?!

No we didn't bother with the 1664 this time, since neither of us like beer.

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
Apparently, was always owned by AF, with a spell out on lease to Vietnam Airlines...

True, KLM have never owned any A320's. Still the blue color gave an impression. Perhaps it was put there by VN.

Quoting Avianca (Reply 1):
What is the mininum flying time to get this service?

I believe this service is offered on all flights longer than 2h 30m

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
I could write a book on why I hate CDG. It would be a best seller for sure - sort of like RUINAIR! I am not surprised by the lack of announcements - it is VERY CDG.

Hehe if you do so, make sure to send me a signed copy! .

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 3):
BTW, I have developed a new "strategy" to enjoy my trips to France ... by pass Air France and Paris altogether and just go to the South. People are nicer and happier  .

The south does indeed seem nicer. I'd love to visit Nice and Monaco some day, sadly atm they're a bit over my budget.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Looks like you had a nice time at Paris on your budget break. You certainly managed to ind the absolutely cheapest travel options here..

@P, True, I managed to make a cheap-o weekend without the hostels and the Ryanair like most people in my age are forced to suffer through.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
but if you look a little deeper you will find surprising things under the surface.

True, I'd say the area around the Arc and Camps are that shallow snobby surface. Our neighborhood near La Republique was actually quite charmy and more down to earth.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
I'm sorry for this - I'm pretty sure it was another issue of racist behavior and nothing else.

It could most likely have been, but still my friend got the greeting as well. Doubt this'll change next year...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Did I write that? Must've been from the poem to try to have something rhyming...  

My favourite part of the report!  .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Hey that doesn't look bad at all.

Well the presentation makes it look like more then it actually is.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
You just couldn't resist, could you?

Nope, have you read my signature? .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
With a female first officer. Nice.

Nice indeed, though I don't trust two women flying the plane.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Of course it is a major hassle, but hey, if it is all about being on a shoestring...!

Hmm, seems like quite a big hassle for just €5. But if the hotels out there happened to be the cheapest ones then I'd might have gone through it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Having said that I still prefer the RER as the legroom on the Les Cars Air France is quite horrible and the ride is very uncomfortable. Plus depending on when you are traveling the center of Paris can be quite a mess so you end up spending a lot of time in that cramped bus.

I took the Air France cars during my last visit, and I must say they were pretty comfortable. Ride was very quick as well, and the bus was not too crowded.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Here we go again. I have had some quite nice meals in SAS EE or KF Premium, though.

Well if the pricing on SAS Eco Extra was more reasonable, I'd have flown it on a more regular basis.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Is that a love bite?  

That is in fact a love bite. Believe it was caused by the previous night's wild&craziness  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
No A32xs have ever flown with KL.

Of course, KLM have never owned the A320.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
You must have a McD Gold card?

Hehe, actually one day when I was bored I sat down and created a whole concept for a McD loyalty programme. The awards, perks, status requirements, etc. Perhaps I should present the idea to them  .

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Same thing happened to me in GOT with BA on Friday - fariyl comon occurence in out stations.

Interesting. Same thing happened on my SAS flight from DLM two months ago, must be a connection these as you say.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
How rude! Curse of the young!

True, the curse of young, economy class, no status.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Looks ok, but could be better. I'm flying ARN-MUC in Oct on an early LH flight, and am hoping for something filling.

Will be interesting to see what LH serve for breakfast these days. One would hope for a DIY breakfast box or something similar, or maybe just the plain old bagle they've served for quite some time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
It's not much difference from using the middle seats' normal table - airlines don't have a problem with that!

And that's exactly what we did instead = no questioning about it.

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 6):
You still eat, sleep and sh!t the same so why the snotty behaviour?

Exactly, this kind of behavior should never be accepted. Then that raises the question why he couldn't just stand in line for the front lav...

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 6):
Stupid attitude of the FA. Its not like you went to the front and stole an upgraded meal, or tried to barge into the business lounge.

Taking an empty seat in C is a complete different thing. If I would've done so then I would've deserved a kickout from the crew.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
But why?

Well I'm guessing because my french wasn't good enough and due to the fact that I was dressed like a slacker  .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
How about hiring a female bodyguard to defend yourself against those b**ch?

Hopefully that was a one-off so it won't be necessary  .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Well, what do you think of FRA’s gate areas?

Ah yes, the FRA gates. LH for sure have saved the definition of the word "boarding lounge" .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Yikes, I did not know that the quest to your hotel had to be so challenging.

Turned out not to be that hard to find at the end, it was just us making it harder then it had to be.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Did you notice any French culinary twist of local McD?

I did in fact try out some of the local specialty burgers, also had a nice Café au lait & pain au chocolate at the McCafe. Wish all McD's had them.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Nice gesture. Has the newspaper rack always been there? I missed it last year.

It has been there during my previous visits in 07 and 08. There's also another stand on the opposite side near the lounge stairs.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
But then, still OK for A.net, isn’t it?   

Exactly my thought. More people would see the pics here then on my FB  .

Quoting henrikg (Reply 9):
You should definitely write to Air France and complain about this. Very unprofessional conduct by the purser.

Hey Henrik! Perhaps I should, then again I doubt they'd give an apology.

Quoting henrikg (Reply 9):
Good call, IMHO if you're going to visit the louvre, you either dedicate a whole day to it or don't bother at all.

Ah I see, so it was good for us to skip it after all. Also I'm guessing the tickets must be pre-booked in order to get a nice price?

Quoting henrikg (Reply 9):
This looks very nice, I must say that the catering on AF looks quite nice in comparison with LH and KL (not to mention SK Y).

AF catering is way superior to SK Y+, also the drinks offerings is pretty similar with the exception of Champagne.

Quoting henrikg (Reply 9):
I love the city, although CDG is another story...

I actually like CDG for some reason, the architecture is very nice. But spending long layovers there is not nice at all. I remember spending 6 hours in the staff room 6 years ago when traveling as a UM.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Thanks for using your 'normal' lense this time, now my eyes can stay in focus and I can read your report without developing a serious headache   (just kidding!).

Hehe, well I just purchased this lens and I took big consideration for you guys for choosing this lens  .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
It's not because you are so stu... to open your suitcase in the middle of the street that you have to be so judgemental

To my defense that suitcase opened by itself as I was walking along near Pont Malliot. From that day I always travel with a shoulderbag or backpack.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
You are hard to please, are you not?

Well they say that customers who complain are the airline's best friends .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Although it being a joke, I don't find this professional behavior...

Sure it may not be the most professional thing to do, but at least nice to see the crew have some sense of humor. Also to note, not the only time during the trip that I experienced this kind of joke.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 10):
Maybe so. You know, my camera and me, we are always present in a discrete way  

What can I say, my big black DSLR makes a better job scaring away subjects then making the pics  .

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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:07 pm

Hi, Jonas,

pretty good to follow you´re Paris by AF story.
I especially like you´re location pictures, also with the fisheye, well done.

So it seems there is something to compare soon. ARN-CDG on AF is also done and ready to write in the near future,
together with a visit to the Menzies lounge at ARN.

Greetings,
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:44 pm

Hi Jonas!

I enjoyed reading this tripreport, as i visited Paris as a part of a trip to Strasbourg with my school in May.

Terminal 2F at CDG don't look to bad atleast, looks rather nice.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The cabin on this old A320 was fitted with the old-style Y seats, they’ve been around since the 90’s. In terms of comfort however I much prefer these over the newer ones with the flexible headrests.

They sure look comfortable.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
the passengers in Business Class received a full hot breakfast, crème brulé and a kanelbulle.

I'm jealous!

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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:59 pm

Hi Jonas,

very nice TR with many amazing pictures,
the service on AF doesnt look too bad actually, as they still serve a tray meal, which isnt that common any more in Europe.
Your pictures of the city of Paris also look very professional and your new lens is for sure worth the money  
Thanks a lot for sharing

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Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:17 pm

Hi Jonas !

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures and extra thanks for sparing us many pics with the fish lens  

It seems ypu got an amazing deal both on airfare and the hotel!! Three nights for that price is amazing especially consifering the location!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A nice first impression I thought, until it was time for me to board. I was expecting a smile and ”good morning” from the male purser, but instead the moment I entered the aircraft he instantly turned his head away, and began picking his thumbnail.

I think you are taking things way too seriously; F/As don't have greet EVERY single passenger and he just happened to look away as you were entering the aircraft. Picking the thumbnail is not so good when passengers are around.

Breakfast look very good ! If you were expecting a buffet, you should have had something more filling somethere else. Seats look comfortable too.

I LOVE Terminal 2F! Design is great and very modern. Nice views of the ramp from inside the terminal

Paris looks nice but I agree that the Cote D'Azur is much more pleasant and relaxing and friendly than Paris. You should try it sometime.

Looking forward to your next report.

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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:18 pm

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
I give you a free hint since you obviously prefer spending time over money

If you are really penny pinching on travel from CDG to the city, use the bus 350 or 351 - you just need to stamp 3 metro tickets (EUR3.60 if bought as part of a carnet) or use an area pass  

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Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:44 pm

Hi

Another nice trip report, glad you enjoyed it. While not impressed by the seating, i'm impressed by the actual meal you got on AF.


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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:22 am

Hi Jonas,

interesting report to read again, and good pictures also with the new lens. Good to see the fisheye still around, fantastic lens, I used it quite a bit myself lately in the old buildings during my last Paris visit just 2 weeks ago.

AF seems to deliver a very good product on many fields here, with a (too low?) pricing imho. Good for you though.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The visit turned out to be quite a fiasco since I ended up getting lost while attempting to walk all the way to La Defense,

Well, that's why they have the metro and RER in Paris, to avoid walking those distances. From the Arc to La Defense is quite a distance and not a really interesting neighbourhood either.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I got kicked out from a perfume store

For what reason? Did you spray around the expensive perfumes or so?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since our flight was leaving ARN at the ungodly hour of 6.50am

Not too early,... your problem is more the place where you live. At least you can maximize your daytime in Paris by taking this flight.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
With a price of €14 for a 90 minute ride, I wouldn’t call it cheap

Not bad. Such prices are also standard in the Netherlands.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since we were only traveling with hand luggage this time

4 days, high temperatures in Paris. You did hopefully bring some clean clothes in your camera bag as well?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Soon the aircraft reached runway 01L/19R, and made a slow and heavy takeoff.
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I’m pretty sure the reason for this slow clim was for fuel saving measurements.

And A320 and 'heavy takeoff' don't really fit imho. Especially not for a just 2,5 hour flight to CDG.
Most probably reasons are; derated thrust (fuel saving and engine life saving), following the standard instrument departure accoriding the charts, including (lower) speed regulations for possible noise abatement procedures. It was 7am so that would be a wise decision.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The ”french breakfast” offered on this flight.

Looking really good, presentation and also the offering is very well ok.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The breakfast was by no means what you’d call substantial, in fact it was barely even a breakfast at all.

Well I do find it a substantial breakfast for a 2,5 hour flight in Y nowadays. Did you expect to receive a full hot meal or so?!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
All in all the breakfast was a huge letdown as it wasn’t good nor filling.

Well, I wouldn't dare to say and complain about the breakfast! You paid NOTHING for your flight,... get to fly the AF product with all it's benefits and services like meal, mileage, free luggage, adjustable seats etc.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Then again, I shouldn’t complain too much since the flight only cost me €37,50

Indeed. No complaints at all imho. Do you understand that you actually flew too cheap?! EUR 37,50 alone wouldn't make up for the expenses and airport taxes on the flight, so AF isn't earning money on you at all.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
To make things worse I had a very ”Larry David” like experience when a man from Business Cut everyone in line to get to the rear lav first. It’s just silly how some simpletons think of themselves as the owner of the plane just because they’re in the premium cabin...

Well, I was in C class on KLM lately, as well in Premium on KF. Passengers from Y go to the forward lavatory all the time and block the usage for me. On KF I had to use the toilet during approach and seatbelt sign on, because it was't available to me before. On KLM it's clearly stated that the forward lavatory is for business class passengers only, but people from economy class just don't follow up. And crew just can't be around all the time to send them back to the rear. Maybe the C-class passenger was frustrated about a similar happening?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I decided to go for the same treatment as our friend Eric did on his recent flight to OSL, i.e large consumption of caffeine beverage.

Just had a few cups, not something like 'large consumption'.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
When I brought up my request for another cup of coffee to the senior female F/A, she gave me a strict and serious ”Non!” before looking at me angrily for five seconds. I on the other hand stood there all stunned by this, until the entire crew burst out in big ”french” laughter telling me it was just a joke.

Hmm, I can understand what happened. Professional, maybe, maybe not. In your case, maybe not. You didn't understand the joke at once and was stunned about it. So the AF crew failed big time here!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I spent the remainder of the flight playing around on Farid’s  iPhone, while he was asleep.

Didn't you bring your own iPhone then? Or did you want to save your batteries?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Finding the hotel didn’t turn out to be the easiest thing. It took us nearly three hours to find the darn place.

Idea for next time: print the google maps from your tube station area to your hotel location. It's just 1 print, and it saves a lot of time and hassle, and you've no extra costs. We do that all the time... and what a waste, 3 hours to look for a hotel  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The hotel exceeded all our expectations

Looks good indeed. So, you're going to write a positive feedback on TripAdvisor?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A trip to Paris is incomplete without a visit to this place. What else?

Did you stock up on the new coffees or just to drink 'free coffee'?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
La Louvre exterior. We didn’t bother entering this time...

Well, with your student card (also from Sweden) you can enter this place for free saving you another 10 Euro's (entrance fee, very cheap for a huge museum like this)

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
So Farid quickly packed up our stuff while I jumped into the shower.

Poor Farid...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A ”security threat” forces the heavily armed gendarmes to close off the area around the TGV station, making it impossible to get to our terminal. The place was chaos, within a matter of minutes the entire hallway was crowded with people not knowing that the h*ll just happened. No information was given for how long the area would be closed off, so naturally we began worrying about missing our flight. I could really see why a certain venezuelan a.netter hates this airport so much...

I agree about CDG, but in this case the police had a good reason to act this way, it seems. And giving an indication about the duration of things, it's often difficult to do.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Sadly our luck was short lived as one of the passing by flight attendants noticed the middle seat table was down. She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest. I know the airline industry is all about product differentiation but in this case it just goes to ridiculous extent.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Taking an empty seat in C is a complete different thing. If I would've done so then I would've deserved a kickout from the crew.

You paid for Y-class, and for 1 seat. Not for the comfort of a middle seat or traytable in the middle. Maybe other passengers will follow your behavior etc. Plus, I'm not sure if this is allowed at the exit-row.
The traytable is part of the 'luxury' in C-class (for your comfort), and doesn't fit in the Y-class cabin product.
I understand the FA's wise decision to bring it back in position, maybe in a more 'friendly' way or with some explanation about it.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I must admit that Air France are still on the forefront when it comes to airline desserts.

I've had so many good desserts, on many airlines incl. asian ones and also BA (cheesecake).

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

The lav was not much to say about other than the blue colour on the toilet seats gave impressions of the aircraft might have had KLM as its previous owner.

Afaik, the blue toilets were originally delivered like this out of the factory, and all AF older A320's have it. A lavatory seems/is/unable to change on an aircraft and will be like this for the complete life of the aircraft. Maybe somebody can correct me if wrong, but I've heard about it before.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Not much to call a breakfast either, but then again better then the birdseeds BA serve

Well, 'birdseeds' on BA... BA does serve proper sandwiches on all my flights with them so far. Ok, on a 2pm afternoon flight not, then you get some nuts (or birdseeds if you call them) or crackers etc. On which of your BA flights did you get birdseeds for breakfast?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
True, I'd say the area around the Arc and Camps are that shallow snobby surface. Our neighborhood near La Republique was actually quite charmy and more down to earth.

But your personality more belongs to the 'Champs d'Elysees' area doesn't it?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Nice indeed, though I don't trust two women flying the plane.

Don't fly KLM them. I've had several flights with 2 female crew flying the plane, not uncommon at all.

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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:23 pm

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
pretty good to follow you´re Paris by AF story.
I especially like you´re location pictures, also with the fisheye, well done.

Hey Markus, thanks for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed the report  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
So it seems there is something to compare soon. ARN-CDG on AF is also done and ready to write in the near future,

I'm looking forward to that report, will be nice to make a comparison!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 13):
Terminal 2F at CDG don't look to bad atleast, looks rather nice.

Hej Martin. Yes CDG T2F is really the nicest terminal, although 2E doesn't look that bad either. I'm glad the ARN flights don't leave from 2D anymore as they used to back in the days  .

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 14):
Your pictures of the city of Paris also look very professional and your new lens is for sure worth the money

Hi Johannes, thanks for reading! I'm glad you liked the pics, and I must say that lens was indeed money well spent. Lenses are more of an investment really since they keep their value.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
I think you are taking things way too seriously; F/As don't have greet EVERY single passenger and he just happened to look away as you were entering the aircraft. Picking the thumbnail is not so good when passengers are around.

I wouldn't say that. In my opinion the crew should either greet all passengers or not greet them at all. A polarized service treatment is something that shouldn't be accepted anywhere. Of course with the exception of higher class pax, elites, etc. Also the man looked away on purpose so I'm pretty sure that classifies as what's stated above.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 15):
Paris looks nice but I agree that the Cote D'Azur is much more pleasant and relaxing and friendly than Paris. You should try it sometime.

I'll make sure to do a visit to the south next time I plan to visit France  .

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):
While not impressed by the seating, i'm impressed by the actual meal you got on AF.

Hey Marc. Yes the seating might not be up to date on this particular aircraft, however AF seem to have 4 different kinds of seats on their short haul aircraft. Would be better if they did like LH i.e introduce a single product fleetwide.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Well, that's why they have the metro and RER in Paris, to avoid walking those distances. From the Arc to La Defense is quite a distance and not a really interesting neighbourhood either.

Hey Eric, thanks for your reply! Yes at that time I wasn't aware of the massive distances in Paris so I just kept walking thinking I'd be there soon. I should've taken the metro though...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
For what reason? Did you spray around the expensive perfumes or so?

I didn't even touch the perfumes. The woman in the shop just wanted me out the minute she saw me.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Not too early,... your problem is more the place where you live. At least you can maximize your daytime in Paris by taking this flight.

Yes, Västerås isn't the best location for going to ARN. 90 minutes away is quite the distance, but luckily there are busses going every hour until midnight.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Not bad. Such prices are also standard in the Netherlands.

Perhaps, but then again the tickets only used to cost €8 two months ago.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
4 days, high temperatures in Paris. You did hopefully bring some clean clothes in your camera bag as well?

Farid brought his trolley bag which was enough to cater his needs for 4 days. I crammed quite a lot of clothes in the upper compartment of my Fastpack, so for me it was fine as well.  .

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Well I do find it a substantial breakfast for a 2,5 hour flight in Y nowadays. Did you expect to receive a full hot meal or so?!

No, but I would've expected the similar tray as offered on the return, i.e it consisting of cold cuts, youghurt, jam, bread & croissant. That would've been more appropriate for the duration of this flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Indeed. No complaints at all imho. Do you understand that you actually flew too cheap?! EUR 37,50 alone wouldn't make up for the expenses and airport taxes on the flight, so AF isn't earning money on you at all.

For me I don't really care if the airline loose revenue on this ticket, then why did they offer it to me in the first place. Besides by purchasing the cheap-o tickets I help increasing the demand for this flights, i.e the people who actually need to travel at this given time are forced to pay higher fares = the airline makes better revenue. This system is of course many times more profitable then offering a flat fare for all pax no matter what time of booking, that's when we see them loose revenue.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Passengers from Y go to the forward lavatory all the time and block the usage for me.

Only time I've used the front lavatory was on my OK flight three years ago. C class was completely empty with only the crew having their lunch there, but even so I ended up having the F/A banging on the door urging me to get out.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Didn't you bring your own iPhone then? Or did you want to save your batteries?

I left it at home actually, since mom didn't trust me using it = expensive roaming charges.  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Looks good indeed. So, you're going to write a positive feedback on TripAdvisor?

Yes I will definitely leave some positive reviews on TripAdvisor and Hotels.com.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Did you stock up on the new coffees or just to drink 'free coffee'?

Nah, place was a bit too fancy for my likings so I only had a quick look. Also I didn't notice any free coffee  .

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Well, with your student card (also from Sweden) you can enter this place for free saving you another 10 Euro's (entrance fee, very cheap for a huge museum like this)

Oh really, I did not know that. If we would've know we'd have made plans to stay there for a day or so.  .

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Poor Farid...

Hehe, he had a shower the night before so no probs for him.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Afaik, the blue toilets were originally delivered like this out of the factory, and all AF older A320's have it. A lavatory seems/is/unable to change on an aircraft and will be like this for the complete life of the aircraft. Maybe somebody can correct me if wrong, but I've heard about it before.

The aircraft lavatories are fully moveable and replaceable. I guess the only reason why they don't bother changing them is because they're bloody expensive  .

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
But your personality more belongs to the 'Champs d'Elysees' area doesn't it?

Hehehe, is that what you think? Maybe in 10 years  

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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:05 pm

I probably shouldn't stir this storm in the water glass any more, but here goes anyway:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Do you understand that you actually flew too cheap?! EUR 37,50 alone wouldn't make up for the expenses and airport taxes on the flight, so AF isn't earning money on you at all.

That's not quite right, here's a fare breakdown on an SK one way itinerary ARN-CDG with a direct flight:

STO SK PAR 95.28TSEOWM NUC 95.28 END ROE 6.19217 XT 24.80YA 21.50YQ

The currency is USD, thus there's only the Swedish Passenger Charge (YA) levied on this itinerary, should be similar on AF as well.

The $21.50 (YQ) is the SK fuel surcharge.

So yes, AF did make a tiny bit of revenue from this fare. Profit? Hell no!
 
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:30 pm

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Sadly our luck was short lived as one of the passing by flight attendants noticed the middle seat table was down. She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest.

Whenever there is a possibility I always do it - I fold down the middle seat table and reposition the armrests to get the business class comfort for the price of economy. It never bothered a single FA. I guess you were just out of luck - the lady was in bad mood  
 
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:03 pm

Hi Jonas,

great report with many high quality pictures!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The visit turned out to be quite a fiasco since I ended up getting lost while attempting to walk all the way to La Defense, my suitcase broke down and fling opened in the middle of the street (resulting in some pretty dirty laundry), and I got kicked out from a perfume store. The worst part was of course the fact that I missed out on all the main attractions, apart from the arc de triumph of course.

That sounds really bad!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
€75 for a return trip ARN-CDG on August 22nd to 25th, with the outbound flight leaving in the morning, and the return coming back in the late evening.

Very good deal.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I was expecting a smile and ”good morning” from the male purser, but instead the moment I entered the aircraft he instantly turned his head away, and began picking his thumbnail.

Not a good start. Probably he was also afraid to find his face on facebook?  

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
. The cabin on this old A320 was fitted with the old-style Y seats, they’ve been around since the 90’s. In terms of comfort however I much prefer these over the newer ones with the flexible headrests.

Isn't it amazing that many of these old style seats are more comfortable than the newly designed ones?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The breakfast was by no means what you’d call substantial, in fact it was barely even a breakfast at all. The croissant and chocolate muffin were pretty small and dry, but with the Nescafé provided it was possible to wash them down. The blueberry yoghurt tasted pretty fine though, with some nice pieces of blueberry it became the ”main event” of this meal. Jus d’orange was nothing special either, although the taste was pretty mild and not sour which I like, especially in the mornings.

I don't know what LH serves on similar flights in these days, but the breakfast looks quite decent. Times have changed, AF has been under pressure by FR, U2 and others as much as other legacy carriers. What I really find ridiculous is what BA serves on flights between Germany and the UK.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
To make things worse I had a very ”Larry David” like experience when a man from Business Cut everyone in line to get to the rear lav first. It’s just silly how some simpletons think of themselves as the owner of the plane just because they’re in the premium cabin...

Ah, I hate such a behavior, too.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
When I brought up my request for another cup of coffee to the senior female F/A, she gave me a strict and serious ”Non!” before looking at me angrily for five seconds. I on the other hand stood there all stunned by this, until the entire crew burst out in big ”french” laughter telling me it was just a joke. My face was turned red like a tomato, but I could do nothing more than to laugh about it as well. Meanwhile my coffee was prepared and promptly handed over to me, I thanked the crew and headed back to my seat. What a funny lot of people!

Well, that "joke" doesn't belong to the better ones IMO...

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The Eiffel Tower viewing point... Packed with tourists.

Did you try to go on top? It was already overpriced many years ago, but I liked it, nevertheless.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
This A320 turned out to be the same aircraft that operated my outbound flight, a bummer for most people on this forum!

Nightmare!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
A moment later, the female F/A came over to our row and told me that she had seen me take pictures of the cabin. She strictly told me that I under no circumstances should upload that picture on Facebook. I found this quite strange, but I’m guessing she was afraid that any of the crew’s faces ended up on my pics.

Yes, probably. This may become a problem in the future.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Sadly our luck was short lived as one of the passing by flight attendants noticed the middle seat table was down. She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest. I know the airline industry is all about product differentiation but in this case it just goes to ridiculous extent.

She could have said it in a friendly tone!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Even though the days of three course cold meals in Economy Class, with salmon paté, tiger prawns and Sacher chocolate cake are over I was pretty satisfied with what was on offer for this flight. First of all quality and quantity wise this meal is still of higher standard in terms of quality and quantity then what’s being served in those paper boxes for SAS Economy Extra. And bare with me, I didn’t pay €600 for the flight...

That meals looks quite good!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

The lav was not much to say about other than the blue colour on the toilet seats gave impressions of the aircraft might have had KLM as its previous owner.

Interesting, I had never seen that on AF.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I must say that despite all the cut downs they have still managed to keep the service levels at a high level, i.e more superior then most other EU majors including Lufthansa (of course it also depends on the duration of the flights).

LH's catering is better than AF's on shorter sectors, e.g. between Germany and France.


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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:05 pm

Hey Jonas,
Very impressive report as usual. Love your style of photography also . You can tell its yours  

As for AF an ok experience. Still not running to fly them myself but probably will just to check out the lounges  
Shame you get pissy crew . So you kept to what she said , you didn't post on FB but Anet instead LOL... love it !

Thanks again for a nice evenings read.

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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:06 am

Hi Jonas !

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 19):
In my opinion the crew should either greet all passengers or not greet them at all.

That's totally unreasonable! I suggest you great everyone getting on your local bus the next time and make sure you don't miss anyone. Keep in the F/A has other duties as well to take care off during the boarding process.

In over 800 flights, I can recall being greated on less than half.

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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:13 pm

Hello Jonas,

very nice report - really enjoyed reading it. I also agree with you that the meal service on this 2h30min flight is quite good compared to many many other European carriers in Economy Class.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):

Sadly our luck was short lived as one of the passing by flight attendants noticed the middle seat table was down. She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest.

Interesting to read that. I've often thought about that situation and how crew would react to Economy passengers reseating themselves to Business   Now I know the answer which is sad for us Economy travellers   But perhaps a little more explanation of the crew for their doing would have been good in my opinion.

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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:59 pm

Hi Jonas,

great report, Paris is a nice destination to spend some time at.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I had to spend the night over at Farid’s place in order to catch the 3.55 Swebus Airport shuttle to ARN.

That is early!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Our boarding passes were handed over to the friendly gate agent, who turned out to be the same woman who did our check-in, something Farid found very interesting

Interestingly this happens pretty common to me at different airports and different airlines.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The ”french breakfast” offered on this flight.

It looks quite nice.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The standard was surprisingly high for a hotel costing only €15 per person/night, and not only that was the location great.

You're kidding right? That is a great deal.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The fisheye’s only appearance in this report. Are you happy P?

I was a bit scared there would be no fisheye shots  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
What’s there not to like about this sign?

I remember being intrigued by this sing when I was a kid and we were visiting Paris  
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest

That's rude. And unnecessary from the AF FA.

Thanks for sharing,

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Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:56 pm

Hi Jonas,

thanks for sharing! Looks like you've had a good time in Paris, something I've never actually managed to have there (maybe 'cause I'm not as cool as the average Parisien?). As usual your pictures are top notch and remind me of how badly I need a new, better camera and some lectures of photography.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
In other words we were allowed to travel for free this time, since Swebus Airport tickets are valid for three months after purchase. Not so bad after all

Not bad at all! You've been very lucky on this holiday, haven't you? First 75€ for the AF flight, a free shuttle bus and - better still! - a gorgeous hotel for ridicolously cheap in downtown Paris.. Can you dream some numbers for tomorrow's Lotto draw and then e-mail them to me? Thanks!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
All in all the breakfast was a huge letdown as it wasn’t good nor filling. Neither did they offer any additional croissants, only Nescafé and jus d’orange were offered which I gladly accepted. Then again, I shouldn’t complain too much since the flight only cost me €37,50 and the fact that SAS would’ve either served you a nice bowl of cabin air, or ripped you off another €10 on some overpriced breakfast baggie.

Well, one hasn't to be too picky when it comes to free food on a plane these days but a Nescafé is somehow a little bit too downmarket for my liking.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since it was five hours until we would be able to check in at our hotel, we decided to take the RER train into town. The ticket was rather overpriced at €9.10, if I would’ve known it cost that much I’d rather have taken the Air France Coaches for €11 since they offer better value for the money, and besides it’s much ”fancier” to travel on an airline branded transfer service rather then some dull subway train.

I made the mental note, after my first and so far only trip out of CDG, not to use the RER anymore especially if it stops at Aulnay sous Bois or Saint-Denis as mine did. And it was match day!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
This meant that Farid could move to the aisle seat, and the middle would remain free. Since the middle seat has a drinks table that folds out from the backrest, I decided to fold it out and move out the armrests giving us an additional 2 inches of seat width. In other words we were able to enjoy Business Class comfort when traveling in Y. Sadly our luck was short lived as one of the passing by flight attendants noticed the middle seat table was down. She instantly stopped at our row telling us ”Non!!!” before slamming the table up agains the backrest. I know the airline industry is all about product differentiation but in this case it just goes to ridiculous extent. What’s the problem with letting the passenger do minor modifications to an existing product he’ve purchased. I know you’ll all say that ”If you want more space you’ve to pay for it”.

Hm, what a strange behaviour from the stewardess. Perhaps she didn't want you to feel like J class passengers or she felt you were trying and vandalizing the seats but in my opinion she shouldn't have behaved the way she did. I'd have goon for some funny remarks rather than being so direct and straightforward. You weren't doing anything bad at all.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The lav was not much to say about other than the blue colour on the toilet seats gave impressions of the aircraft might have had KLM as its previous owner.

Looks like it has been made out of Smurf leather, I don't like it at all.

Keep them coming!

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Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:16 pm

Hi!

Many thanks for the report. Looks like you had a nice time in Paris. I had a great time last time I went by Eurostar for a day trip from London. You picked up some incredible fares for the flights and the hotels. I've looked on the Air France website many times but can never find fares that cheap from London. We're lucky in London because we can fly direct to Toulouse which being the "tete" of Airbus is a great place to visit for an airplane geek. Anyway besides the few unfriendly FA's Air France seemed to be really good. Getting a meal of any kind when you payed almost Ryanair prices for the tickets must be something good!

Many thanks,

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Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:39 am

This is a great TR! I really enjoyed this very much. Thank you for posting it. Paris is one of my favorite cities, and I am glad that you shared some of it with us all.
 
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Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:08 am

Hi Jonas!

Thanks very much for sharing your renewed experience with Air France and Paris. Its good to hear from someone who have taken the same flights in the past to better compare the service standards pre-and-post rebranding.

Beautiful pictures you have taken and its nice to hear that you gave Paris another chance. Its nice to hear that the AF crew in general were nice and friendly as well. The meal back looks quite decent and definately looks better than the breakfast on your flight to Paris. The hotel you stayed in really looked great for such a low price! And I'm really glad to hear that you've had a great time in Paris this time. The pictures of the city are wonderful!

Thanks for making your TR really interesting with all the descriptions on the incidents with the FAs which confirms my perception that AF isn't the best airline after all.

Thanks, once again, very much for sharing.

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Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:08 pm

Hello Jonas!

Thanks for the great story with top-quality pics! I love the pictures from Paris. I have never been there but I would love to visit some day!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
and fling opened in the middle of the street (resulting in some pretty dirty laundry), and I got kicked out from a perfume store. The worst part was of



OMG! Bad luck!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since that fateful day Paris to me have been more like an overpriced, overrated touristic theme park, rather then a city and I was not keen on setting my foot there again... Until recently...



Well I guess you have to make a proper visit Paris in your life.....:D

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
€75 for a return trip ARN-CDG on



Well that´s cheap!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
rate of €110 per room for three nights, and on top of that I had a 10% student discount on hotels.com.



Very cheap again! Not what you except for a descent hotel in Paris.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Since our flight was leaving ARN at the ungodly hour of 6.50am,



Not fun! I try to avoid these flights since I always have to go the night before and spend the night at ARN. But you live a little bit closer to ARN then me 
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
woke up around 2.30am after some three hours of sleep, mostly obstructed by the usual pre-flight



I´m also familiar to this 
Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
To be honest I really don’t like this part of ARN with the



Well, I think everything is better then the F-pier or terminal 2:D

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
and began picking his thumbnail.



Very rude! I think you should write a complaint to AF!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Soon the friendly crew start the show”, as our dear friend from Finland once put it).



:D

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The ”french breakfast” offered on this flight



Looks good

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
a kanelbulle.



Nice with a Swedish touch on AF´s business product!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Some views of airside at Terminal 2F.



CDG looks like a impressive airport when it comes to architecture!

Thanks again Jonas! Hope to see something more from you soon!

Greetings
Robert
 
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Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:52 am

Hi everybody, thanks again for the replies! Sorry for taking so long, have been quite busy lately.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
Not a good start. Probably he was also afraid to find his face on facebook?  

I'm actually starting to believe that was the case.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
Isn't it amazing that many of these old style seats are more comfortable than the newly designed ones?

True, old seats are comfier. One thing I am bothered about however are the seat cushions. They're not ergonomically designed, and that's the case with all seats regardless of age.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
Well, that "joke" doesn't belong to the better ones IMO...

Well yeah, then again I'm glad to be served something for free these days.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
LH's catering is better than AF's on shorter sectors, e.g. between Germany and France.

AF's service offerings on short routes does indeed seem bad. A Nescafé and biscuit is pretty poor, compared to LH who serve salads on many 1hr routes.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 23):
Very impressive report as usual. Love your style of photography also . You can tell its yours  

Hey Philip, thanks for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed the report  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 23):
As for AF an ok experience. Still not running to fly them myself but probably will just to check out the lounges  

Well if you would've found some extra time to come an meet us in Paris that day, maybe then we could've had a chance to try them out  
Quoting Departurex (Reply 25):
've often thought about that situation and how crew would react to Economy passengers reseating themselves to Business   Now I know the answer which is sad for us Economy travellers

Very true. Reseating yourself to an empty C cabin is a completely different crime. Then it makes sense to let it remain empty since people didn't pay to fly there, why should you fly there for free? Same reason grocery shops throw away old sandwiches rather then to give them away for free. "If you don't pay you get nothing"

Quoting SloAir (Reply 26):
That is early!

Hey Blaž! Yeah it's early indeed! The price you've to pay for not living near an airport.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 26):
You're kidding right? That is a great deal.

Great deal indeed, sure beats staying at a hostel (Of course I wouldn't have considered that as an option anyway).

Quoting SloAir (Reply 26):
I was a bit scared there would be no fisheye shots  

Hehe, well I didn't feel like making lens changes in the confinement of the cabin, so the wide-angle had to stay on  
Quoting JL418 (Reply 27):
Not bad at all! You've been very lucky on this holiday, haven't you? First 75€ for the AF flight, a free shuttle bus and - better still! - a gorgeous hotel for ridicolously cheap in downtown Paris..

Hey Fabrizio! Well yes I suppose I must've been pretty lucky with the money parts of the holiday. It was an okay weekend, although it could've been better if we would've done some more research about the city. Then again my friend was mostly interested in the clubbing  
Quoting JL418 (Reply 27):
but a Nescafé is somehow a little bit too downmarket for my liking.

Sure I'd much rather have a Nespresso à la SWISS, but I think Nescafé is pretty fine. For some reason it has more taste then brewed coffee, at least when consumed in-flight. Otherwise I prefer the proper stuff. Then again you're italian so you must have a different view on this 
Quoting JL418 (Reply 27):
Looks like it has been made out of Smurf leather, I don't like it at all.

Looks terrible, doesn't it!

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 28):
Many thanks for the report. Looks like you had a nice time in Paris.
Quoting sfflyer123 (Reply 29):
This is a great TR! I really enjoyed this very much. Thank you for posting it. Paris is one of my favorite cities, and I am glad that you shared some of it with us all.

Thanks for reading, I'm very glad you guys enjoyed!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 30):
Thanks very much for sharing your renewed experience with Air France and Paris. Its good to hear from someone who have taken the same flights in the past to better compare the service standards pre-and-post rebranding.

The G, thanks for reading! Yes it's nice to be able to do these kinds of comparisons between how they were then and now. I'm assuming you'll be able to do that as well on your 5th freedom experiences. Guessing the service on that hop is quite similar to what we get in Europe.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 31):
Thanks for the great story with top-quality pics! I love the pictures from Paris. I have never been there but I would love to visit some day!

Hey Robert, thanks for reading!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 31):
Not fun! I try to avoid these flights since I always have to go the night before and spend the night at ARN. But you live a little bit closer to ARN then me 

Hehe, well getting from Karlstad to Arlanda is a completely different business. Then again aren't there night busses going?

Quoting parton87 (Reply 31):
Nice with a Swedish touch on AF´s business product!

It's nice indeed! Would've been nice if they offered it in Y as well, breakfast we got wasn't too substantial.

//Jonas
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:11 am

Hi Jonas,

Nice that you secured a good deal on AF.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
The visit turned out to be quite a fiasco since I ended up getting lost while attempting to walk all the way to La Defense, my suitcase broke down and fling opened in the middle of the street (resulting in some pretty dirty laundry), and I got kicked out from a perfume store.

Hmm, I think that would be enough to put me off visiting a city again!

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
In other words we were allowed to travel for free this time, since Swebus Airport tickets are valid for three months after purchase. Not so bad after all

Surely the driver knows this as well though? It seems very strange not to validate the ticket and give you a free ride. He really must have been bleary eyed.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
I was expecting a smile and ”good morning” from the male purser, but instead the moment I entered the aircraft he instantly turned his head away, and began picking his thumbnail.

Very bad. I would have aimed a loud "Bonjour" in his direction.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
To make things worse I had a very ”Larry David” like experience when a man from Business Cut everyone in line to get to the rear lav first. It’s just silly how some simpletons think of themselves as the owner of the plane just because they’re in the premium cabin...

Like Eric said, some airlines (LX being one of them) are very strict about this. I have seen the crew send Y-class Pax to the rear of the cabin on countless occasions, even when there are only a couple of rows of business class. Yes, it's very rude to push in, but if you'd paid a C class fare for your ticket and have a constant stream of Y-Class passengers drifting through the cabin, I can understand him being somewhat irritated.

I thought the breakfast looked pretty good. When you think what a lot of carriers give you (or don't) in Y, it could have been worse.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
When I brought up my request for another cup of coffee to the senior female F/A, she gave me a strict and serious ”Non!” before looking at me angrily for five seconds. I on the other hand stood there all stunned by this, until the entire crew burst out in big ”french” laughter telling me it was just a joke.

Really bad. The crew might find it funny, but how do they know how you're going to react? Dealing with different nationalities on a daily basis... well, you have to consider carfeully whether others will find your 'joke' funny.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
unless if we were willing to pay €180 for an extra night.

Was that the going rate for the room then? If so, you certainly got a good deal.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
She strictly told me that I under no circumstances should upload that picture on Facebook. I found this quite strange, but I’m guessing she was afraid that any of the crew’s faces ended up on my pics.

Interesting she only mentioned Facebook. She obviously doesn't know airliners then!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 18):
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 11):
Nice indeed, though I don't trust two women flying the plane.

That's pretty sexist imo. I'd be interested to hear your theory behind it.

Happy flying
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:53 pm

Hey Hannah, thanks for reading! 
Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
Surely the driver knows this as well though? It seems very strange not to validate the ticket and give you a free ride. He really must have been bleary eyed.

I actually had that ticket checked the other day and it turns out it's still useable. So it'll come in very handy for my LH Italia trip next month  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
Like Eric said, some airlines (LX being one of them) are very strict about this. I have seen the crew send Y-class Pax to the rear of the cabin on countless occasions, even when there are only a couple of rows of business class. Yes, it's very rude to push in, but if you'd paid a C class fare for your ticket and have a constant stream of Y-Class passengers drifting through the cabin, I can understand him being somewhat irritated.

Surely Y pax should under no circumstances use the C pax lavatory. But in this case, there were 2 people in line for the C lav, and around 15 for Y. So clearly he should've stood in like for the C lav rather then to try acting out all snobbieness by cutting everyone in line for the Y lav. I don't care if the man payed €1million or whatever airlines charge for full fare C tickets these days, people must still show some manners.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
Was that the going rate for the room then? If so, you certainly got a good deal.

Apparently yes, not surprising since it's Paris after all  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 33):
That's pretty sexist imo. I'd be interested to hear your theory behind it.

Hehe, well I admit that was a bad joke. Then again heard a story from a colleague working as a tech on SAS at FBU back in the 90s, telling me that on one flight flown by a female cockpit crew, they were coming in for approach to FBU and a warning sounded. Instead of having one pilot locate the warning, and let the other fly the plane both of them instead got distracted by warning that they didn't realize they were flying dangerously low at an altitude of 150 feet. Suppose this doesn't apply for all female cockpit crews  

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Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:26 pm

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Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:28 pm

Hello, thanks for sharing I enjoyed it very much!  
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Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:40 am

Hi Jonas

I only just got round to reading your report. Thanks for posting, I really enjoyed that. In Europe I normally only fly short sectors of one hour or so on Air France, where service is usually close to nonexistent. So it's interesting to see what they have on offer on a longer sector. The meal on the return doesn't look that bad actually. What did it taste like?

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Dedicated to William aka Knightsofmalta, because we enjoy wearing the same kind of shoes!

Thanks, how very considerate of you! In one of my reports some guy made some derogatory comment about those shoes. Then another reader told him off about it and eventually his post was deleted altogether.

Quoting LH4116 (Thread starter):
Bonjour fellow a.netters and welcome to my last report for this summer.

What exactly do you mean? No more trip reports this year?

Cheers,
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RE: Parisian City Break à La Air France. ARN-CDG Y Rt

Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:05 pm

Hi William, thanks for reading  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 37):
So it's interesting to see what they have on offer on a longer sector. The meal on the return doesn't look that bad actually. What did it taste like?

The service was absolutely fantastic for being Economy Class in Europe. On the shorter sectors, I believe they serve a similar meal for Business Class, while Y only get a biscuit and Nescafé®.
The food tasted great, generous amount of chicken breast, veggies were fresh and crunchy. Pain pistolet however was a bit cold, which is usually the case on AF but it was fully edible and not dry. All in all quite substantial meal, and despite the portion being a tad on the small side it filled me up quite well  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 37):
Thanks, how very considerate of you! In one of my reports some guy made some derogatory comment about those shoes. Then another reader told him off about it and eventually his post was deleted altogether.

True, the chucks are great shoes for traveling I think, very comfy to wear for longer walks and they're light and easy to put on/off. Really quite stupid of the man to make that comment since it's none of his business...

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 37):
What exactly do you mean? No more trip reports this year?

Not to worry, I still have a few flights booked for the end of the year. LH, LX & SK in Business Class (and two Y sectors). Stay tuned! 

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Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:54 pm

Aren't those AF seats just vile!!
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