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Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:49 pm

Hi guys, I wanted to test the new Air France La Premiere Designer Suite, and the opportunity came last week on my way back from a short 1 day biz trip to Melbourne, Australia.

Being Platinum for Life with Air France, my preferred airlines of choice come within the SkyTeam family, so when I had to plan this trip to Australia I checked with Garuda, and on the way back to Singapore I flew Garuda business class from Melbourne to Jakarta via Denpasar so that I could easily connect from Jakarta to Singapore with the Air France flight that features the new La Premiere Suite.

I have planned this La Premiere trip with our Chief Creative Officer, who flew in on purpose from Singapore and whom I met at the Garuda First Class lounge at Jakarta airport for then continuing together back to Singapore.

Singapore got the privilege of being the first country, and first AF destination to receive the new 4 cabins which have been conceived and designed with the passenger in mind, and reflecting the art of welcoming guests “a la francaise".

Featuring the new long-haul products and services, with the new La Premiere Suites, the new Business Class, and the new Premium Economy and Economy class cabins, Air France debuted on 29 September 2014 with the first fully fitted aircraft, a Boeing B777-300ER, flying the Paris/Singapore/Jakarta route and back, with flight numbers AF254 and AF259.

I can imagine the question: why Singapore?
And the answer is quite simple: Singapore is the leading Asian business, trade and financial hub at the strategic core of the 10 economies of the ASEAN markets which are experiencing strong economic growth; Singapore is France's third major trading partner in Asia, and Singapore is home to over 600 French companies which have elected the Lion City as regional HQ.

For those of you more interested, or with an interest, in business and trade aspects, the following is the link to my column "Here's why Singapore is Air France's first destination for new luxury in-flight service" which has been published on the Singapore Business Review magazine on 22 Dec 2014, and offers a snapshot on the trade and FDI flows between France and Singapore:
http://sbr.com.sg/aviation/commentar...ation-new-luxury-in-flight-service

Back to the flight and last Thursday 13 August after a pleasant 6-hour flight from Melbourne to Denpasar and a 90-minute connecting flight to Jakarta I was met at the arrival gate by an Air France representative who escorted me to the La Premiere check-in counter.

flight: AF 259
route: Jakarta-Cengkareng to Singapore-Changi
aircraft: B777-200ER
suites 1A and 1E
class: La Premiere
cabin load: 2/4
schedule: dep. Jakarta at 7:30pm - arr. Singapore at 10:25pm am (1h 55')

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The La Premiere check-in counter was in place just for the 2 of us as we were the only 2 pax flying La Premiere from Jakarta, and upon arrival my boarding pass was already printed and presented to me with the stylish red ticket folder for La Premiere passengers

With no luggage to check, just carry-on, the Air France representative escorted me to the immigration counter, skipping the queue and passing via the diplomatic line where i simply dropped passport and boarding pass to an officer and walked straight away to the Garuda First Class lounge (both passport and boarding pass were later forwarded back to me in the lounge by the Air France representative who took care of the formalities).

La Premiere passengers are welcome to use the First class lounge operated by Garuda, with a dedicated section exclusively for First Class passengers:

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The section is on the lower level of the larger business class lounge, separated by a red cordon, and accessible via an escalator.
I was the second passenger in the lounge as my colleague arrived one hour before me and enjoyed the very same assistance from the arrival gate to check-in, immigration and lounge.
And until departure the 2 of us will be the only 2 guests in the First Class lounge.

The lounge features an animated piano playing classic music, individual seating areas and a dining area.

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Upon arrival we were welcomed with a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne accompanied by a fruit plate and a bottle of mineral water, all presented by a gracious lounge hostess who unfortunately could not speak English so the communication was rather basic

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We then tried the a-la-carte dining available from the Garuda First Class Menu:

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My colleague selected the canapé with prawn, cucumber and herb cream cheese as appetiser while I opted for romano chicken caesar salad, to be followed by the same main course of Atlantic red snapper, mashed potatoes infused with truffle oil, sautéed mix herb vegetables.
And the above accompanied by a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve champagne (on the morning Garuda flight from Melbourne to Denpasar I was offered the Billecart-Salmon Brut rose').

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Frankly the impression of the lounge and the service was weak: lounge staff not well trained and unable to speak English.
When asking what champagne labels were available I got a "yes" twice as an answer, and when asked again the answer was "vodka".
The champagne bottle was not presented in its ice bucket, food presentation quite basic and particularly the red snapper has a fast food look which also reflected in the lack of flavour as it was overcooked and tasteless.
These are details which are essential for a First Class passenger who expects the highest level of service according to the class of travel (if I travel Air Asia from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur I do not place any expectation, but when I travel business or first class that's when I do expect a certain level of style and become demanding).

Anyway it was time for boarding and at 6:45pm the 2 Air France representatives who welcomed us upon arrival came to pick us up and escorted us to the D07 gate and all the way up to the aircraft door.

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Upon entering the B777-200 we were greeted by the chief cabin and the La Premiere f/a, and once seated the captain passed by to say hi.

It was a sort of family reunion because we recognized some familiar faces from the cabin team whom we met several times on the Paris to Miami and back sectors (great sunny Florida), so we exchanged few chats.

In the meantime a glass of Bollinger La Grande Annee 2004 was served while we took position in our suites, 1A for me and 1E for my colleague and business partner.

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The new Air France La Premiere suite, an exclusive environment where well-being, rest, and peace of mind blend in harmony in the 4 individual suites displayed in a 1-2-1 layout.

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The seat fully stretches out to become a bed over 2 meters long with a mattress and a pillow fit for the world's best hotels.

In between a second round of Bollinger champagne the welcome amenity kit exclusively designed by Givenchy pour La Premiere and the exclusive pyjama have been handed out

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And right before taking off the dining menu and wine list are distributed

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The short flight from Jakarta to Singapore features just a light meal composed by:

Breast of duck with five-spice seasoning, mango salad
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Filler of salmon with fennel and Pernod sauce
steamed potatoes and baby vegetables
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Fresh fruit salad

But the wine list is fully available and includes some of the best wine selections, starting with the great Bollinger La Grande Anee 2004 champagne and featuring:
one innovative rose wine - Cote de Provence Domaines Ott Clos Mirelle 2014
one white wine - Vallee du Rhone, Les Casinos Condrieu 2013 Paul Jaboulet Aine
two red wines - Bourgogne Beaune Premier Cru Champimonts 2009 and Bordeaux Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot Premier Grand Cru Classe 2008 au 2010

And now let's give a look at the suite environment

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And dinner time, and the finest designers of French tableware created what is a unique experience.

A clean white tablecloth to present a collection designed by Jean-Marie Massaud with the clean lines of a porcelain plate by Bernardaud, bevelled glasses and cutlery from the house of Christofle, and the winged seahorse of Air France adorns each of these creations:

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The outstanding rose wine from the Roederer Champagne estate

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The duck breast has been changed on the spot with a trio of salmon and filet

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The delicious fillet of salmon presented in its cocotte

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accompanying the salmon with the Viogner, a great white wine produced by a small vineyard in the northernmost area of the Rhone valley

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and to conclude the dining experience, a good espresso and a box of chococlate

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One hour and a half literally flew away in the best possible way: a great designer suite, posh and elegant, the epitome of refined luxury, without the gold and kitch glamour of the suites of other airlines, enjoying great wines and good food, and the great charm of a highly professional and friendly La Premiere chief cabin attendant with whom we talked most of the flight exchanging our quarter of a century experience in flying with Air France, from the Concorde to the A380

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That's all folks and hope you do enjoy this TR, and until the next one I wish you all the best.

[Edited 2015-08-18 07:45:24]
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jetwet1
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RE: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:06 pm

Quoting ExpatFlyer (Thread starter):
a great designer suite, posh and elegant, the epitome of refined luxury, without the gold and kitch glamour of the suites of other airlines,

Thank you for taking the time to post.

My first thought was "wow, that looks nice", as you say, luxury without the bling, a very nice understated way of doing it.
 
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RE: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:39 pm

Looks superb, no skimping for short sectors! That cabin is very elegant!
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RE: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:06 pm

Fantastic for such a short 1 1/2 hour flight.

The US airlines serve zip even in F on a 3 hour flight.
 
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RE: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:05 pm

Refined and classy. The product, and your TR were top notch. A product I would be interested to try out of my home airport BOS. Not sure we get a four class bird!?!?
 
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RE: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:02 pm

Great TR...

Quoting ExpatFlyer (Thread starter):
I could easily connect from Jakarta to Singapore with the Air France flight that features the new La Premiere Suite.

Sorry, how much does this experience cost in F from CGK to SIN?
You may ask, why I ask such stupid question and not searching by myself - but SkyTeam is the absolute nightmare in terms of booking.
On my country webpage CGK is not possible to select as point of the departure, on AF Indonesian web-page you will be redirected to KLM Webpage - which doesn't seem to offer FIRST to select! No wonder you 2 were alone....
 
mickster
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RE: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:30 pm

Based on a random Matrix search at the end of November:
- one-way in F with AF is €1,081 (slightly less than SQ at €1,161)
- return in F with AF is €1,471 (much less than SQ at €1,946)
This is dirty cheap!

Just to put things into perspective ... for an upcoming business trip, flying OS VIE WAW return in B will cost my employer €890 (it is €1,133 in D) ...
 
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RE: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:04 am

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 3):
The US airlines serve zip even in F on a 3 hour flight.

Hi lychemsa, indeed you are right, this is the dinner service on a recent Delta flight in First Class from New York-JFK to Fort Lauderdale, an almost 3-hour flight.

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Of course apples with apples, so the 2 flights are not comparable as the Jakarta to Singapore is a tag-on for the Singapore to Paris flight, and it is operated by a B777 and not by a B717 as in the case of the Delta flights on the New York to Florida routes, but definitely service in domestic First Class should be improved in terms of quality, presentation and image.
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RE: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:09 am

Quoting debonair (Reply 5):
how much does this experience cost in F from CGK to SIN?

Hi Debonair, I had actually 2 different tickets, one for Garuda and one for Air France.

The one way First Class fare from Jakarta to Singapore is priced in USD at $1,170 plus tax, giving a total in Singapore dollars of SGD1,642.20 (equivalent to EUR 1,059).

flight bookings available on the Singapore website of Air France at www.airfrance.sg
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RE: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:13 am

Quoting fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
Looks superb, no skimping for short sectors! That cabin is very elegant!
Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 1):
My first thought was "wow, that looks nice", as you say, luxury without the bling
Quoting woody1974 (Reply 4):
Refined and classy.

Yes, indeed a very elegant suite reflecting the art of living "a-la-francaise" with all details working towards passenger's relaxation.
Truly a unique experience.

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Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:34 am

Hi ExpatFlyer, another fantastic report! It's amazing to see the full F service on such a short sector. It looks like you enjoyed every minute of it! I particularly like the china as well as the salmon in the cocotte.

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Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:48 am

Quoting Coal (Reply 10):
Hi ExpatFlyer, another fantastic report! It's amazing to see the full F service on such a short sector. It looks like you enjoyed every minute of it! I particularly like the china as well as the salmon in the cocotte.

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Hi Coal, thank you, much appreciated.
And yes, I did enjoy all the details and every single minute of too short 90-minute flight.
As a matter of fact it's the details that make the difference: the porcelain plates by Bernardaud, the elegant bevelled glasses by Christofle (even more classy thanks to the thin crystal), the merino wool blanket, the Givenchy amenity kit, and so on, and that's once summed up makes the difference between a suite and an elegant suite.

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Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:07 am

It looks like a nice upgrade in the Air France service.
 
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Sat Aug 22, 2015 12:43 pm

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 12):
It looks like a nice upgrade in the Air France service.

Yes, the upgrade is part of the Air France's Best & Beyond project to move upmarket for a completely new travel experience by rising the bar of new standards in the airline industry.

This upmarket move focuses on the quality of the customer relation and is based on 5 attitudes:
- Make others feel unique: ensure that each customer feels unique
- Value: be attentive to the product the customer has purchased and ensure that what Air France provides reflects this.
- Show passengers care: generosity, empathy, the ability to establish close links
- Make details count
- Take initiative: believe in the talent of staff, in the human aspect and in the history of the airline.

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Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:05 pm

I love how "French" it is... understated, sophisticated with an attention to detail, especially in the meal service. And all these years after they introduced it their uniform for cabin crew is still top notch.
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Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:06 pm

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 14):
I love how "French" it is... understated, sophisticated with an attention to detail, especially in the meal service. And all these years after they introduced it their uniform for cabin crew is still top notch.

Hi sq_ek_freak, yes, Air France did manage to conceive and develop a sophisticated product which is overall elegant and that's what makes the difference when compared to other suites, and as said before that's in line with their Best & Beyond customer approach.
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RE: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN

Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:28 am

The Air France destinations currently receiving the new La Premiere Designer Suite are the following:

· USA: New York-JFK

· UAE: Dubai

· Japan: Tokyo-Haneda

· ASEAN: Singapore - Jakarta

while the destinations receiving the new Business Class cabin are the following:

· USA: New York-JFK - Washington - Los Angeles

· Canada: Toronto

· Brazil: Sao Paulo

· Africa: Douala - Malabo - Yaoundé

· UAE: Dubai

· China: Guangzhou - Shanghai

· Japan: Tokyo-Haneda

· ASEAN: Singapore - Jakarta

For a trip report on the new Air France Business class cabin please view: Air France, New Business Class, SIN-CDG (by ExpatFlyer Jun 30 2015 in Trip Reports)

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