Hi guys, quick biz trip to good old Europe from sunny Florida, and of course I'm flying Air France which operates the Miami to Paris flight with the A380 during the winter season.
As you can see from the seat plan the Business Class cabin on the Air France A380 does not display the latest version, and we'll step into this later on.
In the meantime, for a preview of the latest Air France J cabin see my TR
: Air France, New Business Class, SIN-CDG (by ExpatFlyer Jun 30 2015 in Trip Reports)
, and for a preview of the new La Premiere Designer Suite see my TR
: Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN (by ExpatFlyer Aug 18 2015 in Trip Reports)
So all set for departing on Tue 10 Nov at 8:50pm but in the early afternoon I receive an email from Air France informing of a schedule change as the inbound A380 will arrive very late in Miami due to a detour to Toulouse en-route from Paris to Miami, and the new departure time is now set at ... 3:30am on Wed 11 Nov.
Then a second email informs me of a new flight number that from AF
099 becomes AF
4089, still with a 3:30am departure, and suggests to comply with the original check-in deadline.
Therefore by 6pm I'm at terminal H at Miami airport to discover an overcrowded area by the Air France check-in counter as on top of the delayed departure there's an additional incoming crowd reprojected on the Air France flight due to 2 cancelled flights, respectively Lufthansa and Aeroflot.
With an expected arrival at Paris now set at 6pm vs. the original 11:20am, the Air France check-in staff has to rearrange all connecting flights out of Paris, on top of providing assistance to passengers that need to re-route their itinerary or require hotel accommodation for postponing departure to the following date.
The SkyPriority line is full of passengers who are not SkyPriority and the Air France ground staff suggests me to come back after 10pm, and I follow the suggestion by getting back to the parking lot and driving back home.
By 10pm I'm back at Miami International and swiftly check-in at La Premiere counter, which displays a nice vase of roses, while commenting the handling of the huge delay with the station manager.
The Delta Sky Club lounge closes at 10pm so I'm invited to visit the LATAM lounge which is next to gate J5
and why not enjoying a late night bite with a glass of Chandon champagne from California
and there's an ample selection of cold cuts, cheeses and salads to choose from
It's still a good 4 hours before boarding, so good time to keep in touch with the Singapore office (which is only 13-hour time zones away), but midnight in Miami is 1pm in Singapore, while enjoying another round of Chandon sparkling and a look at the tarmac activity
Then at 2:45am, the expected boarding time, I walk to the departing gate J17.
flight: Air France AF 4089 (original flight number AF 099)
route: Miami International to Paris-Charles de Gaulle
class: Business Class
cabin load: 79/80
schedule: dep. Miami at 3:30am (original departure 8:50pm) - arr. Paris at 6pm (original arrival 11:20am) (8h 30')
date: Wed 11 Nov 2015
The Air France A380 features 9 First Class seats, 80 Business Class seats, 38 Premium Economy seats, and 389 Economy seats for a total of 516 seats.
Currently it flies on routes from Paris to New York (1st flight operated on 23 Nov 2009), Los Angeles, Washington, Miami, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Johannesburg and Abidjan, and from Jan 2016 Mexico City will join the A380 network.
Singapore used to receive the Air France A380 (I flew on that 3 times on the Singapore/Paris/Singapore sectors) for a good one year, from Apr 2012 to Apr 2013 when the A380 was switched to operate the Shanghai route, and today Singapore is served daily with the triple seven featuring the new cabins and routing Paris/Singapore/Jakarta.
The Business Class section is on the Upper Deck of the A380, displayed in 2 cabins, the 1st one with 26 seats from row 60 to 64 and the 2nd one with 54 seats from 65 to 73, with a 2-2-2 layout (the new Air France Business Class cabin, only available on selected B777, offers a 1-2-1 layout and outstanding comfort).
Our 2 seats, 65KL, are in the 1st row of the 2nd cabin, with 65L being a window seat.
The seat displays leather headrest and on top of the seat a large sized pillow, duvet and sleepers
and hanger and as soon as I wrap my jacket on the hanger a smiling flight attendant reaches me to take the jacket
No welcome champagne and while on the ground the F/As passes around the cabin to hand out the amenity kit
then a quick look at the in-flight magazine and safety card
next to the window seat there's a small but useful storage compartment
Then the menu cards are being handed out
I'll present the dinner menu later on when we get to the dinner service.
In the meantime we are still on the ground as the take-off is delayed to 4:30am, so why not reading some commercial aviation magazine? guess which one
End eventually time to depart, and while taxiing we enjoy the creative safety instructions
20 minutes for taxiing while watching the airport from the camera, and taking-off at 4:45am
And soon it's dinner time served well beyond 5am.
The menu selection presents the following:
gourmet appetizer and seasonal salad with sun-dried tomatoes: pheasant terrine with figs, pan-searedscallops with mango and seaweed salad
choice of main course:
Pan-seared tournedos of beef, port wine sauce, scalloped potatoes, ratatouille
Sauteed hake fish with americaine sauce, braised fennel, flat beans
Vegetable risotto with butternut squash sauce, eggplant, shimmer mushrooms
Today's suggestions: roasted traditional-style free-range spring chicken, bacon, mushrooms, Provencal-style simmered vegetables, buttered broccoli
Selection of cheese
macaron, Grand Marnier almond cake
chocolate cake with Granny Smith apples
sorbet and fresh fruit salad
So let's start with the gourmet appetizer, accompanied by Duval-Leroy Brut Champagne
and for main course I select the beef tournedos with mustard, and accompanied by Pessac-Leognan 2010 Les Chenes-de-Bouscaut Bordeaux Rouge
considering the time (we departed with almost 8 hours delay) also the cheese tray is served along with the main course
and to conclude strawberry sorbet and cognac
A quick look at the in-flight route right before a nap
Just a good 3-hour nap and time for a good espresso coffee
and a walk to the "museum" area (which nobody uses and would be well turned into a bar-lounge)
and the stairway to the main deck
Back to my seat and a look at The Little Prince movie
Thanks to the tail winds from the Kate tropical storm over the Atlantic, the flight takes only 7h 45', and one hour prior to landing continental breakfast is being served
at 6:25pm Paris time we land at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, and by 6:45pm we reach the terminal E
That's all folks!
Thank you for reading and feel free to leave your comments or check out my other trip reports:
Air France, La Premiere Designer Suite, CGK-SIN (by ExpatFlyer Aug 18 2015 in Trip Reports)
Air France, New Business Class, SIN-CDG (by ExpatFlyer Jun 30 2015 in Trip Reports)
Hawaiian, First, HNL-OAK + Delta, First, SFO-LAX (update) (by ExpatFlyer Jul 18 2015 in Trip Reports)
Garuda, Business Class, MEL-DPS-CGK (by ExpatFlyer Aug 21 2015 in Trip Reports)
Dallas With Delta, FLL-ATL-DAL & DFW-ATL-FLL (by ExpatFlyer Jul 18 2015 in Trip Reports)
Air Asia, Office Commuting Between SIN-KUL-SIN (by ExpatFlyer Jul 27 2015 in Trip Reports)
Ukraine Int'l Airlines, Business Class, KBP-MXP & KBP-FCO (by ExpatFlyer Sep 5 2015 in Trip Reports)
Singapore Airlines, Business Class, KUL-SIN-MXP (by ExpatFlyer Oct 3 2015 in Trip Reports)
[Edited 2015-11-14 10:17:21]