Review of Air France flight Paris London in Economy

Airline Air France
Flight AF1280
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 01:20
Take-off 21 Jun 15, 16:00
Arrival at 21 Jun 15, 16:20
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Published on 1st July 2016
Hello everyone!

Here is a new FR.

I found a cheap flight with Air France and as i had some days off i decided to meet up some friends living in London.

I bought the "mini" tariff proposed by Air France. It's possible to get miles within this tariff for certain journeys.
I paid 94 euros (78 £) to go and return of course this price only includes a hand luggage but being a shyteam elite plus member i could carry a hold luggage as well.

My journey starts out in the centre of Paris behind the national opera which links the centre to CDG airport.

This shuttle costs 11 euros (9£).

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After 40 mins we arrive at Terminal 1 with a view of the famous Concorde, still the fastest airliner of the world.

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Some birds from Terminal 2C

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And at last the terminal 2E i'm ahead of time (like 3 hours but with traffic we never know) .

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Drop off for the passengers "La Première".

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Check-in area i like this mood light+ the terminal is quite modern and pretty calm at this time.

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For now i go to the check-in area. Thanks to my Skyteam card i could use the Skyteam Priority counters but actually i could have used any counters there's so bit of people.

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The Air France staff will be friendly and will indicate me how to join the airport security controls.

In barely 10 minutes i passed through this control and customs.

When you finished with security controls you arrive in duty free area.

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Before going to the lounge i decide to walk a bit around.

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Let's see the aircrafts of the day.

A lot of B777 today.



Then it's time to go to the lounge i didn't take my lunch yet.

The lounge is located in a corner between 2 Duty Free shops. If if there's a lift to the lower level where is the Air France Lounge entrance i decided to walk down there.

It's hardly to guess that a lounge is downstairs.

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The guard will be nice and will kindly inform me to check the screens as there's any announcement.

When you're in front of the entrance you see 2 corridors. One leading you to the lunchroom, the rest area, the showers and the Clarins lounge where you can get a free facial massage but you have to register and wait your turn (as there's only one employee all the schedules are usually already taken).

However as i arrive in advance i could find a free schedule of 15 mins but i must wait like 1 hour. That's fair :).

The lunchroom+ rest area

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Shower.

The case is composed of shower gel, razor, tootbrush and tootpaste,…





Then i'm going to the second part of the lounge bigger and more comfortable according to me.

At least we can see some birds and you have 2 floors.

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From the 1st floor

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2nd floor

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I'll stay in the 2nd floor apparently bit of people think of getting upstairs.

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The french press is the most present.

The 2 main topics are the Brexit and the european cup of football.

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Bar

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And here is the catering choice. I must recognize that we have a broad choice and the food is tasty.



After the lunch i'll get my facial massage. The Clarins staff will be a bit cold.

For the little story the woman will notice seeing my face that i'm cut. Indeed when i was in the shower i tried to shave with the Air France razor into the case.

She will tell me: "i'm nt surprised you're not the 1st one. The razors proposed by Air France are the baddest by far.

At least she's honest even if… we are in the Air France lounge i didn't expect that from her. It's a good point for Clarins but a bad one for Air France.

Sorry i didn't take picture of the Clarins lounge.

As i embark in 15 mins i come back to the terminal.

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Almost ready for boarding!

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The boarding is a bit messy. the flight to Moscow is embarking just next to our gate and i don't know exactly what did the staf but we are suddently mixed up with this flight.

We lose 5 mins to sort passengers. In the Sky Priority line we are 2 going to London and 3 going to Moscow!

After that we can go!

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MY A319 of the day!

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The A319 of AF are already equipped with the new medium haul cabin.
I like the style.

Business class

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Economy class

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Correct legroom.

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Hook for jacket.

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Loading luggages. Hope mine will be onboard too i didn't see it.

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Then we leave our gate and follow the other A319 going to Moscow.

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Last view of the T2E.

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B757 Delta

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AF and his friends!

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Still following the russian colleague.

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And before joining the runway we are suddenly passed by an Embraer from HOP. Tss those teenargers… they don't respect their eldests.

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Our turn!

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I'm just behing the business class. The curtain is a bit bothersome.

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Safety instructions

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Magazine of the month.

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In spite of the 45mins of flight we will get an houmous sandwich this is a good suprise for a so short flight.

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After barely 20 mins we are overe the channel. On the left the UK coast while on the right the french one.
At this moment the captain annouces us that we will get 10 mins of delay due to the saturation of LHR and adds "no worries it's something normal with LHR!"

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England we're coming!

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The Thames

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London eye + Big Ben.

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Hyde Park

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Landing in LHR airport.

As we landed in the north runway we have to cross all the airport to join the terminal 4 where all the shyteam memeber landing in Heathrow airport are hosted (except Delta which takes off from the T3).

We pass behind this big kangaroo.

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The little british bro of the master of the airport.

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The master is surely not so far away.

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The T4 we will park beside Saudia.

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The T4… modern and clean.

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To join the centre 2 main possibilities:

The Heathrow express reachs the centre in 15 mins but it's soo expensive: 22 £ the way! (36£ to go and return).

I'll reach the centre by the second and cheapest way. The underground for 4£ and 45 mins of patience.

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See you soon for the flight back!

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Verdict

Air France

7.6/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew6.5
Entertainment/wifi6.5
Meal/catering9.0

Air france Lounge - 2E, Hall K

8.9/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering9.0
Entertainment/wifi9.5
Services8.0

Paris - CDG

8.9/10
Efficiency9.0
Access8.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness10.0

London - LHR

9.5/10
Efficiency9.5
Access10.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Overall a good experience.

CDG airport: quiet and clean. Very fast to pass controls.

The lounge was comfortable with a good catering.
The Clarins lounge is a great idea just 1 or 2 more employees would allow more passengers to benefit the service.

The flight: good medium haul flight it wasn't a wonderful flight nor a very bad one. Crew was polited.

Air France remains for me a good european airlines at the level of his competitors in Europe.

LHR airport: modern clean and very practical. It main problem is it fast saturation but the construction of a third runway is underway.

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1 Comments

  • Comment 355816 by
    jish.b SILVER 258 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this short haul segment on Air France.

    The terminal 2E looks very nice for sure. The lounge looks fantastic!

    The catering looks very decent for such a short flight, too. Nice pictures to go along!

    I think its an A320 operating to Moscow, looking at the overawing exit doors...

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