We arrived a bit early (for me at least) at the airport: 11am for 1:30pm flight. We drove by car (a rental) to the airport. Drop-off the car was quick.
Check-in: easy, nobody Security: easy, skypriority (we had to ask if there were a priority lane. Nothing is shown, except a fastrack lane without any explanations).
The international part of the airport is very well done and nice. There is even an aquarium. It's not very big but the feeling is very nice. The airport has been improved thanks to the Olympics. Before, it wasn't as nice.
Direction to the new Skyteam lounge. The two ladies at the entrance weren't very welcoming. It was the contrary inside the lounge. We were welcomed by a lady, asking if we wanted a work space and if we wanted a tour of the lounge (a lady welcomed every guest asking if they wanted a tour). I really appreciated this. The personal was present in the lounge which is not big and very attentionate and active. The lougne has the skyteam signature with a lot of wood. I really like the atmosphere of these lounges. Wonton noodle soup and dim sum on demand. There were quite good. Wine on tap. Newspapers and magazines mainly in Korean or Japanese. Poor selections to my taste. But most of the flights are for Asia so it sort of make sense but I was hoping to have a better selection of US and Canadian newspapers and magazines (Globe and Mail, NY Times, Time, ..).
Boarding: easy by zone. Except that nobody told us the boarding will be by zone at the check-in. Was a bit chaotic as usual as people are afraid that the plane is going to leave without him so they start the line-up way in advance.
A view of the premium economy on my way to the rear of the plane. It was the old cabin for the business and premium eco. No AF magazine, cup holder broken. The seats are a bit shifted compared to the front row which means that the tablet is also a bit shifted. Not a super big deal but not very practical. Same seats than for the flight to go to Vancouver. Good space for economy.
Some spotting before take-off
Entertainment center: not impressed by new releases. Quite slow to use, I was surprised.
Food: Coleslaw: nice but very peppery and spicy Pasta: a bit cold, very tomatoes taste. Didn't really like it Apple sauce: was nice Cheddar: well, it's cheddar not my cup of tea Wine: well, it's plane wine. So not great, but not too bad
Some views from the plane during the flight:
Breakfast: well it's breakfast in a plane; I never find it good whatever companies
Arrival at CDG:
30 min late because of the late arrival of the plane in Vancouver; Pouring rain in Paris as you can see on the pictures
View of Vancouver and suburbs
Hockey game in Vancouver: Canucks vs LA Kings
View of Vancouver downtown
Meat and Bread restaurant. The best sandwiches in Vancouver
Views of Surrey and Langley
Vancouver - YVR
Paris - CDG
Another good flight. Almost as good in term of comfort than the previous flight to go to Vancouver. But several little details made it a bit less nice: cup holder broken, no AF magazine, seats a bit shifted compared to the front row.
The male flight attendant in charge of our row was very good. Very attentionate and attentive to requests. My wife asked for a cappuccino, there was none in his trolley and it wasn't planned. But he asked one of his colleagues to prepare one. He acknowledged I was a Platinum and we chatted a bit about AF. He was already very nice before that with other people but even nicer with my wife and me after that !!! The female flight attendants were less nice (nothing sexist here but a fact for this flight). It's why I put 9 for the cabin crew grade.
I didn't get luck with the main meal as I don't like mushrooms so I had to take the pasta meal and I know it's never great.
CDG was super fluid as NOT usual. The plane arrived at terminal 2E hall K and the exit of the plane was just at the custom gate, just 3 min walk, very nice. There was almost nodody so it took us 10 min to pass the custom with the Skypriority lane. Lugguage delivery was another story. Expected at 9:14am and started to be delivered at 9:36am. It felt very, very long. It's the reason why I put 5 for CDG services grade.
Thanks to the flight attendant (I forgot his name), it was a very good flight.
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