Back to Paris! No wide-bodies this time. Simply flying on an Airbus A319.
But its a new aircraft type on my growing list of Air France flights!
Long story short- I got £25 off a flight with Air France as a birthday voucher- so I booked a spotting day trip to Paris CDG as I still have a valid spotters permit.
So I get to T4 and after going airside via a short buzz through security, I swear it gets quicker each time! I was at the Heathrow Viewing Gallery air side at T4!
Spotting for an hour or so, I went down to see where my gate was, and I found it. Right next to the Viewing Deck…
I boarded the A319 and took my seat at the rear half of the plane, sitting just behind the wing.
We pushed back on time and made it to the end of the runway in good time, We didn't have long a wait as we were still ahead of the main rush period.
We departed LHR, it was a clear morning- so the views across England was brilliant!
Within 20 minutes we had turned south, gone to cruising altitude and the cabin crew began serving breakfast for the flight.
The flight breakfast consisted of a Pain Au Chocolate pastry and a hot drink- I tried the Cappuccino. I asked for the meal in French, I don't speak it fluently- but I do like to brush up on a little bit of second language if I travel abroad, its only politeness, although the Dutch generally don't mind using English……
France & Paris was covered by clouds compared to clear sunny England & London. But we had some nice cloud surfing during our initial decent on this short hop!
Landing at Paris CDG, we parked up and I vacated the plane, getting through security- I went straight to Terminal 1 from Terminal 3 to begin a very lucrative spotting trip!
Take off at CDG:
My flight home that evening was cut short when my GoPro overheated and shut off in the last half of the flight, so here is a compilation of this incomplete flight……..
Including the weirdly pink sandwich!
London - LHR
Paris - CDG
Air France- Nice solid product on such a short hop. Better than BA and EZY who also operate the route from LTN & LHR, respectively, seats were comfortable for a short hop, though not sure if they'd stand in the same regard on a longer trip!
London Heathrow- Terminal 4 is great for getting through security as its the quietest of the 4 active terminals. The viewing deck is my favourite amenity!
Paris CDG- For once I didn't wait at Passport Control. I got through in 10 minutes from Plane to past the check point. Spotting views were quite nice from T1, just don't bother the taxis or airport staff and its great- just make sure you have your permit to avoid unnecessary trouble!
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