Review of Air France flight Pointe-à-Pitre Port-au-Prince in Economy

Airline Air France
Flight AF606
Class Economy
Seat 6F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 02:00
Take-off 21 Mar 18, 16:35
Arrival at 21 Mar 18, 18:35
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Loouri
By GOLD 865
Published on 11th November 2018
Hi everybody,

This report deals with the first part of the flight AF606 (between Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe and Port-Au-Prince, Haïti). This flight is operated with an A320 "Carribean network".

After PAP and MIA, we have others flights (with AA) to go to Denver (our final destination), the routing:


21/03 - AF 606 PTP-PAP here you are
21/03 - AF 606 PAP-MIA here (french)
23/03 - AA 2586 MIA-DFW Here (french)
23/03 - AA 2356 DFW-DEN Here (french)
06/04 - AA 2342 DEN-MIA Here( french)
06/04 - AF 606 MIA-PAP Soon
06/04 - AF606 PAP-PTP Soon


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The two AF's A320 are based in Pointe-a-Pitre and do flights to Cayenne via Fort-de-France (Martinique) and to Miami via Port-au-Prince (this report). I decided to do the flight PTP-PAP-MIA in two parts.



Before you start, you have to know that my initial flight was Thursday, 22nd but AF and Air traffic control was on strike, and i have been moved on Wednesday 21st by FlyingBlue, it has been fast and easy.





My flight is previously expected at 4:35pm, I decided to be at the airport at 2pm, but the day before Air France send me an email to ask to be at the airport at 1pm . For me, it's impossible, I finish High school at half past twelve.



Finally I arrive at the airport and it's only 1:20pm, not bad.


I'm going to Terminal 2 to check-in.
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I check the FIDS, and I see a little star "The recording of the flight AF606 is made at Terminal 1". Good, so I go to Terminal 1 and I discover that the tail for AF606 is the same that the queue for the flight AF793 to Paris Orly… Not really practical.
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After that, we have to come back to Terminal 2 to cross the police. I don't know the utility of doing that…

Some norwegian ads.
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And airways counters oerating from T2


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The border Police
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And after cross the Police at Terminal Two, we don't come back to Terminal 1 waiting room (as we do for Norwegian) we go to T2 waiting room !
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With obviously ATR to Carribean islands
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Air Transat from YYZ or YUL in 737.
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I rarely come in T2. The style is modern and colorful. Theer is a little Duty-free. The building is shaped like a round, with a beautiful architecture. Negative point, the room is too small for all passengers, there are flights to SJU, SFG, FDF, SXM, ANU, my flight to PAP and MIA, electrical outlets are missing. It should be noted that the Airport wi-fi access (furnished by Orange Guadeloupe) works very well.


In this wednesday afternoon, there are no many planes, but there are some..

Air Canada Rouge going to Montreal.

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Air France season flight from CDG (in normal time 2 Beoing 777 to Orly per day, in season it's 2 777 to orly and 1 A343 to CDG !).
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Air Caraibes from Orly with an A359
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I missed the XL Airways A332 from Marseille. XL Airways operated new connections from France : Lyons, Marseille, Toulouse, Lille, Brest and Nantes. Paris-CDG still operated.


At 4:30pm, the boarding begin, with usual "No-Photo" but I brave the laws and here are some pictures:

The plane is the same as for my flight ATL-PTP (here (french))

But nearby theer is the second plane with Paris Olympic Games livery from Atlanta to Cayenne.


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And our plane to PAP and MIA.
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The terminal from outside. I find it very beautiful, it looks like the "Memorial ACTE" museum or the "MUCem" Museum at Marseille.
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Some fuselage shoots
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the pilots
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The other A320 with XL 332 from MRS.
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The pitch
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the cup holder very usefull.
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Very usefull USB socket
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We pushback at 4:45pm
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A343 Air France to CDG
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The runaway
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An Air Antilles Express ATR
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A350 TX and 777 AF
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738 Norwegian
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about-face and take-off.
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View of the old South Terminal with Control Tower, and in background the town of Pointe-a-Pitre
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After that, we start to fly-over the "Grands-fonds" (inland), and we can see "Le Gosier" and "Sainte-Anne" cities.


The north of Grande-Terre
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That's (sorry for quality and clouds) the channel where slaves landed at the time of the colonies (I remind that Guadeloupe was a french colony but not anymore. Now that's we what we call a "DROM" (in french Departement ou Région d'Outre-Mer" we can traduce it by "overseas department".
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Some reading with safety card.
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A little text abouth PTP-ATL new connection.
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Our engine with in background the island of Montserrat. We can easily see the marks of ash pours after volcano eruption in february 2010. The capital Plymouth has been totally ravaged and now nobody lives at Plymouth, but the city still the capital of the island. Actually, it's the only uninhabited capital in the wolrd.
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There was choice between cheese or chicken sandwiches (i have chosen cheese), and drkins come after, as on lufthansa.
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After passing by Santo-Domingo, we start the descent to PAP. The border between Dominican Republic and Haiti is mountainous, it'"/>photo img_1118
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Caiman Lake
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We cross 10000 feats, mountains are lower, we begin to see Port-Au-Prince outskirts. Port-Au-Prince is a very big city (1million inhabitants) very extended, but very poor.
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We continue our descent, but we are higher than usual. Few seconds after I see it, the cockpit announces "Cabin crew, go around". I was not the only one to have seen it, luckily pilots saw it.
The plane goes back, this allows to take beautiful pictures.
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Touchdown at 6:50pm.
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Sun from land
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the tarmac with AA and the local company Sunrise.
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American to Miami too
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Sunrise
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we then go down to the transit room, so that the Americans can inspect the plane before being in Miami. We are given a little paper for the transit


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Flight Radar 24

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the go around
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Thanks you for reading, stay tuned for the following fligths to Miami (then Denver) (fligths already available in French) !
Louri.

I'm sorry for potiental mistakes of English.

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Verdict

Air France

8.1/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering7.5

Pointe-à-Pitre - PTP

9.0/10
Efficiency8.5
Access9.5
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Port-au-Prince - PAP

8.4/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

PTP: A nice ride between the two terminals but useless. Terminal 2 is too small for so many people. Good point for high-speed wi-fi.

AF: Standard flight of Air France Regional network. The catering is better than before but still light. Functional USB socket. A wi-fi access might be interesting to compete with American (A319/E175 and 738) and Norwegian (news 738). Cabin crew was nice.

PAP : Can't be impartial because of the destructions caused by the 2010 earthquake. I can say that major efforts have been made since.

Information on the route Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) Port-au-Prince (PAP)

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