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I usually only publish reports in French but under these special times, I have decided to translate some interesting reports I have :) On the 20th of May, Air France announced that its 9 remaining A380 will not be flying anymore. I am even happier to share with you my last (only flight actually^^) on an Air France A380!
I chose Air France which offers one of the best values for money between France and the US, with up to 5 daily flights to JFK.
Rainy arrival at CDG Terminal 2E, where all Air France Non Schengen flights depart.
Very crowded morning at CDG, far from what we can see now…
Check-in process took 20 minutes.
Immigration clearance was fast, let's move to concourse M, CDG most recent building.
Security scan was fast, with lots of Chinese speaking agents due to the increasing number of flights between China and Paris.
S4 is definitely my favourite concourse at CDG. It's modern, luminous and spacious.
I will be flying today with F-HPJF, a 9-year old Air France A380 currently under storage at Teruel Airport in Spain.
F-HPJJ will be departing to Washington DC.
A350 will be replacing Air France A380's. I don't think it will be the case for flights to New-York for which I think B77W are better suited, since they have more Business and First seats than A350. We'll see what happens :)
A large queue is already there in gate M46. Flight will be full today.
I will board with the last passengers to avoid the crowd.
B777-300ER Saudia, A380-800 Air France, A321 Joon and A320 Alitalia.
Let's board this amazing aircraft :)
Warm welcome on board, let's move to the last Eco cabin.
Another warm welcome from the crew in charge of our Eco cabin, a very good first impression!
Captain announced a 7h25 journey to reach JFK. We pushed back at 2h47PM with a delay of 47 minutes…
Old fashioned IFE…
Taxi to CDG south pair of runways.
A330-200 Kuwait Airways
Only positive aspect of IFE system, the live camera :)
Take-off at 3PM in an enjoyable quiet atmosphere^^
Flaps size impressed me a lot…
Some blue sky
As soon as the "Fasten your seatbelt" sign was turned-off, cabin crew came with a refreshing towel and the menu.
Very simple food will be served, but it's perfectly what I am expecting when flying Economy.
Nice flight over the Normandy coast in Calvados :)
A shorter journey than my previous Singapore to Paris flight :)
Flying over Cotentin, northern part of Normandy.
L’Anse de Vauville, a nice 11 km beach.
Flamanville nuclear power station, which is still under construction with a huge delay (and political scandal).
Time for French "apéro" with a glass of Champagne of course :)
Lunch was served quickly after.
Starter was well seasoned.
Dish was fine with taste and enough quantity.
And a very good desert :)
Overall a nice lunch for an Economy flight :)
Overview of the last Eco cabin of the A380, a good choice with a smaller cabin than the main cabin. The best Eco cabin was (let's use the past now…) at the first deck, but was already full when I booked.
Nothing special during the cruise, cabin crew came often to see if everything was fine. A small bar was also available in the galley.
Legroom was decent, but seat was old… But a better experience than a 777 flight!
Biggest issue was with the old IFE system, content was rich but image and sound quality were far from customers' expectations in 2019.
A pre-arrival snack was served 1h30 before we reached JFK.
Quality and quantity were decent, good job Air France :)
We finally started our descent to JFK.
Nice French touch before landing!
Captain announced a landing at 4h45PM local time.
Flying over Long Island.
Same weather than in Paris…
Manhattan skyline :)
Last minutes of flight…
Landing at 4h45PM as expected.
B747-400 El Al, CRJ900 Delta Connection, A330-300 Swiss and B777-300ER Kuwait Airways.
Delta in different sizes^^
B767 Delta; -400 in the foreground and -300 in the background.
Air France B777-200ER from Paris-Orly and Air Italy A330-200 (not flying anymore…).
We reached JFK Terminal 1 at 5h03PM with a 38 min delay.
A330-200 Brussels Airlines when disembarking.
Very warm welcome at JFK with a waiting time of 1h45 min at immigration clearance… Even in Malaysia or Laos, waiting time was shorter. Only one counter was opened for travellers with a new ESTA like us… So, even if we were only 50 people in the queue, it took close to 2 hours… Of course my stay in NYC was much better than my experience at JFK T1 :)
Thanks for your reading and feel free to comment :)
Cabin: Very old-fashioned but a sensation of space thanks to the A380. 7/10
Cabin crew: Best aspect of the flight with a very warm crew. 10/10
Enternainment: No Wifi, only an old IFE and a plug. 4/10
Meal: Decent lunch and pre-arrival snack, with enough quantity. 9/10
CDG T2E: Overall a good experience, access by public transportation can be improved.
JFK T1: A nightmare.
Conclusion: A very good flight with Air France. It was a pleasure to fly with the Airbus A380 :)
See you soon!