The airline with the best average rating is AeroMexico with 7.7/10.
The average flight time is 10 hours and 30 minutes.More information
Let me share with you my first experience in Mexico, in the peninsula of Yucatan.
Flying blue Miles earned with this flight: 0
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Why? This is a reward flight!
We had the option of booking with BA (I was still a strong aficionado at the time) and changing carrier to reach Merida, or with Aeromexico and/or Air France.
I have redeamed my avios some months prior to this trip for another flight and so I was looking at potentially repeating the operation with my Flyingblue account:
The way out will be fully paid out, and the return - I have had enough miles to get us all the way from Merida to Lyon - not going back to London but to a wedding there. I decided to then have two seperate bookings for each way, making it an unbeatable fare for a return trip to Yucatan.
Why not leaving from Cancun where Air France also flies?
Well because it is a known fact that Air France always used to struggle to fill in its A380, hence the ticket prices were always cheaper than the B777, hence the amount of miles requested to be redeemed for a reward ticket.
If this A380 gives you the blues; here is a little corporate video on the Farewell.. I wish AF would have done something more grand just like they did on the occasion of the farewell of the B747…
I choose our seats as early as possible, I really wanted to try to be again on the upper floor for many reasons:
1. It is becoming rare to seat anywhere else but the main floor hence the view at the airport
2. It is just behind the Business and Premium economy class, hence a sense of "exclusivity" at least at much as you can get it!
3. Because there are more space, less seats per row
4. With point 3, there are more places to put your stuffs away, especially these drawers next to the windows.
For the record and shall I say "history", the main cabin…
We arrived from the previous flight at T2, and even though Air France is a "friend" of Aeromexico, we had to change to Terminal 1, equipped at a gate with 3 jetways for the super jumbo.
At checkin the lady at counter printed again our Boarding pass,, with the Aeromeixco labels..
The time of boarding you actually realise how many passengers there are on this flight, the crowd awaiting to board is huge…
When boarding opened, we used the priority boarding lane, to go to the upper jetway together with business people even though we were economy ticket holders.
Aircraft: Airbus A380-861
Engines: 4x GP7270
Age: Was just 8 Years old
Layout: F9 C80 W38 Y389
Observation: MSN64, retired like all the 10 A380s of Air France, its last flight took place to Johanesburg and back.
The AvGeek bit
Air France was the first European airline to receive an A380 in 2009. Here one of the 10 units. The airline was founded in 1933 as a merge of various airlines, amongst which the legendary aeropastiale. The French flag carrier chose to fit the type with 516 seats in 4 classes, including the first called La Première. The airline recently finished to refurbish its long haul fleet and the A380 were in theory the last one to berefurbished - the seats were never updated since the livery which is frankly outdated in 2019. Facing the huge cost of retrofiting the cabins (€36millions per unit) for the fleet, as expensive as a new A350-1000, Ben Smith decided to withdraw the type from the fleet no later than 2022. This, was the decision before the Covid break trhough, which accelerated the withdrawal of the type.
Passing through the premium economy cabin…
As I mentionned earlier on, flying on economy on the upper floor gives a feeling of an economy"+", simply because there are more space and these drawers..
Together with the pillow (here in red), the blanket there were an eye mask and the headphones as usual.
And the menu given by the crew.
It is not the best food offered ever, but at least you can choose and there is a menu being handed away - always a nice touch. There was no mention of the breakfast thought, not sure why…
Same for the drinks option, Air France wasn't just giving 2 options, and there is a choice in alcohol.
Did you notice the liqueur section? Well of course I was going to have some Chartreuse!
Soon after the pusch back in the dark, the safety chich video was played on the old IFEs (aka gameboys!)
The captain made an announce that we will fly over Teotihuacan, and a lot of information about the cruise altitude etc..
The aircraft is known for its cameras available to the customer on IFE, but look how it is still the old livery on the A380, that tells you the IFE hadn't had a software update in a while!
Speaking of the IFE, the menu had loads of different options and movies as usual on AF but the user interface is soo late 2000s..
And now onto the service:
For an economy meal, it was actually good (and just comparing with Aeromexico):
-Starter was in acceptable proportions.
-The crew refilled our Champagne drinks that we had for take off - I used it for starter.
-The choice of red wine wasn't the one on the card, but still the option was there
-The bread looked good but that is it. I guess you can't expect much from a bread from Mexico.
-The meal was good in proportions and quite salty unfortunately.
-I have a really attentive sweet tooth, and the cake was ok, even though I don't like coffee deserts - I didn't finish eating it.
The before / after shoot!
I know I might sound like an upper class fetishist but look at this extra space!
Over the atlantic… And I must say whether it is at Take off, Cruise or Landing, the beauty of the A380 is the silence - the quietness of the engines not even comparing to older jets, but just compares to B777s… Even the cabin of the B787 is louder.
Air France offers its regular Magazine.
If you don't like my magazine reviews you can scroll down for the next 5 pictures ;-)
with of course a section on global figures
the dossier of the month was Montreal…
The same selection of movies but printed at the end
The connection to both Hubs..
And finally the fleet page, with that big whale on top… You remember?
An hour before landing the crew served us the breakfast.. Which was really tiny for me so I asked for more cakes and the crew were super friendly to bring me some more.
and landing on the north runway - you can see the octopus Terminal 1
taxiing to Hall L..
We soon after deboarded through the business dedicated jetway, the upper one please!
Look at this title!!
And the engines!
Selfie of me so you can - almost - look what I look like XD
And arriving to the M hall, going on for the next flight!
Transiting between the two terminals is awful, you need to walk a lot, have a lot of patience and take a train!
A380 is super quiet, the most confortable aircraft to a passenger I feel.
Although the cabine is dated, the IFE from another decade, no Wifi, the plane was relatively new
The big plus was the crew and the food catered onboard. You would expect with such a high volume of economy passengers to have the service becoming industrial, well I experienced otherwise. I am not sure if this is because we were on the upper cabin?
As always, a bit of walking from Hall L to 2F but at least you can take pictures of the plane.