Review of Air France flight Paris Montreal in Business

Airline Air France
Flight AF 346
Class Business
Seat 7K
Aircraft Boeing 777-200ER
Flight time 07:30
Take-off 03 Nov 06, 16:15
Arrival at 03 Nov 06, 17:45
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jetsetpanda
By 4371
Published on 18th November 2013
Ever since I was a kid I was fascinated with Paris. To me, Paris is not only the most beautiful city in the world, but also the epitome of man's artistic prowess. Everything about this city is an assault to my senses and I am always happy to assume the role of a flâneur whenever I have a chance to be here.

I have been fortunate to visit Paris many times and hope to continue doing so in the future. One of the things that I learned to appreciate early on was the distinct character of each arrondissement along with its own personality. Some of my most cherished memories were made up of opposite experiences, like the first time that I stayed in a sumptuous suite at the Intercontinental Le Grand in the luxurious Right Bank or another time that I patronized a one star property in a working class neighborhood in the Left Bank. I believe that one must experience these contrasts in order to gain a better understanding of this city. It's hard to pinpoint a favorite area of the city for me, but some of the corners that I enjoy are Place Vendôme, Place de la Madelaine, Canal St. Martin, and St. Germain among others.

Food is just as compelling as the sights, and I have fond memories of these as well. Unfortunately I do not have pictures of my meals, as I did not want to draw attention to myself in a crowded place. Some of my favorite dishes were cassoulet at La Régalade, gigot d'agneau (roast lamb) at Le Train Bleu (meal is ok, but you come here for the fantastic ambience), rabbit in mustard sauce, pig's feet and skate cheeks at other restaurants whose names evade me now.


Here are some snapshots of Paris starting with the iconic Eiffel Tower.

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Walking along the Seine

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An encounter with a charming citizen

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Canal St. Martin

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Jardin du Luxembourg

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Heavenly pastries




Fauchon

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Pretty soon my Parisian trip was coming to an end and I took the RER to get to the airport. My flight departed from gate F49 in 2F. Check in was efficient I made my way to the AF Affaires lounge. The lounge was rather small with basic packaged snacks and a few sandwiches during certain times. I did not spend too much time here.




Snacks




Small room with seats and tables

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At the departure gate I could take a peek at my plane

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Interesting patterns at CDG

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Boarding was orderly and upon entering a FA greeted me and then pointed me to my seat. The flight was not very full today and there were a lot of open seats. It was perhaps 50% full in J.

Cabin

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View of massive engine

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Pre-departure drinks were offered and after take off service began with a hot towel and menu distribution.


MENU

Choice of Hors d'Oeuvre

Prepared duck foie gras flavored with champagne and apricot-fig chutney

Shrimp with basil and marinated fennel with lemon


Choice of Main Courses

Veal accompanied by sauteed vegetables and artichokes prepared with white wine, olive oil and garlic

Fillet of pollack complemented by caper vinaigrette and mashed potatoes with olives

Plate du jour - Fillet of guinea hen baked and served with a port wine jus reduction, accompanied by spinach and penne pasta with pesto


Our Special Selection of Cheese

Camembert, Fourme d'Ambert, Sainte-Maure


Assortment of Desserts

Chocolate dessert, apple crumble, sherbet served with cookies, choice of fresh fruit

Espresso is served at our bar Espace


LIGHT MEAL

Brochette of dried fruit, pastrami, fresh goat cheese with Poilane bread

Yogurt

Fresh fruit


Drink with Fauchon cashews

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Foie gras

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I was a bit hungry and asked the FA if I could have try the shrimp appetizer. He said that he was going to check to make sure he had enough and after a few minutes he brought me the shrimps. They tasted fine but I still preferred the foie gras.

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Then it was time for the main course and I chose the veal. I thought the portion was somewhat on the small side but it was good. The vegetables were a bit overdone though.

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This was followed by the cheese plate. I almost forgot to take a picture of it so that explains the odd piece on the left.

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For dessert I ordered the chocolate dessert and sherbet with cookies.

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I read a book in the meantime and a few hours later it was time for the second meal.

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This snack was just a teaser. Why even bother if you are giving such a small serving. I thought it was weird that they had plain yogurt and did not offered a flavored one instead.

Meanwhile, the sun was setting outside.

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Arrival was on time and at the end of the flight the FA shook passengers' hands thanking them for flying AF, which was a nice touch and left a very positive impression.


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Verdict

Air France

8.0/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering7.5

Air France Lounge - 2F, F1

6.4/10
Comfort6.0
Meal/catering6.0
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Services7.5

Paris - CDG

7.9/10
Efficiency8.0
Access7.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness9.0

Montreal - YUL

8.1/10
Efficiency7.5
Access8.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

I enjoyed this flight in part because the FA that I had was proactive and engaging. The meal service was adequate, but nothing truly exceptional. This was a bit disappointing since one would expect the meals served onboard AF to display the great culinary tradition that France is famous for. Alas, the same can be said about the Chinese carriers. Why can't AF be more like AZ and TK which proudly represent the gastronomic greatness of their respective countries when it comes to catering on long haul premium cabins?

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10 Comments

  • Comment 93181 by
    lagentsecret GOLD 11931 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR

    A real tribute to Paris from an authentic enthusiast

    Great tourist pictures

    The lounge is at best average

    I agree with you : AF is far from harnessing the culinary potential of its country and that's a shame

  • Comment 93198 by
    Papoumada SILVER 5888 Comments

    Thanks for this tribute to Paris. I enjoy those artistic views.

    The size of the IFE looks so big that I rolled up to see if you were flying an A380. But those planes were hardly on service at the time.

    The food looks good even if the presentation is so so.

    3 real cheese were offered in those days and the portions of the Hors d'Oeuvre are of good size.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Comment 93211 by
    PAT62 4996 Comments

    Thanks for Paris bonus, sometimes we forgot were we leave
    Food offer is better in Paris than in flight :)
    AF need to comes back with a CATERING in accordance with French way of life
    May be....
    Thanks for this great report !

    • Comment 284326 by
      jetsetpanda AUTHOR 2294 Comments

      You guys are so fortunate living there. Do you have any idea how many people around the world would want to switch places? Enjoy more of it.

      I sometimes like to play tourist and see my town (San Francisco) with a new set of eyes. I take my camera and sometimes I discovered new things that I have never seen before.

  • Comment 93260 by
    KL651 TEAM 4476 Comments

    Thanks for the nice pictures of Paris, it's funny how you better realize the beauty of Paris when you see pictures of the city, than when you actually live in it.
    The offering were pretty nice on your flight.
    I actually find a real size dessert like you got better than the trio of mini sized treats they now serve.

    • Comment 284327 by
      jetsetpanda AUTHOR 2294 Comments

      Sometimes we need to be reminded from the outside.

      I agree about the dessert. In fact, back then one could request as many options as you wanted when the dessert trolley was rolled out without the FA making a big fuss about it.

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