Some Background: My introduction to AF was last year doing IAH-CDG-DXB-CDG-IAH in Premium Voyageur. Their business class looked rather nice and I always wanted to give it a try, especially after reading a bunch of reviews on here ;). A large reason for booking this trip was for the sole purpose of trying out AF J. Here’s my trip back. Some shots around Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Christmas Market
Outside The Dome
The Balmoral and Waverly station below.
Incredible view I had from my balcony
The journey started as I boarded a Cityjet Avro RJ85 in EDI. Had seat 3A in Business. When we landed in Paris we taxied to
I then entered the main terminal, found my connection at Departure Hall M, and boarded the tram over there. Then a quick spin through security, the usual questions and the pat down, had quite the bad streak this trip with that. Got to my gate M25 just in time as the Sky Priority group were just starting to queuing up. Boarding was delayed for about 10-20 min. No big deal. Boarded the plane through the front door, walked through La Première, turned the corner to my seat 3A. I was in the mini Business class cabin on the 777-300er, that's just beyond Premiere and before the second door.
I had to peek back into the La Première cabin. (I think that’s the next goal.)
I had to plenty of leg room on my bulkhead seat.
We were on the ground for a bit longer than usual as the refueling ran a bit long. Enjoying a Champagne (Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve) in the meantime.
My view during the refueling.
Maybe the same bird I came in on…
An assortment of AF craft I watched from my seat.
Saw a very good amount of A380’s. The first, understandably, was the Air France.
Then Malaysia Airlines.
And lastly, Thai.
United's birds getting ready at Terminal 1.
After takeoff, menus were handed out.
The amuse-bouche was served. Today was a cold Scallop and tomato. It was served along with a spiced cracker, I got a white (Menetou-Salon Les Bornes 2011). A disapproving Ron Swanson looks upon it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Swanson
Out the windows looking at cloud covered southern England.
The starter, smoked salmon, fois gras terrine de canard, salad and the best bread in the skies, though not warmed.
My main meal, the beef tenderloin, potatoes and a puree of zucchini. More bread and cheese (petit chevre et camembert).
For dessert it was (L to R) Strawberry Rhubarb compote, pineapple upside down cake, and a chocolate mousse-brownie.
I got a good several hours of sleep as I awoke and we were already over northern Canada.
Decided I probably shouldn't get too much more sleep, so I watched a few shows on my laptop.
Then time for the second meal. We were over the midwest US.
The coffee was so-so. Using that to wake me up.
After landing on runway 27 in IAH we quickly taxied back to Terminal D. The Lufthansa A380 was in.
Air China 77W from PEK just landed.
TACA, KLM and Singapore also were in.
A BA from LHR taxing her way to the gates.
The German logistics carrier AeroLogic 777F just about to touch down.
A United 787 peaks her way through.
After pulling up to the gate, I was off the plane an queued up for CBP in about 5 minutes.
The CBP queue took a lot longer, probably around 40minutes to clear.
That concludes my second trip report. Thanks for reading. Oh and it may be too late to mention this but I’ve only done like 3 flights in anything but an economy, so this is all impressive to me…for now.
Paris - CDG
Houston - IAH
Summary, while this flight has it pros and cons compared to my eastbound TATL on KLM, I found it overall enjoyable. The ability to actually fall asleep probably helped. The mini cabin, with only two rows was nice. However a 2-3-2 configuration was very annoying as I found out. Mid flight I went to the mid cabin ‘bar’ (if you could call it that). My seat was a reclined and so was my neighbors. I had to kind of straddle the seat to pull myself up, then contort myself around him just to get out. Now imagine doing this in reverse with a drink and snacks in my hand. The seat itself is comfortable, though its extremely narrow. The crew were rather unfriendly and not to personable. The business cabins with a one-two-one herringbone config are probably the ones to beat.
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