Review of Air France flight Paris Libreville in Premium Eco

Airline Air France
Flight AF926
Class Premium Eco
Seat 17B
Aircraft Airbus A350-900
Flight time 08:15
Take-off 19 Dec 23, 12:35
Arrival at 19 Dec 23, 20:50
AF   #24 out of 94 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 6115 reviews
Azeotrope
By GOLD 734
Published on 31st March 2024

Hello here is my first Flight-Report in English of my regular commute to/from Gabon. As usual long-haul will be in premium economy and domestic flights will be in economy class. All flights are booked by the travel agency of my company.


Routing

  • AF926 CDG -> LBV You are here
  • J7112 LBV -> POG Coming soon
  • J7193 GAX -> POG Coming soon
  • J7153 POG -> LBV Coming soon
  • AF977 LBV -> CDG Coming soon

The day starts with a fire on the highway which did not impede access to the airport from Paris.


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I arrived at the airport with a large margin


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It is not so packed inside.


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Here is the Flight Information Display.


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The most important part for me is this one, today waiting times are shorter than one hour


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I'll be able to drop my luggage in the SkyPriority area in less than five minutes.


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There is a priority line and, for once, the automated passport control gates are working.


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There is a long line to access gates L.


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Gates M require passengers to use the airport train.


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Flight information is displayed here. Waiting time at security has decreased for M gates.


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View from the automated train.


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There is a priority line at at security. It will take roughly 10 minutes to clear security.
Time spent for passport control, train and security inspection : 21 minutes, not bad at all for CDG.


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The gates are one level above security.


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The central area is large. There are two wings on the left and on the right where the gates are located. Most shops are located in the central area.


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There is a significant duty-free shop.


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Also you can find an art exhibition


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The waiting area closer to the gates has many seats and many electrical outlets.


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There is also a playground for kids and video games for bigger kids


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Overall the terminal seems large


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Spotting is easy and but there is not a big airline diversity.
Today's aircraft to Gabon, an A350.


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A few Delta birds


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LATAM to Chile


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China Southern to Guangzhou.


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There is a smoking area at the end of the terminal. 


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I walk back to the lounge. The entrance is clearly visible.


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The lounge has a lot of natural sunlight. There are different areas : one with tables to eat.


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Another one with a lounge apearance.


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I'll take this seat. It was confortable.


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Also available is this bar-like area.


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Soft drinks, wines, Champagne and hard liquors are self serve. I was a bit disappointed by the wines but I am satisfied with the efforts made by the airline to offer French hard liquors.


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The food offering has both warm and cold options :


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My favorites, only three of those delicious chocolate desserts from Alain Ducasse are left.


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My choice : mostly sugar.


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It is also possible to spot from the lounge : here is a China Eastern in SkyTeam livery arriving from Shanghai.


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Information screens display the flight as boarding. It's time to go.


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Boarding is done by zone with different lines for each zone. Thera are also two jet bridges, one for business and one for economy and premium economy.


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However there are no windows in the jet bridge.


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Passengers are welcomed by the crew at the door.


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It is necessary to go through the rear section of the business class to reach the premium economy area. I find thos seats gorgeous.


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I'm seated here on the first of three rows. Pillow and blanket are already on the seat. They are different from those in Economy.


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Nothing to see from the window.


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Seat controls


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There is a water bottle available


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The seatbelt is branded.


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The IFE systèm is large but there are a lot of reflections. You can pair your own device through bluetooth.


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The legroom is good.


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The safety card


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The headset is located on a side pocket of the seat.


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Use this button to free the tray table from the armrest.


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The crew passes an amenity kit and a refreshing towel.


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Then, there is a welcome drink, Champagne for me.


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Pushback is initiated


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During taxi, a safety video and a 90 year old annversary video of the compagny are shown on screens.


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We pass close to 2G terminal


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Cabin is ready for take-off.


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Take-off


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Around 50 minutes after take-off, the crew starts the first meal service. Here is the tray as given by the crew, I'll take Champagne and tomato juice as drinks. The juice s served in a real glass. Also the crew proposes more bread. Fork and knives are also metal ones.


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I chose the salmon with pasta risotto.


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The main dish was good and the quantity was adequate.


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After the lunch, it is possible to get warm beverages, I got a hot chocolate and a pear liqor which I highly recommend on Air France. Also the crew hands out chocolates.


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I'll do a quick tour of the cabin during the flight. The flight load is decent.


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Door 4R


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Quick look on the desert.


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The rear galley


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The second meal service starts one hour and half before landing. It is the usual disappointing bag.


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Finally the pilot announces the upcoming arrival and the cabin is readied for landing


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Approach on Libreville


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Landed.


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We disembark through door 1L.


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The jet bridge has no windows.


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Then there are a faw controls : first is the yellow fever vaccine controls. then there is the preliminary passport and visa control. And finally you get sent to a line for the real passport and visa control. There are only a few booths open (five) so depending on if you exist the airplane first or last, you can wait up to one hour and half to get to the luggage area. There is also a small duty free.


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Baggage delivery takes place in this room with two belts. Both of them are used for widebody aircrafts. I'll wait around 20 minutes to collect my luggage on the belt.


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Customs agents will be friendly and will only take a quick look at my luggage. Outside is the usual crowd of relatives, travel agents, SIM card and cigarette sellers.


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Verdict

Air France

8.5/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi9.5
Meal/catering7.5

Air France Lounge - 2E, Hall M

8.4/10
Comfort8.0
Meal/catering8.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Services8.5

Paris - CDG

8.3/10
Efficiency7.5
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness7.5

Libreville - LBV

7.0/10
Efficiency6.5
Access9.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness5.5

Conclusion

AF: Those new premium economy recliner seats are much more confortable than the previous ones. First meal was ggod, second one very disappointing. I do not believe that the huge price difference with economy is justified.
CDG: Efficiency is decent. Lots of shops and restaurants. Wifi and electrical outlets available. Overall it's a good day for the airport.
LBV: As usual the main chokepoint is passport control. No issue with customs.
Lounge: Good design, not crowded with different types of seating areas. Food was good. Wifi was working and newspapers were available on an app.

Information on the route Paris (CDG) Libreville (LBV)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 8 avis concernant 2 compagnies sur la ligne Paris (CDG) → Libreville (LBV).


Useful

La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Gabon Airlines avec 7.7/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 7 heures et 15 minutes.

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4 Comments

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  • Comment 647968 by
    SerialdesignationN 15 Comments
    NIce review! Wish they would serve a bigger snack box before landing though...
  • Comment 648070 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6718 Comments
    Nice to have gotten one of the new A350s! The J cabin looks beautiful and the new W seat looks a lot more comfortable than the older fixed shell seats. Although I like the concept of the fixed shell seats for the better privacy and preserving the space in front, they were not great for sleeping. This more traditional type of recliner seat just seems better suited.

    Thanks for sharing!
    • Comment 648196 by
      Azeotrope GOLD AUTHOR 277 Comments
      Hi, thanks for your comment.
      The reclining seat is such an improvement compared to hard shells one.
      In premium economy there is enough space so even if the seat in front reclines it is not bothering.

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