Review of Air France flight Papeete Los Angeles in Economy

Airline Air France
Flight AF77
Class Economy
Seat 23A
Aircraft Boeing 777-200ER
Flight time 08:00
Take-off 26 Jan 14, 08:35
Arrival at 26 Jan 14, 18:35
AF   #49 out of 119 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 4311 reviews
anthonytahiti
Published on 14th April 2014
Hello !

We live in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and we fly to France 1 or 2 times a year, with Air France via LAX. I’m tired to always fly with the same companie, the same plane, always transiting in LAX.

Here are the Flight Reports of my first round-the-world trip, with my family (2 adults and 1 child 3 years old), in Economy class.

Routing is PPT – LAX – CDG – TLS – FRA – SIN – AKL – PPT
Companies will be Air France, Lufthansa Cityline, Singapore Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui

    1ST PART : From Tahiti to France : I did it my way Papeete [PPT] - Los Angeles [LAX], Air France AF77, B772, Economy, January 26, 2014
    YOU ARE HERE
    Los Angeles [LAX] - Paris [CDG], Air France AF77, B772, Economy, January 26, 2014 CLICK HERE Paris [CDG] - Toulouse [TLS], Air France AF7788, A320, Economy, January 27, 2014 CLICK HERE 2ND PART : Going East : New Horizons Toulouse [TLS] - Frankfurt [FRA], Lufthansa Cityline LH1099, CR7, Economy, February 17, 2014 CLICK HERE Frankfurt [FRA] - Singapore [SIN], Singapore Airlines SQ325, B77W, Economy, February 17, 2014 CLICK HERE 3RD PART : Back to Tahiti : Full Circle Singapore [SIN] - Auckland [AKL], Singapore Airlines SQ285, B77W, Economy, February 22, 2014 CLICK HERE Auckland [AKL] - Papeete [PPT], Air Tahiti Nui TN102, A343, Economy, February 23, 2014 CLICK HERE


To begin 2014, Air France wishes a happy new year

photo FR95 PPT LAX (1)

A glance at the FlightStats website a few days before the first flight, searching possibilities for upgrade to Business class with Flying Blue miles :

On the PPT LAX section, it looks good, 7 seat in class O (for award ticket or upgrade to Business class)

photo FR95 PPT LAX (2)

On the LAX CDG section unfortunately, filling rate is much better and so there is no class O available

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Finally for a ticket PPT CDG, no upgrade possibility (no class O)

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We have a PPT CDG ticket, flight AF77 (considered as 1 flight with technical stop in LAX) which can not be split into 2 sections PPT LAX and LAX CDG .

That means that I can not have a Business class upgrade on PPT LAX despite the availability of these for the sole reason that I continue my flight to CDG the same day.

It's frustrating to see that a passenger who could benefit upgrade awards released by the yield management, can not do for logistical issue : the AF system can not handle two flights with the same number the same day for the same passenger.

Don’t worry about filling the Business cabin on this flight PPT LAX, I saw the registration paper of the check-in hostess at the airport, it was possible to find about ten non-revenue passengers to fill the vacant seats in the front of the plane

Now on to what interests us : the flight itself.

Online check-in impossible for us, but it doesn’t matter

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Let’s go to the airport

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2 flights this sunday morning : Air Tahiti Nui to Tokyo Narita and Air France to Los Angeles and Paris

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Not so many baggage drop or economy check-in counters opened

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For us, quick check-in with the SkyPriority lane

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Unique boarding pass for our 3 upcoming flights

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We go straight through custom and borders and security check

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In the departure area, photo exhibition for 15th anniversary of Air Tahiti Nui

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Our plane is here

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Let’s go to Manuhiri lounge (the only and independent lounge in PPT airport, used by almost all companies here in Tahiti)

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Food and drinks are the weak point of this lounge, but I found some sweets good enough

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Wifi gives me the corporate picture

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On the tarmac, birds wait patiently :
A343 ATN named Rangiroa

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And our 777 today will be F-GSPD (777-200ER)

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I insert here an airplane that I saw during January during one of my business trips in the islands of French Polynesia : Danish Air Transport MD80 with astonishing livery “Fifa world cup trophy tour / Coca Cola (the trophy was exposed in Tahiti in September 2013, but in January 2014 not to my knowledge)

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Boarding is then called on time, walking on the tarmac is always a moment of excitement

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Large fan

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Smiling stew welcomes us

And here are our 3 seats for this flight, on the left side of first economy cabin, row 23 (I could not have seats in row 20 this time, 20C is offering a larger legroom)

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A new red cushion

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Stamp size In-Flight Entertainment

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Classic legroom for Air France in economy class

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Less classic legroom

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Air France Magazine and safety card

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Air Tahiti Nui is pushed back before us

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And take of to Tokyo

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It’s our turn to push back, on time

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During taxiing, I see the latest plane of Air Tahiti’s fleet, ATR42-600 with the new livery

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Take off

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I can see Tetiaroa (Marlon Brando’s atoll) despite wing and reactor

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In a plane with incomplete filling in economy class, some got the perfect seat allocation

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Everyone deals with the IFE for the beginning of the journey
“Planes” for the kid

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“Now you see me” for me

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Menu is quickly distributed

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Appetizer quickly served, Champagne for me of course

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45 minutes later, trays distribution begin, starting with special meals, child meal for my kid

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Chicken nuggets and potatoes

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Then comes the main meal service, I choose lamb curry

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As a starter, pasta salad was a bit bland, it lacks a little taste

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The lamb curry later is OK but not exciting, I expected more

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Some dairy in a box

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For dessert, I didn’t like this apple tartlet does

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The meal, without being bad, was a little below what I would expect from an economy class meal with Air France

The flight continues safely over equator, from southern to northern hemisphere

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Another film viewing for me, “Rush”, the story of the rivalry between Nicky Lauda and James Hunt

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Water is provided by stews at our seat.

I stand up to walk a little bit and comes face to face with the bar in the galley

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Economy cabin is quiet

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We are now approaching LAX …

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And night …

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The snack is served 1 hour 30 minutes before arrival, starting with the child meal

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The adult tray appears identical but includes a bonus chocolate

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Some ice crystals remind me that I am going to a cold area (France in winter)

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The sun sets quickly

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And it's dark when we fly around Long Beach

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We touch down on time and it takes about 15 minutes taxiing to reach our parking stand.
I try to take a picture of Qantas A380 despite darkness and movement

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We are arrived at Terminal 2

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Quick disembarking and we plunge into the bowels of LAX

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Next step, US customs & borders

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And there, it will be very painful, there are many people and it will take us 50 minutes to get to the TSA agent

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And transit is not finished yet …


To be continued …

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Verdict

Air France

7.0/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Meal/catering6.5

Manuhiri

7.0/10
Comfort8.0
Meal/catering5.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Services8.0

Papeete - PPT

8.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness8.0

Los Angeles - LAX

3.0/10
Efficiency0.0
Access5.0
Services2.0
Cleanliness5.0

Conclusion

Air France
Comfort is in line with what I expected, suitable for a day flight, despite the 10 in a row configuration (3-4-3). Traveling 2 adults with 1 child in 3 seats enhances the experience.
Catering was a slight disappointment but not bad, I 've had better with Air France.
Great movies choices with IFE, but the screen is really too small.

Manuhiri Lounge
Comfortable, quiet, free wifi, staff always smiling but food and drinks is a weak point of this lounge, with reduced choice

PPT international airport
Easy access to the airtport, quick check in procedures and controls. The departure area is not very big, nothing to do, only a duty free shop and a bar.

LAX Terminal 2
I hate this terminal : I find it ugly, the transit procedure is often painful . Passport control took 50 minutes due to the arrival of several planes at the same time (VS , NZ and AF). This is long, we are only in transit. And outside the U.S., transit procedures takes only minutes without passport control (only security on a dedicated transit point).

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