After the PPT-LAX, here is the next leg of my trip, the LAX-CDG.
I go through the immigration and customs formalities rapidly and go to the boarding gate where I am handed a new boarding card for AF 069 and I am invited to go and wait in the lounge.
The lounge is rather full and when I arrive I can find a table and a couple of chairs in the middle, I settle in, get my stuff there and go get some snacks and a drink.
The choice of snacks, crisps, cookies, nuts, cheese, crackers etc… Nothing exciting.
After having waited there for an hour, I go to the boarding gate where passengers have already started to get on board. I go to the Business Class lane and get on rapidly. The terminal from above.
Our airplane is on a remote stand, we will take the one that flew us from PPT. While we board our bus, a 737 from another skyTEAM carrier, AeroMexico.
We drive up the runway in our bus and we go past a V Australia B777-300ER
We have arrived at the remote gates and we walk up the aircraft.
We board the 777
I seat in my newly assigned seat, 9L, for the next 10 hours.
The push back is done on time and we are now going to the runway, passing by Tom Bradley, T3, T2 and T1.
Air France wishes us a warm Welcome on Board !
The plane is now at the treshold of the runway and start to roar down towards the Pacific. It will do a turn above the ocean and fly back towards the land and will continue its flight to Paris.
The cabin is in the dark and is very quiet during take off, all will come back to life in a few minutes.
I get comfortable and start to watch a movie.
The cabin attendant will come through the cabin and offer a glass of Champagne and the mise en bouche.
Still watching The Tuches
During the movie the cabin attendant will dress my table with the white linen and will put my tray on it. To go with my starter I will get a glass of Saint Veran white wine. The choice of bread is either a mini baguette or Olive bread.
Starter is slices of duck breast, fig compote, scallop terrine and wasabu mayonnaise.
The comes the main dish, Halibut in capers butter, rice cake, carrot and spinach.
The fish was really good, not too dry as fish tends to be on airplanes.
For dessert I will opt for a mango sorbet and will then fall asleep rapidly.
1h59 minutes before we arrive in Paris I wake up, what a great night !
We are approaching the irish coastline.
The lights in the cabin are back on, we are going to get breakfast soon. The cabin attendant will apologize for serving us a breakfast at 8pm but quite frankly I prefer it that way as my stomach won't be able to eat dinner !
No more crepes with cream cheese and red berries so I opt for the omelette which was excellent, very moist, they are usually over cooked and dry !
A picture of the Air France Magazine's cover about the new Air France ad, The Flight
Is it cold outside ?
The sun is setting over France and we will be landing soon.
A little bit more…
We are well into our descent and we will be landing in Roissy CDG soon.
It is dark inside, the night is upon us outside…
An Air France A380 for JNB maybe ?
We continue to taxi towards our gate.
We go past a Korean Air B747-400
Then an AF 747-400 before turning to our gate.
The cabin lights are switched on and we can now deplane.
Our 777 that flew us all the way from PPT to CDG via LAX, F-GSPF.
Immigration is fast, we arrived just after the Korean Air flight but there aren't that many passengers from that flight.
I go to the bag carrousel and can't stop smiling as on that screen is where I came from and where I'm going to !
Los Angeles - LAX
Paris - CDG
Excellent flight once more. Flight was delayed but the ground crew at LAX did well with the whole situation, always smiling, was it because the passengers were tahitians who are always more laid back ?
The seat is still the NEV 3 but I was fast asleep and you don't feel the toboggan effect as much as on the NEV2 and I slept up until 2 hours before arrival... WOW !
The cabin attendant was very nice, polite and pleasant. Not as warm as the tahitian crew but very professional.
For the meal, it was excellent but I was dissapointed not to be able to eat the cakes as there was a chocolate-mint cake and I am allergic to mint...
Next flight in one week to Seoul, for the time being I have a full week in Paris !
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