Review of Air France flight Washington Paris in Economy

Airline Air France
Flight AF0039
Class Economy
Seat 23K
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 07:30
Take-off 14 Jun 14, 16:15
Arrival at 15 Jun 14, 05:45
AF   #47 out of 122 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 4392 reviews
a1imbot
By 6069
Published on 6th June 2014
Welcome to my first flight report for Air France 39 between Washington Dulles to Paris Charles De Gaulle!

As it was the beginning of Summer Holiday in the States, and Air France / KLM share the same check in counters at Dulles, the lines were immense and almost never ending. I stood in the baggage drop line for almost an hour while two counters handled an overbooked A330-300 bound for Amsterdam and another overbooked 777-300ER bound for Paris. After making my way through a quick security screening, I made my way to the gate in concourse A.

A quick shot of the concourse
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Avianca A319 and two United 772s
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A British 747-400
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My Bird for the Day!
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In the jetway used for all four classes
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My seat, 23K, part of the first row of economy. The pitch was sufficient, and the arm rests were not too encroaching.
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Dulles is clearly a big East Coast hub for United, with flights all across the globe.
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A One World Qatar 777-300er arriving from Doha
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Virgin A330, SAS A340, BA 747, and even a southwest 737
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Take Off!
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Menus were distributed quickly after take off


So were headphones, eye mask, and a packaged towel
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Presentation for the meal was good, but the Beef was mediocre. It is also makes me very sad that AF has decided to serve brie flavored cheese.


Midflight, I changed seats so that a father could sit with his wife and baby who were using the basinet. He had an aisle seat.
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IFE selection is good, but the two prong audio makes it compulsory to use the below average AF headphones. Thankfully i kept a splitter from a past delta flight.
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Bar midflight
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'Breakfast' was a muffin, Oj, and yogurt.

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Verdict

Air France

6.5/10
Cabin6.5
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Meal/catering6.0

Washington - IAD

7.4/10
Efficiency7.0
Access5.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Paris - CDG

6.9/10
Efficiency6.5
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

An average transatlantic flight by Air France. The cabin is really tight with the 3-4-3 configuration. Crew was friendly, but nothing amazing. I will still choose Af over United anyway on this route. Check back for more reports coming soon!

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The airline with the best average rating is Air France with 7.5/10.

The average flight time is 7 hours and 39 minutes.

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7 Comments

  • Comment 114724 by
    lagentsecret GOLD 12384 Comments

    Thanks for sharing your first FR and welcome aboard

    The beef is disappointing (and the cheese of course)

    The breakfast is a shame : on par with any US company

    Add a tight seat and you have a rather bad experience

  • Comment 114726 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5302 Comments

    Awesome first report! It's nice to see someone else from DC on here! Bad luck getting the 77W on flight 39, normally it's an A380 (except during winter schedule when some days are a 77W). I like AF, but I avoid their 777s like the plague if I'm flying in economy...the 3-4-3 configuration is just unbearable to me. And yet, I would still pick AF over UA any day. Looking forward to more reports!

    Welcome to Flight-Report!

    KevinDC / Community Manager & Mod

  • Comment 114730 by
    Esteban TEAM GOLD 12107 Comments

    Welcome to the Community! Great first report. As Kévin said, I also avoid the AF 777 in any case, should I fly coach. About the cheese, this is everything but brie. Brie is not spreadable, it is more or less like camembert, but softer and not that smelly:)

  • Comment 114731 by
    a1imbot AUTHOR 9 Comments

    Thanks for the warm welcome and comments! Check back later for my AF connection Paris - Bangalore, India!

  • Comment 114736 by
    marathon GOLD 9566 Comments

    I am aghast at the notion of Brie flavored cheese spread being served on an AF flight. It's made in Wisconsin; yes it is a dairy state, but they can do better than this thing !
    That AF can reserve only one seat next to a bassinet is a common complaint. The notion that a baby could travel with its two parents has not reached AF yet.
    This is an excellent first report (unlike the catering); thanks and welcome among the contributors !

    • Comment 298941 by
      KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5302 Comments

      Haha, I used to live in Wisconsin and I can definitely say they make some good cheese, in fact most Président products sold in the US (Camambert, Brie, etc) are made in Wisconsin...sadly this is not one of the good WI cheeses served here, LOL.

  • Comment 114885 by
    jetsetpanda 2294 Comments

    Thank you for sharing your first report with a great introductory cover picture and welcome.

    It is truly sad and ironic to see the presence of bastardized Brie aboard an AF flight, and let's not forget about the pathetic breakfast, although to be honest breakfasts in France are not such an extravagant affair as in the U.S. Yet I can't believe that even U.S. carriers do a better job in this area. AA provides you a warm croissant and I believe DL still serves a hot muffin sandwich or something similar.

    As others have said, the cabin configuration is not desirable for a long haul trip. A few things like champagne, free liquor with meals, printed menu, and the welcoming pack are nice touches that set AF apart from the competition.

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