Review of Air France flight Paris Beirut in Business

Airline Air France
Flight AF562
Class Business
Seat 4A
Aircraft Airbus A330-200
Flight time 04:20
Take-off 09 Aug 14, 16:35
Arrival at 09 Aug 14, 21:55
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PortAxe
By 5576
Published on 24th August 2014
Hello everyone! I've decided to translate my previous FRs to English due to my cousin's interest in reading them!

French Versions:

20 Juillet 2014 - Beyrouth -> Paris - AF 561 - Business - 3A - A330 - http://flight-report.com/en/report-7765.html

20 Juillet 2014 - Paris -> Munich - AF 1822 - Premium Eco - 4D - A319 - Non Reporté (Maux de tête ont eu raison de moi)

9 Août 2014 - Munich -> Paris - AF 1423 - Premium Eco - 5C - A319 - http://flight-report.com/en/report-7785.html
9 Août 2014 - Paris -> Beyrouth - AF 562 - Business - 4A - A330 - http://flight-report.com/en/report-7823.html


English Versions:

20th Of July 2014 - Beirut -> Paris - AF 561 - Business - 3A - A330 - Soon
20th Of July 2014 - Paris -> Munich - AF 1822 - Premium Eco - 4D - A319 - Not Reported (Headaches kept me at bay)

9th Of August 2014 - Munich -> Paris - AF 1423 - Premium Eco - 5C - A319 - Soon
9th Of August 2014 - Paris -> Beirut - AF 562 - Business - 4A - A330 - YOU ARE HERE

I'm sorry that I started from the last report but my 10-years old cousin wanted to read the reports and this was the one I had translated the most so I finished it. Enjoy it Looch Looch ;)

Two days before my departure from Munich I get an email from Air France offering me an upgrade to Business class (from Premium Economy) for a very reasonable 213$ on the Paris-Beirut leg. Once again I accept the upgrade and my reservation is updated with the new travel class.

I needed that upgrade for one simple thing: I had a 5h layover and was stranded in Hall K with the temporary gardens which are terrible to stay at for more than an hour at most. I didn't want to end up paying 35 Euros to gain access to such a place, completely not worth it.

The Email :

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My boarding pass with the previous Munich-Paris flight:

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After deplaning by bus to Terminal 2F and a brisk walk later here I am in Terminal 2E- Hall K.

Directly after my arrival I head towards the temporary spaces set-up by Air France in the two extremities of Hall K. I head to the west space because of its close proximity to my boarding gate (K33). A lovely agent welcomes me to the garden and hands me a Wi-Fi card to be used while warning me that reception might not be optimal due to some antenna problems that were being fixed at the moment.

Here's the Wi-Fi Card:

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I was connected for much more than 15min and I didn't use the card, does this mean the old limit is gone?


I seat myself in the lower section of the terrace with a direct view on the tarmac:
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Comfort wise it's far from stellar:

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An Emirates A380 passing by:
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Air France A320 heading to the parking space:

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There's more than 4h left till my next flight. I decide to head to the duty free and purchase some items for the family along with some special requests from friends as well:


A380 with the Airbus livery:
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I come back to my initial terrace. The welcoming party suggests that I go the Air France Lounge in Hall L since I have enough time to go back and forth. Well here we go. I go through security in the opposite direction and take the shuttle towards Hall L:

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I clear security in less than a minute thanks to the dedicated Sky Priority/Accès N'1 line which was completely empty.
The agent scans my boarding pass and tells me that I'm at the wrong gate. I explain my situation and he directs me to the lounge(which I already know). Another agent overhears our discussion and explains to me how to leave Hall L and head back to the Shuttle, she also wishes me a good day in a very warm fashion.

I take the elevator and here I am only a mere feet away from the lounge's entrance:

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It's now 12h30 PM. I present my boarding pass and explain why I'm here. The agent greets me with a smile and invites me to visit the lounge in Hall M before it closes at 2PM. It was tempting by I was so hungry I needed to eat something first:

My lunch for today:

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I ate two plates of the same cold pasta with salmon. By the time I finished it was already 1h30 PM and going to the Hall M lounge wasn't an option. Maybe next time.


Hall L Lounge:

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Back to Hall K with a new security check. The agent at the terrace tells me that my boarding gate has changed to K51 and that I might want to go to the other terrace to be closer to the gate. Here We go.

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A bit of spotting around Hall K (Not very spotter-friendly)




Air France B747-400:

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Another 747 taxiing:

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Air France A330-200 :

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Air France A340-300:

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A lot of Air France 777s :






My Final Spot:

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B772 taking off:

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Etihad A340-500 heading towards the Terminal:







Emirates A380 which was taxiing at the start of this FR:

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Miscellaneous Planes:





Flight On-Time:

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Heading Towards the boarding gate:






Our bird for the day with the ancient livery:


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The Emirates A380 decides to push back the moment we started boarding (Priorities respected)

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Zoom on the Terminal from my seat. Sadly I will have a neighbor in 4B but he slept most of the flight.

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Wing + Engine:


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Spotting during the relatively short Taxing:


Royal Air Jordanian A319

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Another collection of planes:

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Air France B777-300ER:

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Air France B777-200ER received on the 2nd of April 2002:


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Air France B777-300ER received on the 24th Of October 2007:

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Air France B747-400:

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Air France B777-200ER received on the 11th of Mars 1999:

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Air France B777-200ER received on the 21st of April 1998:

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Two Air France whales:

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Special French-Chinese relations livery:

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Air France A319 landing near us:





Take-Off:




I take a comfortable position and await dinner:

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L'amuse bouche:

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Easy-Jet in-flight spotting:

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Another Plane:

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Cruising altitude reached:

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One More:

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The winglet:

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The table is getting ready:

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Foie Gras and smoked salmon; exquisite.

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Done:
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The cutlery:
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Evian:

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The small IFE screen with decent content I must say:

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Sneak-peek at the cabin:

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I forgot to take a picture of the menu, I still have it somewhere though. I will update this report when I find it.

My Plate:

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I choose pasta once more because I've had it with meat and chicken during my stay in Salzburg. It was decent but not cooked well enough; let's say it's not something you serve in Business class. Alas I was too tired to finish them and I skipped the cheese plate and the triple dessert.

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I try to sleep but the seats weren't very comfortable at first. 10 minutes later I find a comfortable position and sleep until moments before landing.

Beyrouth:



Quick deliveries of the bags but the Priority tags were useless as always.

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Verdict

Air France

8.5/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering7.5

Air France Lounge - 2E, Hall L

7.4/10
Comfort7.0
Meal/catering7.0
Entertainment/wifi8.5
Services7.0

Paris - CDG

9.2/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Beirut - BEY

8.5/10
Efficiency10.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

A very nice flight with AF in J. Having access to the Hall L lounge made for a great ground experience instead of the dreadful temporary gardens provided by AF, they're not bad but they should be public places and not a Business Lounge.

Comfort: Not as good as the BEY-CDG flight because of my neighbor in 4B. I deduct 1.5 points because of the seat's sleep position. Wouldn't like to be stuck for an 8h+ flight in them.

Crew: Very friendly and professional. Well placed humor without any fake facades.

Catering: I don't think I can judge correctly here since I only had half of the meal but the pasta wasn't all that good. Easily the flight's weakness. The entrée was simple magnificent though.

IFE: As always, good content, mediocre screen.

Punctuality: Delayed take-off and on-time arrival, nothing to complain about.

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