I realize that Flight report having started in France the vast majority of Flight-Reports are only written in French. Yet the number of foreign readers and contributors is growing so I have decided to translate my latest report as my friend Mathieu just did.
A small group of french Flight Reporters decided to meet in Toulouse, in the Southwest part of France ,to spend the week end together. On the agenda : spotting, visit of the airbus facilities and visit of the new Aeroscopia Museum. As you all know Toulouse is where A380 and A330 are built by Airbus and the city has a long tradition of aviation since the first world war. I had no intention to report this domestic flight by finally decided to take a few pictures with my Iphone , hence the poor quality of some pics.
Waking up at 6: 15 on a saturday was by far the worst part of this wonderful week end ! I took a cab to the airport and on saturday morning the ride to CDG was very quick. It was raining in Paris but I knew that better weather was expected in Toulouse. Security check was fast as I used the SKYPRIORITY fast track. I headed to the Air France lounge in Terminal 2 F where I waited for François, also known as Ducourf on this site. Paris is served by Orly and CDG but as long as the lounge will be better in CDG , I will continue to choose CDG for my domestic departures ! It allows me to have breakfast.
It's raining outside as planes get prepared for their next flights.
François joins me in the lounge from which we can spot this Delta B 747 which is rather unusual in Paris. The B 747 is even more beautiful with the Delta livery.
Thanks to SKYPRIORITY boarding is a breeze and I take my time to take those pics from the jetbridge.
Today's aircraft is le F-HBNL and is based in Toulouse.It's an Airbus A-320 so there is no chance to see the newly designed seats as Air France is fitting first the A 319 with the new leather cabin.
I take my seat in 4 F , the cabin is far from full and the next seat will remain free for the duration of the flight. Luggage is being loaded on the plane while an A-318 babybus is waiting for its next flight.
Flight attendants seem to have a small problem, usually it has to do with the headcount on board.
The problem is solved, doors are closed and armed and the purser proceeds to make the welcome on board announcements in French and English.
A dirty B77 with the old livery arrives from Sao Paulo. I wonder why it takes so long to toll out the new livery on all aircrafts ! It's not very France is in the air
This month's inflight magazine promotes Vancouver, the third Canadian city served by Air france.
As we start to go towards the runway I enjoy spotting from my seat.
American, French and Chinese relatives of the SKYTEAM family lined up along the terminal
Two huge A-380s
As we take speed for take off, I can see CDG where many long haul flights have just arrived.
Just after taking off we can see more of CDG with the usual morning traffic
Many Asian A380 with Singapore, Malaysian and Thai are parked in terminal 1 , the first terminal of CDG build 40 years ago.
This is the maintenance zone where Air France airplanes get a check between flights
A pillow is available on board this short domestic flight.
The right engine in flight
As frequent travellers on Air France know, the catering for morning flights consists of a choice of croissant or other breakfast rolls instead of the usual salty or sweet snacks. I choose a chocolate roll with a cappuccino . The flight attendant suggest we can take more than one as the flight is not full. A little but kind proposal.
Flight attendants proceed in the cabin
I decide to join François for landing in row 7 as the seats next to him are free.
An Airbus A 350-900 is waiting for us
What I like about Toulouse is that the airport is used by Airbus and that you can spot many airlines that are not usually seen in Europe such as this nice Hawaiian airlines A 330
We land 10 minutes ahead of schedule ! A last look at my plane
A welcome sign is posted near the exit
We head to gates C& D where Mathieu and Chevelan are arriving from Lyon and where all the gang is waiting for us. No need to say it was a great week end.
A little bonus of the Aeroscopia museum which is worth visiting if you visit Toulouse !
Air France Lounge - 2F, F2
Paris - CDG
Toulouse - TLS
A typical , yet very good flight on board a domestic Air France flight. A small breakfast, a nice crew, ahead of schedule arrival what else can you ask for ?
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