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Air France Business Class Los Angeles to Paris Trip Report – Boeing 777-200ER

20th February 2016
Air France Flight 69
Depart : Los Angeles (LAX)
Arrive : Charles De Gaulle (CDG)
Departure time : 6:45pm (Actual 7:15pm)
Arrival Time : 2:30pm (Actual 2:06pm)
Boeing 777-200ER
Seat : 7A
Flight Time 9h 51m
Meal Service : Dinner & Breakfast
Aircraft : G-GSPK (Delivered 15/01/2000)

I had been really keen to try the new air France business class product since they introduced the flat beds. They typically have two flights a day from LAX – CDG and one is operated by the A380 and another by a 777. You would have thought that the flagship aircraft would have the fully flat-bed product, but it does not, sadly air France’s A380’s still have the older angled product which I don’t find that great.

 Today’s flight was scheduled for departure around 6.45, I decided to arrive at the airport a few hours earlier to check out the lounge and relax before the flight, Air France use the Korean Airlines lounge at LAX inside the Tom Bradley terminal.

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Air France check in is located at point B inside the tom Bradley terminal

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I was fairly early for check in and the lines were not existant

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 Check in was very quick and the agent was nice and professional, she handed me my boarding pass and off I went to security.

I do like the classic departure board they have on display in TBT

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After security I arrived into the recently revamped departure area of Tom Bradley, I have to say that I do think this is now one of the better departure area’s for a US airport.

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I really like the fact that the terminal is well-lit, has a good amount of shops and places to eat and drink and I love the digital projections on the elevator towers.

After having a wander around I decided to visit the Korean air lounge.

You need to go up to the second level of the terminal and walk down a long walk way to the end to end of the path and you arrive at the KAL lounge.

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After having my boarding pass checked I was welcomed into the lounge.

The lounge itself is massive and has a Business class area and also a private first class area.
There really is plenty of space for everyone to sit, even when Korean Air’s A380 is in town, there will still be plenty of space for all of the business class passengers.

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Apart from the sheer amount of seats, the lounge is really a let down.
Take for example the lounge food selection, I find it even worse than some US domestic lounges.

You could have some chips and salsa (the cheap jar kind)

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Or choose from the terrible sandwich selection

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or perhaps eat some carrots, celery or sliced up bell pepper

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and if you thought the food was bad enough, you should see the drinks selection

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and then the sad self-serve bar

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Remember the KAL lounge has no champagne on offer at all

I checked out the terrace and sat down for a little bit

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I will say that the terrace does have a nice view of the entire terminal and makes for some good people watching.

I then checked out the facilities before heading to the gate for boarding.

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It took me about 5 minutes to walk from the lounge to find myself at our departure gate
I took a look out of the window and had a nice view of our 777-200ER

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Boarding was called first with Business class passengers, followed by Sky Priority

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Boarding was called a little bit late and I made my way onto the plane

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Today I would be seated in 7A, I was greeted when boarding the aircraft and made my way to my seat, the above and beyond business class cabin is really fantastic and a massive improvement compared to the other air France business class product and it also means everyone has direct aisle access.

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I made myself comfortable and took a look around the seat, it was nice to have a bigger pillow than normal.

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There is a handy storage compartment for items during the flight and where your headphones are stored, I did find this really handy

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The business cabin filled up quickly,
To the side of the seat there is a USB charge point and also a universal power point.

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The flying time today was around 10 hours, also it’s not noted on seat guru, but seat 7A only has one window seat due to its position and this might be a no-no for some people, but as it was a night flight I had no problem at all.

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There is also some good space at the front of the seat, and for the time being I stored my blanket and pillow

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The crew then came around and offered pre departure drinks, I asked for Champagne and I was informed that with US law they were not permitted to serve alcohol when in the air and only offered water or orange juice.

I settled on just some water and did not point out to the crew that a lot of airlines serve alcohol on the ground, but it seems Air France are too cheap to pay the taxes to serve alcohol when on the ground at LAX.

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I was then given a hot towel before departure and offered an amenity kit

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I did forget to open the amenity kit during the flight and take a few pictures of the contents, but it was nothing out of the ordinary and featured all the standard items.

We then started our taxi to the runway a little behind schedule

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It was a nice clear evening in Los Angeles and take off was smooth and we made our way to 15,000 FT at which point the captain turned off the seat belt sign as we had smooth air.

The crew then handed out Menus

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It was then at this point the crew sort of vanished for a short period of time and came back about thirty minutes later to offer drinks in the cabin.

I selected the Champagne to start and it was accompanied with a packet of nuts

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 It when then followed by the Amuse Bouche

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The starter consisted of Smoked Salmon and Foie Gras and a side salad

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For my main I went with the Chicken special and it was really tasty, and I really enjoyed it

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I then finished with the Trio of deserts

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I then finished the meal with some Jack Daniels, I wish they had better Bourbons on board, but sadly it just seemed to be fairly low-grade generics brands.

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I then had my bed made up to sleep in and catch some rest

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The seat does recline into a fully flat-bed and was really very comfortable and I was able to drift off for a few hours sleep

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I only slept for a very short period of time and awoke and decided I would give the cheese plate a try, the crew decided to give me two cheese places and some wine which was nice of them

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With just under four hours of flying time left the sun started to rise and I enjoyed watching it from my window.

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It seemed like a good time for some Ice Cream

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The flying conditions during the flight has been good and it had been mostly a very smooth ride.

With about 1 hour and thirty minutes remaining the lights in the cabin started to come on and the breakfast service began.

I opted for the cheese omelette and asparagus which was very tasty and enjoyable.

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The new IFE that comes with the seats if also fantastic and has an amazing airshow that is really interactive.

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Before I knew it we had started our arrival into Paris and it was a cloudy and overcast day with some fairly glum skies.

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Touch down was smooth and we taxied to the gate fairly quickly.
Overall I had really enjoyed the experience on Air France, the crew had been super friendly during and the new seat fantastic making it one of the better products from California to Europe.

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