Our Experience: Flying Air France Business Class
For the international luxury traveler, the airline flights are the bookends to the entire travel experience. And frankly, most international journeys are determined by price, and not necessarily the best experience available.
It is for this reason that we’ve decided to begin sharing our experiences with various airlines as we bop around the world on our varied journeys.
First up, we’ll share our experience flying with Air France on our recent trip to Paris and the Bordeaux wine region.
If you’re flying to, or connecting through Paris, and like us prefer to avoid coach seating, then we recommend that you take a peek at Air France’s A380 flights. They fly out of New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles; and coming soon, Atlanta.
The A380 is the world’s largest civilian aircraft, and with it’s double decker seating, offers the most business class and premium economy seating in the Air France fleet.
The Air France A380 offers 9 first class suites, 80 angle-flat business class seats, 38 premium economy seats, and 389 economy seats, with the business class and premium economy seating on the upper deck.
We flew business class to France, and because business class was sold out on our return trip, we flew premium economy on the way back.
We’ll focus on the business class experience in this article, but let me just say that Air France’s premium economy is nicer, in our opinion, than most domestic first class seating. Though the seats aren’t as wide as domestic first class, they do offer lots of goodies and a nice lay-back pitch to keep you comfortable and entertained on the journey.
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The Air France Business Class Experience
At the Airport
As you might expect, with a business class ticket, there is no standing about in long lines. From the moment you walk in the airport, SkyPriority is your red carpet throughout the airport. The SkyPriority signs will offer you an exclusive check-in area, faster access through the security stations, and then off to enjoy the comfort of the business class lounges.
While we had no problems in Phoenix with crowds, it was very, very nice to skip past the crowds in JFK. And, oh my heavens, what a mob of people we faced coming back home in the Paris airport. The Tour de France had just finished, and the airport was absolutely insane! With our SkyPriority tickets, we breezed past the whole mess once we pushed our way in the front door.
Inside the Airplane
Once we arrived at our Air France business class seats, we could immediately tell that we were going to enjoy a comfortable and entertaining journey. Just take a look at the features available to us in our Air France business class seats:
- Most wonderfully, a lie-flat bed seat
A personal screen where we had over 500 hours of free movies, games, music, TV shows; and with the Air France Press app, we had access to many favorite newspapers and magazines at no extra charge
- A hypoallergenic feather pillow, with a soft blanket
- A “comfort and well-being” kit containing toiletries and Clarins skin treatment.
- Power outlet to plug in our gear
- A reading lamp in our seat that could be adjusted so as not to bother others
- Noise-cancelling headphones
- A personal telephone to make calls via satellite
- And ample storage space for our computers, iPad, and more.
Although I tend not to be able to sleep on long flights, I can attest that I was certainly far more rested with this flight than any I can recall. Very nice, indeed!
Dining in Air France Business Class
As you might expect from the French, dining in business class seating was a completely unexpected culinary experience.
We started off with a wonderful flute of chilled champagne accompanied by a box of tasty Apéricrepes filled with Comté cheese and walnuts. YUM!
As you might expect, we enjoyed a long list apéritifs that included single malt scotch, apéritif anisé (yum), 10 year-old port wines, beers, soft drinks, and of course French wines. And, after dinner there was another list of digestifs such as cognac, armagnac, and more.
As we approached our meal, we learned that our evening meal was especially designed by the world-famous Michelin-starred Chef Joël Robuchon. How cool is that! We’ve enjoyed a few meals at a few of his various locations around the world, and enjoyed them immensely.
As you can see pictured above, we started our culinary journey with an L’amuse-bouche: shrimp, guacamole, and pink grapefruit.
Next, we enjoyed a gourmet appetizer consisting of Maine lobster with wasabi mayonnaise, and mango salad. YUM!
After enjoying our appetizer, out came a fabulous green curry chicken with poppy seed rice. Green food never photographs well, so I haven’t shown you my photograph. BUT, it sure was tasty!
If all of that wasn’t enough, out next came cheeses, the mango-coconut and raspberry cake pictured above, chocolates, and a double shot of decaf espresso for yours truly.
Without a doubt, this was the most fabulous cuisine we’ve experienced on an airline flight. Magnifique!
To make our culinary experience even greater, about 90 minutes before landing in Paris, we enjoyed fresh fruits, yogurt, French breads, pastries, along with some great French roasted coffee. Wow! What an eye opener!
Well, as I think you can see, our experience flying Air France business class was a fabulous experience, and one that we look forward to enjoying again in the future.
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