Air France, Business Class – Airbus A 319: Paris CDG to Zürich

TRANSFER IN CDG 2

I must admit that I am just slightly worried about my connection in Paris. After all, Roissy is a big place that sprawls over a vast area. Fortunately, it turn out that Terminals 2E and 2F are connected to each other and within walking distance. So I needn’t have worried, because the whole process is swift and effortless.

There are separate queues for SkyPriority passengers for both security and immigration, which make the transfer painless. Twenty minutes after I exit the aircraft from Singapore, I’m already sitting in the lounge in Terminal 2F. My flight will be departing from gate F50.

LOUNGE

The pier has been completely redone since my last visit. And the lower level, which is also where the lounge is, has been extended to create an entirely new floor.

The lounge is already busy. But I’ll only be here for about thirty minutes anyway, to grab a coffee and go to the loo before my onward connection to Zürich.

BOARDING

Boarding starts on time and it looks as though it’s going to be a full flight, because they’ve already started labelling the larger items of hand luggage of passengers sitting in Economy Class to take down into the aircraft’s hold.

CABIN

Today I’m seated on 2A. The pitch is fairly tight on the second row. Once boarding is completed, I notice that 1D and 1F are still available. But eventually I decide that 2A isn’t that tight and I can’t be bothered to move again. I’m tired.

This morning there are five rows of Business Class and it looks as though the forward cabin is full.

CREW

The flight attendant serving Business Class is this big, friendly woman and she’s either totally cool or has nerves of steel. Because her service is friendly and unhurried. She’s doing a full tray service, serving twenty passengers individually and on her own with a flight time of only 55 minutes.

THE MEAL

The meal consists of:

Cooked ham with pickled vegetables

A selection of cheese and a chorizo soufflé

Milk rice

Strawberry tartare

Selection from the bread basket

The breakfast tray has a good size and combines a nice selection of different tastes and flavours. No sooner has the flight attendant handed the passenger behind me their tray, the captain comes on and announces the top of descent. But our flight attendant is hardly impressed and just carries on regardless. Excellent!

ARRIVAL

Being early on a Sunday morning means we’ll be making an approach for runway 34. Which is good news, because it means they’ll be bringing us in over lake Zurich and closer to the Alps, which look lovely covered in snow.

Eventually we land at 08h40. By the time we taxi to the gate it’s 08h50. And that brings to an end my Australian adventure. Tomorrow I’ll be off again, but nowhere near as nice as Australia.

CONCLUSION

All I can say is that this trip has firmly established Air France as one of my favourite airlines. The consistency of the product, the friendliness and professionalism of their staff, as well as the very high quality and quantity of the food make it a real pleasure to travel with Air France. I also think that both Air France and Roissy airport have made an impressive effort these last few years to upgrade and improve their service and the customer experience. I shall look forward to my next trip with them!

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2 Responses to Air France, Business Class – Airbus A 319: Paris CDG to Zürich

  1. Mal says:

    Nice series of TRs. Have to concur about AF. Avoided them for years because of CDG itself, the strikes and AF’s indifferent reputation; for all its quirks KL rarely let me down badly and AMS is a breeze 99% of the time.
    But…KL’s pricing has gone haywire ex-UK, so the last two trips were business class with AF/Hop/Joon and I genuinely couldn’t fault them. Great staff, CDG is improved and the lounges (2E/F) had a good selection of decent hot food. Obviously not the Al-Mourjan, but for a European lounge very acceptable.

    Safe travels this year, looking forward to reading more.

  2. wwk5d says:

    Air France really has stepped up it’s game, with improvements in catering, service, and lounges. Their hard product still needs some catching up, though, as they still have many planes that don’t offer all-isle access and flat beds…

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