Air France A380

Air France flies an Airbus A380 concerning San Francisco and Paris (Picture: Jason Vaudrey)

In June, I professional Air France’s Premium Economy class from San Francisco (SFO) to Paris- Charles De Gaulle (CDG). I was heading to Athens and discovering Crete in Greece and wanted to see Berlin also. [More…]

Throughout summer season, Air France flies the two an Airbus A380 and a B777 on the SFO-CDG route. United flies a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Paris from SFO.

When pricing out several European carriers in which I could accrue miles on Alaska Airlines, I narrowed my selections to British Airways (by London), KLM (by Amsterdam), and Air France (by Paris) – all of which are Alaska Airlines Mileage Strategy associates. I also involved Virgin Atlantic, knowing I could generate factors on Virgin America, which then would inevitably transfer around into Alaska Airlines Mileage Strategy plan. KLM did not provide a high quality overall economy product and concerning British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air France, Air France experienced the very best airfare for Premium Economy.

On Air France, a round vacation overall economy airfare was roughly $1,250 concerning SFO and CDG and its Premium Economy was just $400 more at $1,650. I procured my ticket in mid-March 2017 for my June vacation.  I felt $two hundred added every way to sit in Premium Economy was really worth it.

I expended a few days in Paris, onwards to Berlin via Air France, and from Berlin I flew to Athens (via Aegean Airlines) and then flew to Crete for roughly two months. Though I understood my expertise in Premium Economy would not be the identical I professional on Singapore Airlines this previous December, I was really delighted with Air France and what they available.

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Air France A380 Premium economy

Premium overall economy on Air France’s A380 is on the upper deck with enterprise in front and overall economy driving (Image: Air France)

My primary explanation for choosing Premium Economy is the convenience of the seat and seat pitch. The other benefits these as focused priority test-in lane, lounge accessibility [for a cost – even more explanation beneath], and substitute food assistance choices ended up just icing on the cake. I took Air France’s flight eighty three, an A380, that departs SFO in the mid-afternoon and arrives in Paris the subsequent midmorning. The flight time was roughly 9 hrs 30 minutes. (On the return, I flew an Air France B777.)

Arriving at SFO, Air France has a focused lane for Sky Priority, which contains Premium Economy, Organization Class, and elite amount SkyTeam members. Premium Economy passengers are allowed to deliver two baggage (a small backpack, purse or notebook situation and a wheelie bag) for a blended fat of 40 kilos. The blended fat restrict for overall economy class passengers is 27 kilos. Though Air France does cost to test baggage in just Europe, you may test two baggage for no cost on transatlantic flights. I brought a wheelie bag that met the measurement dimension constraints for Air France and a backpack. Even with my notebook and my wheelie bag whole, my fat was a bit more than 40 kilos, but the ticketing agent stated, “that’s shut enough” and allowed me to deliver the two baggage on board the plane.

At SFO, KLM, Delta, and Air France share a lounge room and for $35, they allow for Premium Economy passengers accessibility. I did not have much time upon examining in and the time the flight boarded, so I did not use the lounge.

Nevertheless,  when I returned I experienced quite a few hrs in Charles DeGaulle, I was equipped to accessibility the Air France/Sky Priority lounge in terminal 2E for no cost. The agents scanned my boarding pass and welcomed me in and did not question for me to pay back. Nice! [Observe: Irrespective of Jason’s luck at obtaining in the lounge for no cost while flying high quality overall economy, the Air France web page reveals that he should really have been billed.]

The food items and no cost beverages (which include alcohol), the seating, the peace and silent, moreover sights of the runways and rapidly, no cost Wi-Fi manufactured my link concerning my flight from Athens to CDG and my departure to SFO pretty pleasurable. Below are some photographs from that check out:

Air France lounge at Paris CDG terminal 2E (Picture: Jason Vaudrey)

Free booze at the bar at the Air France lounge at CDG (Picture: Jason Vaudrey)

A awesome food in the Air France lounge at CDG (Picture: Jason Vaudrey)

Okay… again to boarding at SFO: Sky Priority members also get a focused protection screening lane (the two at SFO and CDG) which allowed me to skip the huge queue for all the worldwide passengers. Good news due to the fact at the time I cleared protection, the queue was really long. The shorter protection line saved me roughly 30 minutes at the protection checkpoint at SFO.

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Premium Economy boards with Organization Class passengers in Zone 1, and on the A380, the Premium Economy cabin is found on the upper deck. There are four rows in Premium Economy with bulkheads and curtains sectioning off the personal cabin room. Seats are configured two-three-two. I was seated in an aisle, 84K. (The structure in regular overall economy is two-four-two in the upper deck of the A380– on the major deck its three-four-three.) On the B777, high quality overall economy is configured two-four-two.

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