3 June 2019 Off By Cyrus Matho

Air France, the French flag carrier, was formed on October 7, 1933 in a merger with Air Orient, Air Union, The International Air Navigation Company, and the Société Générale des Transports Aériens (STGA). During the second world war, the airline was headquartered in Marseille, France which was far from the war front, at the time. The company was nationalized in 1945 before being privatized again in 1999. The airline also acquired Air Inter and the private UTA (Union de Transports Aériens) in 1990. In 2000, Air France was one of the founding members of the SkyTeam Global Airline Alliance. In 2004, the French carrier and the Netherlands-based airline KLM merged, forming what is known today as Air France – KLM Group.

Nowadays, Air France flies to more than 150 destinations around the world and operates a fleet of more than 200 aircraft. Its fleet ranges from the Airbus A318 to the A380, and the Boeing 777 which you are about to board.

Today’s trip will embark you on-board the B777-300ER between New York and Paris Charles-de-Gaulle in Air France’s Economy Class. This flight is operated daily as “AF023” and departs the city that never sleeps at 16:35 local and lands in the French capital at 05:50 local time.

At JFK’s airport, Air France welcomes its passengers at Terminal 1. This terminal is indeed welcoming and offers a good number of automated check-in machines. The indications are clear and the airport staff is professional.

Once through security, you do not find a large area, but you will find the basic duty-free shops expected at an international airport.

Today’s bird is a 13-year-old B77W registered F-GSQL. It is equipped with two big GE90-115B.

Revealed in 2014, the Best & Beyond cabin of the Air France’s B777 offers a very pleasant feeling of space and modernity, especially due to the luminous onboard lighting and the warm mix between blue and red colors. With its 3-4-3 configuration, this Air France’s triple seven can carry up to 296 passengers with 4 in “La Premiere,” 58 in Business Class, 28 in Premium, and 206 in Economy.

This configuration offers a rather correct pitch of 32″ and a seat width of 17″. The seats are comfortable, equipped with an adjustable headrest. Moreover, a pillow and a blanket were placed on every seat upon boarding. An electronic PC outlet and a USB port, are also featured in this Economy cabin.

The meal service began about an hour after take-off with an “A La Carte” menu distributed to passengers on the ground. Today, we decided to have you discover the Mafalda pasta and its Mediterranean sauce. The food is correct, and a wide selection of drinks are also proposed to the travelers. The red wine chosen to accompany today’s dish is a rather good 2016 “Roc de Belame”. A breakfast composed of a hot drink, orange juice, yogurt, and bread was served before landing in Paris.

Entertainment-wise, this Economy cabin is fitted with 11″ large IFE screens offering near 100 films, 26 video games, and 300 music albums. To enjoy it, headsets are distributed by the crew upon departure. The Air France Magazine, as well as a selection of newspapers, were available during the flight.

On this route, Air France suffers from hard competition as American Airlines, Delta and the low-cost carrier Norwegian are also connecting JFK and Paris, not to mention United Airlines flying from Newark Airport. The overall product is good and within the standards of the market. The crew was friendly, available, and regularly passed through the cabin to propose different beverages during the flight.

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