Air France Airbus A380 Flight 28 Business Class Paris-Washington, D.C. – Review
Air France is one of the leading European carriers connecting the United States and Europe, Asia, and Africa and one of the largest operators of the Airbus A380 in trans-Atlantic service. Air France flies to a dozen destinations in the U.S., and adds additional cities to its route map by its joint venture with Delta Air Lines. My check-in began in Montpellier, France where staffers were courteous and welcoming while always maintaining the distinctive French restraint.
Flying business class allowed me to enjoy one of many lounges at Charles de Gaulle airport where champagne and wine flow with apparent abandon. The buffet was stocked with fresh fruit, ham, cheese, yogurt, and sandwiches and was replenished throughout the morning. Soft drinks, juices, and Evian and Perrier were properly chilled and readily available.
A series of shower rooms are provided for travelers who want to refresh, but savvy travelers would dart for the Clinique Spa to make an appointment (weekdays only) for a 20-minute massage. Complimentary L’Occitane- toiletry kits are provided and the shower attendants will happily gift you a branded amenity kit even if you do not want a shower.
There was little wait at the SkyPriority line designated for elite frequent flyers and first and business class travelers on SkyTeam member airlines. Just a quick check of the passport, and the agent had me on my way.
My seat was at the bulkhead, which is not my preferred choice, but provided ample space and comfort. The crew was quick to greet everyone with a smile, newspapers, magazines, and champagne. Each seat already had a bottle of Evian awaiting passengers and an amenity kit that held the usual travel products and Clarins face lotion.
A watchful flight attendant was ready to hang up my jacket and all seats had blankets and attractive pillows, Comfortable, but not rushed.