After my two positioning flights from Omaha (OMA) and Minneapolis (MSP), I'd finally arrived in New York (JFK). Our flight was scheduled to depart at 4:30PM so we began boarding at 3:40PM.
Premium passengers we're called first and then everyone else was free to board. I was a little surprised that economy passengers weren't divided into boarding groups like most US domestic flights. It was sort of just a free for all after the premium passengers boarded.
Elizabeth and I had picked seats 52 A & B. We chose the very back pair because there are only two seats in that row.
Surprisingly, there was a decent amount of leg room. There was also a gap between my seat and the wall of the plane that served as a great place to stretch my feet. It's nice when you're 6'2" tall and you get a couple inches to spare. For economy seats these were probably two of the best options on the plane.
Our seats were also just around the corner from the lavatories so it made for quick and easy access. The lavatories were spacious and kept very clean throughout the fight
When I got to my seat there was a light blanket and a small pillow awaiting us.
The pillow was small and flat and the blanket was barley enough to cover either your legs or upper body. I'd suggest bringing along your own pillow and blanket if you're like me and enjoy being a wrapped up like a gordita in blankets. After take off we were distributed headphones and sleeping masks.
The headphones were your prototypical circa 2005 over-the-ear model. Once again I'd suggest bringing your own with you. I ended up using my iPhone earbuds instead. The seat combo also had 1, 110 volt universal outlet.
This could potentially be an issue if you're seated next to stranger who'd also like to charge their electronics. We taxied out to the runway and had to wait for a couple planes to take off ahead of us before we were cleared. We were are born just a little after 4:45PM. After the captain turned off the seat belt sign, the crew immediately passed out menus for dinner.
I chose the chicken with cream sauce and wild rice. In customary French fashion I also had the champagne to drink.
Elizabeth on the other hand chose the pennine pasta with rosee sauce. She also had the champagne to drink.
I thought overall the meal was actually quite tasty for economy airplane food. I was really impressed by the berry marble cake served for desert, it was DELICIOUS! I could've easily eaten my fills worth of that alone. Once I was done eating, I browsed though the entertainment selection.
Air France had great in-flight entertainment options. They had some good TV show and Movie choices along with games, music, and a section for kids. I chose to watch Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal and made it through about 30 minutes before falling asleep. I woke up somewhere over the Atlantic and finished watching the rest.
About an hour out from our estimated arrival time, the crew distributed the pre-arrival breakfast meal. It consisted of orange juice, coffee or tea, a blueberry muffin and yogurt.
We finally landed in Paris right at 5:10AM local time. We had a long taxi to our gate at Terminal 2 before we could deplane.
For my first trans-Atlantic red eye I thought it was a good flight. The food was good, there was a great entertainment selection, and I even managed to get some shut eye. I'd definitely fly Air France again to Paris if I have the chance!
Deric "Passenger" Poldberg