Air France flies to multiple North American cities from its hub in Paris. It also flies direct from Los Angeles to Tahiti. The Air France website has a great tool for finding destinations. With their KLM joint venture, if Air France doesn't fly to a destination then chances are KLM does. As a Skyteam member Air France might be your airline when heading to Europe. Air France was voted the world's most improved airline in 2015 by SkyTrax.
Air France Premium Class
First Class - La Premièr Best and Beyond
Air France has branded their premium service "Best and Beyond". La Premièr is the name for Air France's first class product. The newest version of this product is being installed on their 777-300ER aircraft. You can tell if the aircraft has the new design installed if row one has four seats and they are not angled. Otherwise it is the old La Premièr seat. This seat appears to be the First Class Ultimate made by the Airbus seat maker Stelia.
First Class - La Premièr
This is the prior, and very nice, La Premièr first class product you'll currently find on their Airbus 380s. Note that the seats are angled in a 1x2x1 configuration.
Business Class - Best and Beyond
Air France is also upgrading their long haul fleet with a new business class product branded "Best and Beyond - Business". These are a customized version of the popular Zodiac Cirrus lie flat seats in the preferred reverse herringbone placement, allowing direct aisle access for all passengers, yet provide a feeling of privacy. The seats employ the latest technology as well; including a wide high definition touch screen monitor controlled by a touch screen handset. For comfort an oversized feather down pillow and duvet insure a good sleep.
When looking at a seat map if there is direct aisle access and the seats are angled, then it's the new product. All Boeing 777s are scheduled for the retrofit and completion is due by the middle of 2016. Air France has announced that A330 aircraft will be upgraded beginning in 2017 with completion late 2018. Next will be the Airbus 380 receiving the new interiors beginning in the second half of 2018. The A340's will not be upgraded as their retirement is scheduled when the carrier begins to receive their 787s and 350s starting in 2017.
Business Class - Angled Lie Flat
Here is the business class product that was introduced in 2010 on remaining 777s, A380s, A333s and A340s. Configuration is either 2x2x2 or 2x3x2. These seats are not angled. In a shell casing the seat extends but is not completely horizontal. According to Air France's press release on these seats they have almost 2 meters length (78 inches) when extended and 61 cm (24 inches) of width, dimensions for a nice comfortable business class seat. IFE is a 15 inch monitor placed in the back of the forward seat.
Business Class Amenities
Noise cancelling headphones are provided and entertainment includes 500 hours of varied programming. The travel kit includes Clarins skin treatment. When it's time to sleep a soft duvet and feather pillow are available. Champagne and wines from every region of France proceed the meal service created by Michelin chefs featuring appetizers, hot entrees, cheeses and desserts. Meals can be reserved in advance.
Air France Aircraft and Business Seat Specifications.
Best and Beyond Business class is currently installed in three of the 777 variants.
Additional long haul aircraft:
A330-200: Business 21 / Economy 147 (15 in fleet)
A340-300: Business 30 / Premium Economy 21 / Economy 224 (12 in fleet)
A380: First 9 / Business 80 / Premium Economy 38 / Economy 389 (10 in fleet)
For additional information on Air France and the new Best and Beyond product please visit their website.
images courtesy Air France, Airbus, Boeing
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