Air France Launches New Amenity Kits & A New A La Carte Menu


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Air France has launched a set of limited edition amenity kits to celebrate its 85th anniversary and has announced a new a la carte dining menu for Economy and Premium economy passengers who are happy to pay a little extra to swap out the meals offered as part of their fare.

Air France 85th Anniversary Amenity Kits

Air France has unveiled 4 new Business Class amenity kits and 2 new Premium Economy amenity kits in honor of its 85th anniversary and all 6 kits are available onboard right now.

Air France Business Class Amenity Kit – Image courtesy of Air France

The Business Class amenity kits are available onboard all of Air France’s long-haul flights and include all the standard items usually offered by the airline….

  • Clarins moisturizing cream
  • Signal toothpaste
  • A toothbrush
  • Ear plugs
  • An Air France pen

…as well as a few new items too:

  • A Clarins hand cream
  • A 2-in-1 comb and brush
  • Dental floss
  • An adjustable night mask that matches the colour of the kits, available in 3 colours (orange, blue or turquoise blue)
Air France Business Class Amenity Kit – Image courtesy of Air France

There are two new Premium Economy amenity kits on offer on all Air France long-haul flights which offer a Premium Economy cabin – one in navy blue and the other in turquoise:

Air France Premium Economy Amenity Kit – Image courtesy of Air France

These amenity kits offer headphone protectors, ear plugs, a toothbrush, an eye mask and a pair of socks – no Clarins products for Premium Economy.

These amenity kits will be available onboard until the end of June at which point a new set of amenity kits will be introduced.

Air France Introduces A New A La Carte Menu

Air France’s a la carte menus are a collection of multi-course meals available for Economy and Premium Economy passengers to purchase onboard the airline’s long-haul flights in place of the regular meals included in the price of their fare.

Last week Air France announced that it would be introducing a new Healthy Menu to its a la carte offering from 1 April 2019 and now it has announced a new “Fauchon” menu too.

Fauchon is a French delicatessen company and its executive chef Sébastien Monceaux has designed a new 4-course menu for Air France’s a la carte offering:

Spring/summer menu available from April to September 2019:

  • Starter: Scallops with citrus fruits and red onion pickle
  • Main dish: Guinea fowl fillet and rosemary juice with a carrot, coconut and coriander puree
  • Cheese: Camembert served with a strawberry chutney
  • Dessert: Trio of pistachio, raspberry and lemon macaroons

Autumn/winter menu available from October 2019 to March 2020:

  • Starter: Cream of artichoke accompanied by a creamy herb, chicken and foie gras sauce
  • Main dish: Pan-fried scallops in a citrus fruit sauce and bulgur wheat with spices
  • Cheese: Comté served with curried pineapple chutney
  • Dessert: Caramel éclair by FAUCHON pastry chef, François Daubinet

Both the new meals look very nice indeed (I’d be intrigued to find out just how good the scallops are) but they come at a price – €28/~$32 or 8,500 Flying Blue Miles.

I value Flying Blue Miles at around 1 cent each so I would be disinclined to part with any miles in exchange for this meal unless I had a supply of more miles than I could realistically ever use.

All a la carte meals can be ordered from 90 days before departure up to 24 hours before departure so anyone traveling in the first few weeks of April can reserve these meals now.

Have any readers tried these Air France a la carte meals? Are they as good as they sound or are they just more overpriced airline food?

8 COMMENTS

  1. My wife and I had the a la carte menu on our return in PE from CDG a year ago. It was a noticeable upgrade over the standard economy meal on better crockery that they serve otherwise. You get an actual wine glass, cloth napkin, metal cutlery (at least we did, hard to tell in those photos if they have changed this), two sides and dessert instead of one side and dessert, and food quality more in line with business class. As an added plus they also brought out the a la carte meals to us individually and before the regular cart meal service, so we had our food first and it was a little more personal. In kind of a nice touch, even though you ordered ahead, the overwrap for the meal includes a printed menu to take home, since your dish is not on the flight menu of course. We seemed to be the only people in the whole cabin who had taken advantage of this. To be able to get it in economy would be an even bigger upgrade, I would definitely take advantage of it again.

    • That all sounds very nice and possibly even worth the cost….and I don’t get to say that very often about airline food 🙂

  2. You value Flying Blue miles at 1 cent, really? A one way flight in Business class US to Europe is about 57,500 miles, that would equate to valuing Business Class at $575, which makes absolutely no sense…

    • You appear to be suggesting that, to value FB miles, we should take an acceptable cost of a good TATL Business Class fare (say $1,800) and divide that by the number of miles required for a Business Class award ticket (let’s say 115,000 miles).

      That would come to ~1.56 cents per mile and, in my opinion, would be completely wrong.

      This valuation doesn’t take into account the taxes and surcharges involved across the various routes AF/KLM fly and doesn’t take into account the availability of awards in the first place – a currency has no value at all if you can’t use it.

      If I have misunderstood how you suggest FB Miles should be valued please accept my apologies and let me know how you value them.

  3. A minor point, but in the descriptions of the optional meals, the dessert in one of them is described as “three macaroons”. That appears to be incorrect. What is pictured are three MACARONS, a quite different kind of cookie.

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