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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.
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)
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:
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?