An Air France Airbus A330-200 aircraft took off from Paris-Charles de Gaulle on its route to Accra yesterday and, ordinarily, this would really classify as "news"...but this aircraft was a little different. This particular Air France A330 is the first of 15 such aircraft to feature the airline's new A330 Business Class cabin as well as refurbished Premium Economy and Economy Cabins.
It's a busy time of year for airline catering departments as new menus and meals are launched in an attempt to keep passengers happy for another few months. Last week we had Air France announcing the latest creations from its Michelin-starred chefs for the first few months of the year, yesterday Cathay Pacific announced its new meals across all long-haul cabins and now we have Air France back again to let us know about the creations we can expect in its First Class "La Première" cabin.
Air France is one of the few airlines that regularly updates us on what it's offering customers onboard. Most airlines rotate their menus reasonably frequently (especially in premium cabins) but I can't think of another airline that's as keen to share what it serves onboard as Air France - I take that as a good thing.
Delta and its SkyTeam partners have released a few good Business Class fares for travel between Madrid and at least 5 US cities for travel starting almost straight away so, if you're looking to head to the US, these could be an economical way to get there in a little bit of comfort.
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.
From tomorrow, 9 January 2019, Air France is launching a new premium a la carte menu called "healthy" (I hope they didn't pay anyone to come up with that name!) and, according to the airline, it will offer a "light and balanced" option "inviting customers to enjoy fresh, gourmet products on board a long-haul flight".
Air France has partnered with the French national train operator to offer passengers departing Paris Charles de Gaulle the opportunity to check their bags at a central Paris railway station on the day of their flight.
Air France & KLM are currently offering a fantastic Business Class fare for travel between Helsinki and Dubai and the fare is available for multiple months of 2019.
If you've been struggling to find a gift for the AvGeek in your life Air France may be able to help you out. Soon, and for a limited time, you'll be able choose to buy up to three new products that have been created from the fabric used to cover the seats in Air France's Concorde fleet.
If you’ve flown in Air France Premium Economy or Business Class this month you may have noticed that the airline has refreshed two of its onboard amenity kits for the second half of the year (I haven’t heard about any changes to the First Class offering). The new amenity kits debuted on flights back on 1 July and they will be offered onboard through 31 December 2018.