Route: Paris - Hong Kong
Airline: AF - Air France
Wifi : Not Available
Cabin Class: Business Class
Aircraft Type: Boeing 777-300 ER
Flight #: AF 188
Flying Air France has always been great pleasure. The airline has been in the forefront of innovation, design and comfort and apart from excellent connections it offers to New Zealand business travellers across Europe. Codesharing with Air New Zealand and Malaysia Airlines, Air France connects to Paris from the USA or Asia (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong).
I fly Air France from Paris to Hong Kong which is operated on a Boeing 777-300 ER.
Air France 188 departs Charles De Gaulle Airport, Terminal 2E, Paris at 2330 hours and arrives in Hong Kong 1830 hours the next day.
Business Class passengers on Air France flights check in at the Sky Priority Check-in counters at Terminal 2E.
Business Class checked baggage allowance:
32 kg total weight spread across a maximum of two bags.
Carry-on baggage allowance:
2 x hand carries with 2 x accessories with a total weight of 18 kgs max.
Frequent Flyer Program:
Flying Blue Frequent Flyer program
Air France Business class guests are invited to the Air France Business Class lounges located in Hall K, L and M.
The glamorous Air France Business Class lounge is open from 0530 to 2330 daily offers top services to departing passengers including free use of digital tablets, premium beverages, hot and cold meals, showers, and relaxation and spa treatments from beauty partner Clarins.
With an on time departure on a rainy day out of Paris, the flight had a bumpy climb before settling at 35,000 feet.
Flight time to Hong Kong is 12 hours and 05 minutes and arrival into Hong Kong is at 1830 hours at dusk with great reflections of the sun setting over Hong Kong..
Boarding was at gate C7 and was swift for Sky Priority customers. I was introduced to my seat by the experienced Air France cabin crew, my jacket received and a welcome drink offered. It wasn’t long that we pushed back and were on our way.
The Boeing 777-300 ER Business Class cabin was refurbished in 2014 with entirely new business class seat. On the Boeing 777-300 ER, there are 60 lie-flat business-class seats in 15 rows laid out in a 1-2-1 reverse-herringbone configuration.
The first four rows are in a front cabin directly behind first class. The remaining 11 rows are in a larger cabin behind the lavatories and galley. These seats are 21.5 inches wide and have 61 inches of pitch, though they recline to just under 78 inches in the lie-flat mode.
The sleek, streamlined design of the seats get your immediate attention as you board the aircraft. The textured backsplash of the rather thin seat shell adds to the depth of the look and the cabin brighter more spacious.
The seats are adorned in the patriotic colours of blue-white-red and the seat is a perfect cobalt blue that makes it look classy.
The bright red coloured seat-side cupboard is a perfect little design statement with Bose noise cancellation headphones. Also a perfect little vault to store your valuables like the wallet and passport.
It comes with a vanity mirror on the door for the little touch-ups on the face before landing.
Each seat has a USB and a universal power-point.
The bright reading LED light is perfect for those late-night reads and also has the remote for the entertainment system stacked next to it.
Across from the seat is the stool that serves as a footrest and the foot of the bed. I was impressed by how much room there was.
There is extra space next to the window that is perfect to store items like tablets and laptops. There is no restraint however so it’s not ideal for take-off and landing.
The seat is controlled by three buttons. One shifts the seat backward and forward while raising or reclining the seat-back. The second is the main recline button that takes you all the way down into lie-flat mode. The third is the button that gets you back into the upright position.
So instead of being able to move the individual parts of the seat — seat back, bottom cushion, leg rest — in myriad positions, it sort of goes through a pre-set range of motion.
The feather down pillow with the crisp cotton pillow cover was also a nice touch and super-comfortable to sleep on since it helps maintain a nice, constant temperature.
The full flat bed that the seat coverts into is super-comfortable and is top of the range and found on some of top airlines today. The design is comfortable on any angle of recline whether its a semi-recline or a full flat bed.
Welcome drinks were served once seated and the Champagne of the day was Laurent Perrier. The crisp chilled bubbly was a perfect way to settle in.
Meals service started about thirty minutes into the flight. In the Business cabin, you also have the chance to discover or rediscover classic wines from every region of France on our wine list. Savor them in sleek, elegant glasses designed by Jean-Marie Massaud.
Having had dinner at the lounge, I opted for the started course only which was perfectly cured pastrami with a lentil salad paired with my champagne. The pastrami was moist and came accompanied with a soft brie cheese. A light option to the long flight was just what was needed and finished off with a custard tart.
The high-definition in-flight entertainment touch screens in business class are 16 inches wide. They lock into the seat back for takeoff and landing but can swivel out for better viewing at other times.
The multi-control IFE has a smart remote that can be used to do many different things on the IFE including viewing the menus, catching up on the flight path and also watch a movie on it.
The IFE featured latest flicks, entertainment and programmes to suit. The clear, crisp reception of the screen made the entertainment more enjoyable.
Slippers and socks were also provided wrapped in a luxury carry bag that added to the product list.
The amenity kits aboard the flight were bright blue patriotic coloured pouches by Clarins. They consisted of all that was required for the long-haul flight.
The lavatories contained Clarins products including moisturizer and facial mist.
Fascinating as it is, the Air France Business class value proposition is par-excellence. It’s designed for comfort keeping in mind total relaxation and requirements of the business class traveller on a long-haul route. It’s innovative design offers for privacy and discretion along with top Air France award winning service all through the flight.
5 Stars from me.