Nagelneu! Air France A350 Business Class nach Paris | YourTravel.TVOn February 6, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Hi guys, we are again at Toronto Airport but not flying BA but..Air France with the brandnew A350 business-class to Paris and we´re much too early at the airport, already checked-in our luggage but cannot proceed for final check-in due to counter opening 2 to 3 hours in advance. That´s what we´re waiting for right now.. Interestingly, there´s a KLM connection at 6pm and we hope to get our luggage claimed to go on with security check. With the Amex Platinum you´re allowed to use the fast lane security check here at Pearson International.. ..even if flying economy. Yes, if one is that early as we were, you are done quite quickly. We´ve been the first in the business line. Now we´ll shortly go through the duty free store to buy something. Maybe cigarettes for our friends. Unfortunately this repeats every time. We´re not smoking but friends are doing thus we´ll have a look around what we can get. Hm..only parfume and alcohol.. a duty free without any alcohol? That´s impossible! He´s making fun.. Yes, we pretty much know this way as we departed from here 3 or 4 weeks ago with BA´s new A350-1000. That was a nice flight and is already online. If you´d like to see it, push the i above! And we go to another lounge right now. We´ve been to the prime-class lounge in those days and will go to the Air France/KLM Lounge today. I hope that we´ll be able to depart. Just today it´s a bit snowy. It´s snowing for 3 hours now, totally white outside but all internationals departed so far.. You ´ve been here? Maybe in your dreams? That was the Air France/KLM Lounge with a lot of people, why we didn´t film that much. We were even appealed by the airport staff who are knowing us. But he said that he only watches the videos in englisch language. Yeah, so that´s why i couldn´t film that much and at the same time KLM´s 747 departed, filling up the lounge quickly. Additionally, Air Lingus and El Al is allowed to enter the lounge. However, we move on to our Gate B29 with a little delay of 15min in boarding time but it´s already a lot of trouble around the gate..everybody is ready for departure and it´s raining. Everything is possible..i´m excited! Ok, there are partly unloading the aircraft but did you see? It´s really dark outside and the glas is mirroring so i can´t take a picture . But the A350-900 already looks pretty cool..close to the window and it´s brandnew. Air France is flying Toronto – Paris for only one month. Before with the 777..and it has a special business-class which i´m gonna show you soon. Oh i´m lucky that it´s not the amenity kid, that would be small. But good that they offer slippers with those shoes i´m wearing! Oh lord, that´s a lot of stuff at my place.. Next to the slippers a package with the blanket and and a big pillow. Everything in the AirFrance colurs. But some items are still missing..they´ll probably get them to us during the boarding. It´s a bit hectic and they started a bit late and had a lot of wheelchairs to put into the aircraft. That costs a lot of time and we already startetd 15min too late due a late arrival of the aircraft and the bad weather. I´m gonna change my shirt with a hoodie and something cosy. Oha, that quick? Alright.. I got a huge compartment with the headphones and a small bottle of water. A huge mirror and the controller for the screen in front of me. I close it to set-up my camera. They quickly removed ice and snow out of the engines..if that is normal? But it snowed a lot for the last few hours. Hopefully we can depart..but otherwise they wouldn´t do the boarding. But it´s a lot of trouble around here and many connections were canceled. Especially by Air Canada. But the connections to Europe actually worked so far. Actually pretty nice so far. A huge compartment. And look at this. That´s new..like in the A380. This is one of the first A350, Air France received and the first business class..brandnew! You may know it..To date there´s a 2-2-2 configuration in the A380 which is awful and the reverse hemingbone configuration in the 777 which is actually good! In a 1-2-1 configuration like this, one is sitting diagonal at the window. Here it´s alternating..to the floor and Dominik at the window. That´s cool, we have a neighbour, she has kids who liked to be with her and she is making them jaleous with her seat and the champagne. Air France offers orange juice, champagne and water as welcome drink and it´s served while business-class boarding is finished. Premium Eco and Eco is in process right now, but we are about 10 minutes late with departure. That´s like i said the new bussiness class of the A350 by Air France in a 1-2-1 configuration and 34 seats. There´s no “La premiere” but premium eco and an economy behind the business class and the seats are convertible to flat beds. I´ll show the details later but i can already tell you that it´s about 6″ 6´ length and 53cm width probably comfortable to sleep on and different to the usual 1-2-1 or 2-2-2 configuration like in the A380 or 1-2-1 reverse hemingbone in the 777. I´m pretty excited what Air France is offering during this flight The amenity kid..i´m thrilled about every time and it´s different everywhere. But i already know this one. We had it on an A380 flight. One compartment is for cremes and tooth paste. Tooth paste, ear plugs the hygiene pad for the ear phones over there and in the other compartment, the sleep mask and a..a glasses cleaning cloth, oh that´s new a shoehorn, the toothbrush and a pen. That´s it! Oh look, a KLM crew is inside that fits well. yeah, they are like a heart and a soul anyway. I got a nice colour..turquoise, the last one in that colour. But we´ll later ask for more. I like these by Air France.. There´s a nice shirt by Pascal from Aero News Germany: “Air Frongs” not with “sch” at the end? No bet we can do it.. The boarding is still running though i´ve enough time to show you a few things in front of me. As i said, there´s a large turquoise, blue, green or whatever pillow, a blanket. The slippers and a quite huge touch screen with two camera views of the A350 One in the trail, showing a top-down view with engines and wings and one in the bug but it´ll be dark outside and i won´t see that much The table is a little bit hided down here.. i got to push once and pull it out to move it. That´s cool! If i like to leave my place, i could easily retract it while all items can stay on top..a good solution. Actually it should start slowly but i still see an open luggage compartment through the camera what means they are still loading. I can tell you that we already departed from here with the BA A350-1000. Meanwhile, we probably flew every available A350 this year We flew Las Vegas via London and New York with Virgin Atlantics brandnew A350-1000. We flew Air Caraibes A350 and Hainan Airlines, Hongkong Airlines A350, Lufthansa A350 from Souel, Philippines Airlines and Singapore Airlines A350 LR..so that´s a lot. That should be all or what do you think? Write it into the comments if any Airlines are missing. I´m pretty sure that at least one is missing which i wanna fly next year! And it hasn´t got red engines any more. Do you know which one it is? That´s the menu for our flight back to Paris…it looks great! And it´s good to read. It´s not french. She actually knew that i´m not french. Let´s have a look..Mushrooms and a salad for starter. Or a beef stew..that´s probably my choice again. A goulash but with curry or fish (salmon) and for those who didn´t like anything of that, they offer mushroom ravioli with parmesan! Well, the loading compartments are still open and we additionally need to deice.. what means at least 1 hour delay. Fortunately, we have 4 hours overlay at Paris before heading to Hannover, so no worries about that. But it could be a problem for those with short connection times. But one can´t change it. For these cases, having massive delays and not getting a suitable connection flight, one can receive the so called compensation payments. I made a video about that. Flight right could be a good contact for all legal matters and rules if you don´t wanna do it by yourself and this gets you back up to 600€. If we would be delayed 3 hours at Hannover we could call for 600€ each, that´s a lot of money and you should take it. That was the perser who said hello to every single guest and telling me his seat in case of any requests. I like it and he is talking to everybody by his name. Before the safety video begins, they present the A350 LED power what enjoy pretty much. That also works in the Dreamliner but the A350 has a great light. You can set it up with different colours, now showing the Air France colours. red to the right and blue to the left. But now the safety video can start and we are ready for pushback. Ready for deiceing and than it´s about 6.45 hours to Paris not really a long time and it´s night what makes it a bit complicated as you cannot sleep very well. It takes about 2h until you can eat what only makes 4h of rest or flight time where you can´t get restful sleep. If you depart during forenoon, it´s totally different as it is a day flight what is more relaxed. About 75 dBA..that´s actually low although i already had it more quiet. I espacially was impressed with the A321neo LR from TAP Portugal. We sat in the front of the business-class and it was really quiet! But it´s still quiet with 75 dBA. I can hear the other guests talking so 75 is a good value. The socks are within the slippers and an additional pad for the earphones. I heared you already felt asleep.. Dominik just said that thy first took the food wishes of the so called “goldies” or those having an airline status though they asked us first and then continued with the other guests. Thus, we choosed first because it could happen that the selected meal isn´t available any more if sitting in the rear. That´s one of many advantages of having a status. It´s about showing the Airline your loyality and thereby receiving certain advantages Like the individual welcome greets, a pre-boarding, what rather garuantees free space in the overhead bins. because if you´re late, it can happen that you got to claim your luggage due to less space. One gets free lounge access, no matter which booking class. Or collecting miles, respectively more miles because you get a bonus on top like during this flight.. We only paid 39.750 Miles for Toronto – Paris – Hannover in business class. Additionally, about 220€ for tax and fees makes it a good deal. And 40.000 Miles is actually not that hard to reach. Just guess, with an credit card like the Amex you collect amex rewards points with ervery single euro. Those points can be transferred to many airlines like Air France or KLM in a certain ratio (5:4) and that´s what i did. I already had some miles before but i could increase it to reach the 40.000 miles by that. It takes about 1 day to credit on your account and you´re able to book the flight by then. It´s a pretty simple thing if you keep it up a little bit. and we explain those travel hacks in a lot of videos. The credit cards and the “how to transfer” is all shown in a tutorial. That you can send payback points directly to miles and more or to different flying programs via your amex card. It´s a simple thing, or not. Depends on yourself. It´s a wide topic. Miles, points, credit cards, status. That´s what we talk about in the travel hacks. While the food is prepared, i´m gonna show you the seat. There are turbulences. But anyways, i can show you the seat.. There´s a panel with 3 buttons to my right but also to my left. Here we go, i´m in the lying position. Air France put in seats to this business class with about 6″ 5´ length and 53cm width. I can furthermore put down that armrest and bring up this one to probably get more than 60cm width. And i´ve to say, it´s really comfortable. I´m not sure about getting an underlay during this flight but it´s actually not necessary. There´s the blanket to cover me, what i´m gonna do later as i definitely have to sleep. It´s in the middle of the night and didn´t really catched this timezone yet. First thought was that they get me a little snack with a small coverage but it was a good idea. They got me. It´s cheese inside. At least it tastes like cheese. If it´s really cheese.. you never know. I guess the calories will increase because i ate it all within no time. with a huge glass of champagne without asking, that´s funny! They immediately come with the tablet and it´s only champagne on it. “Sir would you like champagne”, “Yes of course”…if i´d like to get something else i would need to ask for it. I also liked the thing with the status. Some don´t like it but.. the status has to be good for something. Hey, they came to me and asked me what i´d like to eat and for sure..With my status i get the food i like. But this one here i liked the most! The A350 is one of the aircrafts i like the most..It´s always a way more silent than others. More relaxed. A better humidity, more quiet. This year Air France is gonna take 5 of them to fly amongst others, Toronto, Seoul, Cairo and other countries in the USA..I meant Africa of course. And till the end of 2025, Air France will have taken more than 28 A350. That´s the starter but served together with the cheese and the dessert, looking delicious. And a fresh salad with dressing, tastes delicious. The left is shredded duck and the other is.. scallop! A choosed the good looking dark bred and saw roisins in it. And it´s really a lot of dryed fruits in it. Roisins and probably peach as well. Really good. That´s a french meal of which i can´t spell the name. But you can have a look on the menu i´m gonna display you. There were 4 choices.. Beef, the one i can´t spell, pasta and fish! This is mashed potatoes. Rather looks like chicken! Incredible hot but it tastes good. But i can´t identify what it is. It´s again that the food is very good. Even coming from canada. I can´t complain. There has also been bad moments but the food by Air France doesn´t disappoint me so far. And i had also some cheese although it´s actually used to have it in the end. It attracted me by just standing there and also tasted well, The bré is delicious and there is a kind of soft cheese inbetween but unfortunately it´s not named in the menu! i´m not that versed to know which is which but tasted perfect and was at room temperature so not too warm or cold. The meal is over. The Concept is still the same at Air France, what does it mean? They´ve got a pretty much service optimized concept what means that you get a tablet like in the A380, with the cheese at the left top, the sweets on the right, a salad down left from my view and the starter. They clear away the appetizer with the salad and put the main course instead, that´s it. Now you know what i meant with service optimized. It means nothing more than optimzed for the crew. What is alright. It worked and the crew went through with redwine and white wine. They asked for further wishes. If i would say more optimized than the A380 one would probably beat me as the A380 is much bigger but it worked out well and i liked it in here. It tastes good, except the main course but i´ll ask my brother, he speaks french fluently. Let´s wait what he´s gonna say to this meal. I enjoyed this flight with Air France, especially the privacy. It´s perfect! Within this micro cosmos and good to know for you: There´s a lot of space down there. And the pillow is much bigger and more soft than in the A380. The sidewalls can be clapped upwards and when i will have closed the window sheets..Good night. See you later! Alright, dinner is over. I´m pretty much saturated. And it´s time to calm down a little bit. People almost finished their meals and they will turn off lights soon and we can sleep. Damn it. It´s only 5 hours to Paris. Time flies by. God, these expressions always work during flights. I watch a movie right now and that´s it. See you in the morning! Good morning guys..it´s only 55 minutes to go. About 1h 10min before landing they turned on the lights and started breakfast. I realized the jingle in the front but they went through quickly. But i´m actually not in mood for breakfast. I can show you the lavatories what i forgot all the time. I guess that´s all, you saw everything. I watched a great movie. One of many available in the enterainment system by Air France. And you still can watch the screen while lying. I already showed you the cameras which are pretty good although it´s dark outside you can see a lot. Now the sun is slowly rising over europe..i´ll show you. Yes, this is one of the 3 lavaratories in the A350 and they are pretty tight One can bearly move a little bit and do you see? There are no amenites.. No lotion, no additional soap, just the usual hand soap. One can think that it is the economy lavaratory. But there is a make-up mirror, interesting. Au revorir. exactly! I´m familiar to that..we flew french airlines that much Air caribeas is french speaking..But it doesn´t work all the time. They looked pretty embarrassed to me when i said “merci” to thank them so i kept on english The ordians suggested it once.. But they looked at me weird 10 times in a row but maybe i only pronounced it wrong so i keep on “thank you” and that´s alrigth. You do not forcefully need to try to talk the language of the airlines you´re flying with. Alright, so i liked the flight. I could sleep well in this seat. It might was a bit tight for you but to me it was ok, sitting next to the floor. Oh no, it was just a little to small. With 5″ 90″, you need to slip to the top if you want your feet to get contact A final picture from the brandnew A350-900 I hasn´t finished: You need to slip to the top and then you can lean your feet against. The concept was not that bad. What means, the tablet with starter, dessert and cheese is not that bad because if you´re departing from north america in the evening having 1 hour delay through deicing. You get tired in a while and it´s not stupid as we only need 3 hours instead of 4 for the service what means more time for sleep, that was really comfortable and not that stupid as it might looked like. Finished!. Wow, you had a lot of time for speaking today. Yes, i kept it all in mind. But there was no Wi-Fi on board,.. it was broken but however, the entertainment system was good as well. The headphones were so-so and the food was really good. Alrigth, i guess that´s it.