as we r going to fly to ZA with Air France (from Austria via Paris) I wanted to know what it is like (service, leg room, food etc.).
I flew long distance before with Singapore (the best so far!!!), as well as Lufthansa and British Airways.
on ur way back home we've got 5-6hrs in Paris (Charles de Gaulle aiport). Is that enough time to go and have a glance at the city???
I am also flying long distance with airfrance for the first time (UK to HK), so i am also interested to hear what anyone has to say about them.
Ditto! We're flying Air France for the first time between Paris and Johannesburg. I hear you get your own TV screen! Yippee!
so far I got my own TV screen on every long distance flight. The only difference was, that only on Singapore Airlines they had 100s of movies/TV series/music and you could start watching them, whenever you wanted.
On Lufthansa they played the (was it 6?) movies over and over again, so when you felt like watching something,the movie often had started already and you couldn't really follow... =(
I was spoiled on singapore airlines... hot damp cloths to wipe your face and hands with, toothpaste/brush, socks, a blanket, yummy food, really nice staff....
and then I got on lufthansa, without a toothbrush, thinking I'll get the same again... and then it was travelling for 24hrs without brushing my teeth and neither I had chewing gum!!!! =(
I've made a long-haul to Beijing via Paris on economy class, and I was more than satisfied with their service on-board (personal mini-screen with games, also meals were nice). Compared to their european short-distance fligths they definitely give a service on a much higher level.
To get a full view however, I must add, that this was ruined by the service they "provide" at Paris CDG airport (and I must say this opinion is based on several visit at that airport).
As for getting to the city and back in 5 hours: the RER takes you to the centre in about 40 mts, so theoritically you should have an hour and a half to spare in Paris.
that means rather leave it, as I have never been there and I don't wanna spend 1,5 hrs looking for some sight just to look at it for 5min... =(
well, should have booked differently and spent 1 day there...
what happened to you at the aiport?
I flew Air France between Paris and the US and had a fine experience. I think you'll be satisfied.