The Premium Economy cabin on board Air France is truly a great invention especially for those traveling on short trips - up to 4 hours or so. Traveling Premium Economy you will enjoy a relaxed ambiance, the comfort of more space, a reclining seat with larger screen in front of you to watch the latest movies - all at a reasonable price. Between paying $1,200 for Premium Class and $2,200 for Business Class, I'll definitely go for the premium one on route to Paris. As usual, the staff on Air France is cheerful, full of life and ready to serve everyone on board with a smile at all times. You are welcomed into the plane at the door as if you were entering into a palace. You reach your seat where a bottle of water, Sennheiser headphones, an individual head lamp, a thick pillow and a wrapped blanket, await you. What I like about this class is that it's almost always empty. I think people don't know yet about it or do not know its benefits, which I have already described in details in my previous posts. It's 10am and everyone is on board even though we're scheduled to take off at 10:15am. On this beautiful sunny day, I left Beirut and just imagined a joyful and smooth trip ahead of me. As soon as we were airborne, the entertainment program started. I usually hate those first 10 minutes of advertisement we are obliged to watch while traveling on MEA. Luckily Air France doesn't have them. They are a company that respects the traveler's needs: Remember we paid for the ticket to enjoy our time not watch your advertising material which aim at generating more profit for your company... We were offered a refreshment kit. This time the packaging was different. I like it. It's denim with classy red lines. The kit includes a toothbrush, earplugs, socks and sleeping eye mask. I will let you in on a secret, I always take these kits and reuse them later as a cover for my camera and iPhone. The movie I chose to watch is The Last Stand, Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest. Today's menu printed on the signature colorful cartons was simple yet varied, prepared by the Beirut's kitchen:
- Smoked salmon fillet, Lebanese-style eggplant purée
- Turkish-style Daoud Pacha meatballs with tomato sauce, rice with vermicelli
- Poached fillet of cod with lobster sauce, potatoes with parsley, French green beans with carrots
- Coffee mousse, baklava
- Coffee or tea
- Vins de France La Vieille Ferme 2011, Perrin & Fils, White Wine
- Pays d'Oc 2012 Reserve de la Baume, Red Wine
- The sponge in the seats should be thicker. I felt like I was sitting on a piece of wood. Even the seats in the economy are more relaxing around this area. Simply add a 2cm layer of sponge under to make the seat more comfortable. It will change a lot. I had to add my neighbors pillow under my ass to ease the stress on my behind.
- Unfortunately my footrest was broken. Please make sure to check the broken parts of the plane more frequently
9 out of 10 times, I discover a woman's hair on my pillow. Maybe an explanation is needed here: why should the covers be wrapped and not the pillows? We put our heads on the pillow after all and not on the bed covers! A must look at immediately.A nice and easy flight which I usually take once a month and enjoy fully. Have you tried it? What do you think about it?