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I’ve taken a variety of International First Class Products - AA’s Flagship First, KE, OZ, NH, LH, SQ, TG, CX, etc…
But after THIS experience, I can proudly say that Air France’s First Class, La Premiere (meaning ‘The First’ in French), is the best, most beautiful and elegant First Class product in the world.
AF has its La Premiere seats on its A380 and select B77W aircrafts, but as the A380’s ones are outdated, I recently took advantage to experience AF B77W’s La Premiere product.
As Air France does not release its First Class award space to its skyteam and other airline partners, the only option to book La Premiere by miles is using AF’s flying blue program. However one needs to be a Flying Blue Gold status or higher to book La Premiere, and after then, it costs 300k miles one way. As I was not a flying blue gold member, nor had 300k miles to spare, I had to book this journey by cash, which was the most expensive airplane ticket I purchased.
In order to lower the fare, I decided to originate in Tunisia, which allowed to save me at least $2000.
Upon arriving from Tunisia to CDG, I was picked up by a private limo, which took me to the spectacular La Premiere lounge. Note that this was ‘inside’ the airport, and I was able to enjoy the spectacular ramp views featuring tons of AF aircrafts and others.
Here goes the La Premiere suites (seats)! The 777 has only 4 La Premiere suites, which makes it sooo private. What’s more, the suites have individual curtains, which provides floor-to-ceiling privacy. So far, there are only two first class products which feature floor-to-ceiling privacy - Air France’s 77W and a 9 77Ws from Emirates.
Upon arriving at my seat, the La Premiere flight attendant introduced herself, providing me nuts and Krug champagne, one of the finest champagnes that retails about $300 a bottle.
Today’s in flight menu!
Shortly after pushback, the safety video was screened: Which is the most elegant and chic safety videos currently. Such as…
“The seatbelt will elegantly highlight your waistline while seated”
“A non-smoking flight is simply chic”
Shortly after takeoff, meal-service started. Some beautifully prepared caviar was provided first:
Followed by some delicious pumpkin soup with peppers:
One thing I really liked about this flight was that the flight attendants provided explanation from ALL courses. As I was creating a youtube video, I was able to record some of the explanations with the consent of the flight attendant,
Followed by an appetizer, which was: “For the starter, we have melons, orange, yellow and green, with parma ham. Enjoy!”
“This salad has a Mediterranean taste. You have the greens, shrimps with the sauce vierge which comes from the islands, Over here is the Mediterranean side with the feta cheese and calamari olives. So there is a sauce based on vinegar and olive oil, over here is the duck breast with some herbs, and here is the pepper. You also have the traditional olive oil and balsamic vinegar vinaigrette, and over here, this is nut oil with berries. Please enjoy, sir”
Then it was time for the main course. WOW. I thought this was a restaurant “So this is the Bouillabaisse, which means products from the sea. It’s a dish that comes from the Marseilles, the southwest. This one is with chantarelle mushrooms, you have white fish, shrimp, potatoes. And then you have the sauce of all the ingredients, and our chef is Regis Marcon. So for the Bouillabaisse, this is a quite umm… popular dish?”
The flight attendant also explained how this cuisine originated, such as it was from the Marseilles, and quite popular among fishermen. Then… the flight attendant ALSO offered me a second main course. This was the FIRST time I’ve ever offered additional main courses in an airplane. She totally tried her best to show France to me
One additional thing I was so moved as the champagne refills. At some point I was not really able to drink more champagne, so I asked her to stop refilling. What she said was…
“Mr. Choi, it is certainly fine not to drink the rest. But as an Air France La Premiere flight attendant, and as a French person, I cannot see the bubbles of the champagne to go away. Bubbles are the heart of champagne, and it is not possible for me as a French person to just see the bubbles to go. So I will continue to make the bubbles live, but it is totally okay to not drink at all”
WOW… After the main course, a beautiful cheese plate was given, containing Camembert, comte PDO and Bleu d’Auvergne And finally, the desert and three scoops of sorbet
FA: “Good morning Mr. Choi! How was your sleep?”
ME: “Great! Actually this was the best bed I’ve ever seen on a plane”
FA: “I’m so glad to hear that! Since we have only three passengers on this flight, we have one more portion of caviar. May I recommend you to start your breakfast with some caviar?”
ME: "Why not? That’s so nice of you!
FA: “Also why don’t you start a refreshing day with some refreshing champagne? Also champange fits well with caviar…”
ME: Umm… umm… ok, sure.
WOW. This is the first time in my life (again) I was offered caviar again. She truly tried to provide as much service she could do. Given that caviar is not something you can taste in everyday life, she really tried her best to give everything!
For my breakfast, I chose the French toast with some blueberries. While not as satisfying as my previous meal, it was fantastic. But next time, I’d rather choose the omelette 😄
Upon arrival to HK, I was escorted by a ground staff who guided me through the crew customs & immigration lane, which was a breeze.
WOW. What a flight. I’ve never been so satisfied by a flight itself. The food, seat, and service was exactly perfect. They couldn’t have been so beautiful and elegant. The crew also tried their best to show ‘France’. As AF’s motto is ‘France is in the Air’, I truly agree with that.
The only downside is that… it is not usually bookable with miles, so I really X2 hope that I will have the opportunity to take Air France La Premiere again.
Thanks for reading!
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