Review of Air France Premium Economy

Jul 21st, 2013, 05:03 AM
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all Qantas flights are curtained off between areas during flights. I highly recommend Qantas PE but definitely not United .
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Aug 17th, 2013, 09:26 AM
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I need help booking a PE seat. We will be traveling from New York to Bangkok in February 2014. I don't see the PE option when I try to book a flight on Kayak, Flightnetwork or the airlines (Qatar, JAL, etc.)
Thanks for your help,
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Aug 24th, 2013, 03:47 PM
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This report was only about Air France flights, not other airlines. And if you want to book Air France, I would suggest you go to the AF website, there is no purpose to using Kayak if you know what airline you want. I don't even know how Kayak works, if it just sends you to the airline's website or not.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 04:00 PM
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I'm most interested in leg room due to my height - how would you compare AF PE to an exit row (leg room/comfort wise) thanks
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Aug 27th, 2013, 08:15 PM
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Regarding Thomas' post - I had actually replied to him directly via e-mail but just FYI for anyone else - we booked months in advance simply because the flights to Tahiti were limited insofar as the number of airlines that fly out of LAX.

Elizabeth_S - We felt we had a lot of room. Now "a lot of room" is different for each person. I've been seated in exit rows and felt we had just as good as space. I don't know if this will help:

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Air..._777-200_B.php
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Aug 28th, 2013, 03:25 PM
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,,,,,,,and keep in mind that even with paying the extra monies for Premium Economy, this only entitles you to Economy washrooms and Economy meals. No where on the Air France website does it mention these two items under the services of Premium Economy.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 05:29 PM
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Actually, on intercontinental flights, Air France PE does provide different meals. You can go to their website and it says that PE gets meals designed specifically for them.

i'm flying AF PE today (Beijing to Paris) so I will report back on my experience.
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Aug 31st, 2013, 08:04 PM
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Yes Birder thanks ..... just went to the site and meals look to have changed since my flight last year. Have flown PE for the past 3 to 4 years and meals were always the same as Economy. Must be changes were made because of a lot of negative comments on the "how did we do card" they use to hand out during the flight. Now to get the washrooms changed.
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Oct 29th, 2013, 09:01 PM
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Thanks for this review. We've decided to fly to Paris in March, and my husband is pushing me to buy premium economy seats. I have always flown economy, and husband has flown both economy and first class, but neither of are sure what to expect from PE. Your report is helpful, thanks again!

Question: How far in advance do you suggest buying tickets for PE? We'll be flying from Chicago O'Hare to CDG in late March, myself, husband and teen daughter.
I'm looking at prices today that are between 1500-1600 for PE r/t. (880 and up for coach).
Normally I've bought about 6 weeks out for Europe, but I'm assuming there are far fewer seats in PE.
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Oct 30th, 2013, 05:14 PM
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You're correct - there are fewer seats is PE. I think it all boils down to whether you're willing wait and take the risk they won't be available. You're the only one that can make that call.
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Oct 30th, 2013, 06:43 PM
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Yeah, I looked at the seating maps for AF and British Airways last night; just a handful. I am going to wait a bit and take that chance... Hopefully there will be something left. I'm also concerned about the bad reviews the seats themselves got, i.e. being uncomfortable and just tilting back instead of reclining. Although, that actually sounds MORE comfortable to me.. Can't decide if I want to fly AF or BA - similar pricing but AF has more direct flights. But I can transfer my Chase points to BA. Hmm.
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Oct 31st, 2013, 05:25 PM
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Watch out for taxes/charges on BA for FF tickets.. Air France seems to have smartened up in the last several years and altho I am reluctant to take a chance on AF many satisfied folks speak well of them.
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Jan 21st, 2014, 02:16 PM
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I'm concerned about this "tilting back" instead of reclining. I wonder about sleeping on an overnight flight. Perhaps with leg and foot rests this would still be pretty comfortable compared to Economy? I'm wavering back and forth on this, LAX-PPT.
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Jan 21st, 2014, 02:41 PM
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I do like the foot rests but they have those in regular economy -- unless they are broken, which has happened to me at times on AF flights. Look at this webpage, I think it gives you an idea of the recline and what they look like. this one website claims they are a 123 degree recline. With a leg rest, they are like a recliner so you have to be reclining some or that wouldn't work.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo....main/4356772/

http://www.outnext.com/on/2009/09/ai...m-economy.html

http://www.seatplans.com/airlines/Ai...remium-economy

On that last photo, they don't really look that different to me in recline than regular economy, just a bit less. What I really want most is more leg room, that's where I get cramped in economy. And I'd like slightly wider seats, also. I don't care at all about airline food one way or another, I don't consider it a dining experience. Their wine is better than a lot of airlines, as it is French. Even French table wine is better than California cheap wine, which is what US carriers seem to have.
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Jan 21st, 2014, 05:04 PM
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What I can add to Christina's post is that it's not just the leg room, note some of the other "perks" I mentioned in my original review that you get. I can tell you check in at PPT for economy was a zoo - we breezed right through.

DH slept fine. So I think it boils down to if you want to for that flight or not.
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Jan 21st, 2014, 07:45 PM
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I can't get the last link to work.
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Jan 27th, 2014, 03:16 AM
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Just returned AF PE from India to ATL. We liked it. We had paid only $200 extra per ticket I think so felt worth it. We were in regular economy on the way there.

My kids LOVED the seats, some extra bells and whistles...bigger screen, cozy blankets, nicer pillows. I like the smaller cabin. The leg room. The nice reading lights, Traveling with kids it was a bit bummer when arm rests don't lift. I could have used more recline. But seats felt cushy. They gave extra pillows quickly. Wish there was a restroom devoted to PE.

I always like the smaller cabin so that it's just quieter, less blaring lights if you get lucky and most turn off screens during sleeping time....

We didn't eat the food because the AF lounge food was so delicious.
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Oct 31st, 2014, 03:51 AM
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Thanks patandhank! This was really helpful. We are hoping to do a trip to Singapore in a year or so -- I've flown there biz class on Singapore Airlines, which was fab, but that was a business trip and I didn't have to pay for it. For a holiday, DH and I will have to pay our own way, which puts Sing Air biz class out of our reach, but we could swing AF PE on their direct flight from Paris to Singapore.

Also, FWIW, starting in December, Lufthansa will be rolling out its PE class. IMO, it doesn't seem as good as some other PE offerings, but...

http://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/pre...icle/2978.html
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Oct 31st, 2014, 03:54 PM
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Looking forward to the Lufthansa PE. But meanwhile, we flew AF from LAX to PPT (Tahiti) last month, and it was fine. Very good in fact. I took an extra cushion because reports were that the seats were really hard, but I didn't really need it (although I did use it.) Seats are the kind that slide forward, rather than reclining, but they were reasonably comfortable, I thought. Service was also very nice.
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Nov 1st, 2014, 12:40 PM
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We thought our experience was good enough that we have now booked AF PE for our trip to Paris and returning from Rome this spring. We'll see how that one goes.
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