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Old Dec 19th, 2005, 09:45 AM
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We LOVE Air France! From where we live, the only choices (non stop) are Air France and American. We usually go AF but we had to fly American this past August and it was awful. We flew over to France by way of London/Chunnel once on British Air and that was fabulous as well. A bit of a pain though, going from London to Paris.
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Old Dec 22nd, 2005, 07:14 AM
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Maybe Air France just does not like elderly women. An elderly female friend who was booked business class from CDG to South America was first told she couldn't fly because it was overbooked, then finally told she could travel economy class. No apologies at all; she should be glad she could fly at all.
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Old Dec 22nd, 2005, 08:27 AM
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I love Air France. I have never had a bad experience with them. Granted I have only flown direct flights from Boston, but the food has been good, the attendants professional and we have always been on time. I think any airline you fly on can have problems. I have had bad flights on Aer Lingus and Virgin to name a couple.
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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 04:47 AM
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Air France is ok like any other average european airline. In other words not as food as an asian airline but miles better than any US airline.
I wouldn't worry.
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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 12:13 PM
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Several years ago I flew Air France to/from Madrid via Paris. One the way home, my side of the plane became unbearably warm. You could feel the heat eminating from the wall (I assume it was the sun, even though the outside temps were fare below zero at 35,000 feet).

After getting agreement from my fellow passengers (What if it was just me?), I went to the galley and politely asked one of the flight attendants to adjust the air. The flight attendant replied (a direct word-for-word quote), "I am not hot sir. You are the only one who is hot!"

So I went back to my seat and asked the passengers seated around me to go back to the galley with me to ask again. There was a mini-mutiny and nine of us went. The flight attendant finally succumbed and gave us some air. You can imagine I was pretty much ignored for the rest of the flight.
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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 12:16 PM
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One of these days I will learn to type! Sorry for the typo's.
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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 12:21 PM
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AF is well known for keeping their cabin temps on the warm side.
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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 12:22 PM
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Long time no log on to Fodors. But looking perhaps to go on another trip. Maybe Spain...

I flew Air France last March direct from Toronto to Paris. The service and food was fine. I had dinner and breakfast. Nothing to complain about as with any other economy plane ride. You cannot compare first class to economy class. Its like comparing a kit kat to a Lindt chocolate bar. Come on you guys. My sister who has flown first class for work...she said our economy flight was good compared to other econo fares. We had our own TV screens watched which ever movie we wanted. Much better than the American flight. Once I got this awful bbq whatever sandwich.
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Old Jan 11th, 2006, 01:06 PM
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On the AF flight to Paris last September we fried, while the cabin in front of us in Economy,too, was freezing. Same seats, return flight: we froze while... you guessed it!! Complaining to cabin staff helped.
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Old Jan 12th, 2006, 02:58 PM
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It wasn't the sun, vegaslocal. I rode an overnight Air France flight last year--so hot. I have never been on a plane that was so warm. Trying to sleep reminded me of tossing and turning with a raging fever. I have always been rather casual about bringing water on the plane--sometimes I do, sometimes I don't--but that was definitely a lesson for me. Bring the large bottle, and then maybe another one.
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Old Apr 18th, 2006, 10:20 AM
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I had an extremely unpleasant experience with Air France in March. Due to the strikes in Paris, we missed our connection to the US. After much haggling and rude treatment, Air France gave us a hotel voucher for a hotel by Disneyland Paris, approximately 45 minutes from the airport, and drove us out there on a bus. Air France representatives at the airport told us that transportation back to the airport in the morning would also be provided. However, that transportation never arrived. About 50 people or so had to take taxis back to the airport, which was no small expense given the distance. Upon arriving at the airport, Air France refused to reimburse anyone for the taxis because all of us had "simply missed seeing the bus." 50 people didn't see a bus? This was not the only unpleasant experience I had with Air France on my trip. There was a general foul attitude among almost every Air France worker I encountered, as though I should be lucky they are talking to me instead of them being grateful for my business. I will never fly Air France again.
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Old Apr 18th, 2006, 12:03 PM
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Definitely not my favorite. I just came home from Paris day before yesterday on the L.A.-Paris-L.A. non-stop flight. The only reason I was on Air France is that United was sold out.I haven't had luck on Air France in the past either. The seats on Air France, in economy, are very uncomfortable and when the person in front of you reclines, the seat is on your knees and I'm only 5'5" tall. My mom was very uncomfortable and on the way home she said that a fight broke out in her section(we were seated in separate sections although I had booked seats months ago). The fight was over a person reclining all the way back and the person in back being cramped in like a sardine. My mom said that the fight got so bad until two airline personnel had to be sent to the section to resolve the shout-out fight. Plus, I reconfirmed my special meal, three days in advance, but it wasn't on the plane. When I mentioned to the flight attendant that I was vegan, I was told, "Oh, it'll be fine because we have fish and chicken today". I've been flying to Paris almost annually since 1976 and have been on a lot of airlines. My Air France flight reminded me of those 1980s cheap charters to Europe...but for $887. instead of $398. Not a pleasant experience. Happy Travels!
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Old May 31st, 2006, 02:18 PM
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Air France still S*cks. Especially the staff at CDG.
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Old Jun 1st, 2006, 01:15 AM
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BIG TIP: AF only allows carryon bag. PERIOD. Since AF has lost my hubby's luggage the last time he traveled with them, I packed a smaller 18" rollerboard with my "essentials" and a set of extra clothes and had the typical briefcase size softside bag for my laptop (also served as my purse). Flew from Tampa to CDG fine but at CDG, I was told I was limited to ONE bag and had to check the 18" rollerboard. When I questioned that my leather laptop bag was essentially the size of a large purse, she replied that purses count as 1 bag too, so regardless... one bag. Period. I wanted to just swap some things from my laptop bag (including the laptop) into the rollerboard and let them take check the laptop bag, but she refused. Suddenly the little 18" rollarboard was too large (which according to the AF website I later checked, it was not). So, yes, you guessed it.. they checked my carryon bag at CDG and yep, you guessed it.. it was lost. It had all my "essentials" toiletries, makeup, medicines, etc. How it got "lost" on a direct flight news to me. But regardless, had I known upfront (my mistake for not reading the AF website), I wouldn't have taken a carryon and a purse/laptop bag as most of the other airlines allow. Please be aware of their limitations. ONE bag no more than 115cm total or 12g weight. Not much to work with. Especially with an airline with such a horrible reputation for loosing luggage to boot.
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Old Jun 16th, 2006, 01:44 PM
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My experience with AF is just really getting worst. All our flights to/from US-Athens was delayed with the last leg being delayed for 3 hrs. Now,when I checked my mileage credit I just realized that I did not get one for the US-Paris and when I called to clarify, the burden of proof would be on me as I have to send my receipt (which I have) and the corresponding boarding pass (which I do not have). I was told that if I cannot produce the boarding pass, they cannot give me the mileage credit!
 
Old Jun 16th, 2006, 05:03 PM
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We flew Air France to Italy. They lost my luggage for four days. I filled out a form in the magazine in the seat pocket. A week after I arrived home, they called me and sent me a check for $500. I would fly with them again. At least they accepted responsibility.
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Old Jun 16th, 2006, 05:13 PM
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cherylB, perhaps Air France is one airline that requires a boarding pass stub as proof if you want to get credit for missing miles.
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Old Jun 18th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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If I could only understand why & how this topic come into Turkey forums ????
Happy Travelling
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Old Jun 18th, 2006, 12:53 PM
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Kind of ridiculous to keep such a thread going for years. Starting at the end of the month, Air France-KLM are going to be putting microchips in the baggage tags, and there will be screens showing the arrival of each and every bag at the retrieval area. The Paris-Tokyo line will be the first route to benefit from this. Is there any point in harping over things that have happened in the past when airlines try to keep making things better?
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Old Jun 18th, 2006, 01:01 PM
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The only real isssue with Air France compared with other airlines is Roissy...probably the world's worst (or at least Europe's) airport.
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