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Prologue:

Here we are, THE day of my avgeek's life. What a better way to celebrate it on a line so mythical as this one???
You certainly wonder why I didn't choose a flight in 777 rather than 380 with the old cabins... and quite simply because all the flights equipped with the new La Première cabin were leaving in the morning or early in the afternoon, which involved a very short stay in the lounge and/or without the pre-routing from AMS and the wonderful experience in the VIP Centrum at AMS. And most of all avgeek that I can be this will very first flight on A380.
Finish with the intro, let's start with the flight.

So it is here at our arrival at CDG that we left you in the previous report. https://www.youtripreport.com/reportdetails?Id=425

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The airplane door opens and magic immediately happens. We are expected by an agent that will take us down a staircase to get to a car.

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After a quick ride we arrive in front of THE lounge the one that makes so many avgeek around the world dreaming. Behind those doors there is the PIF that checks that we coming from a secure airport (AMS) before let us enter and unable us not to have any further security checks.

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We are finally there. All the Alain DUCASSE staff comes to meet and greet us. The manager tells us not to hesitate to ask for anything we needed during our stay.We really felt special like royalties!!! He tells us that the famous round table has been reserved for us for lunch at our convenience.

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Due to high influence at the airport in the Morning the first part of the lougne was busy but the hostess found us a quiet and private place in the second part of the lounge! Perfect...

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We are sitted comfortably and even had the lovely surprise of receiving a gilft.

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A beautiful luggage tag with written on it : LA PREMIERE

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At the same time a refreshment is offered to us.

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We will opt for this second beverage.

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Cheeeerrrrs and long life to YTR.

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Well it's time to go to the spa.

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excellent welcome and I chose for a facial care.

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Here is the supplementary benefits card

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It's really great! I go back to our living space. behind the left hand side is the main part of the lounge.

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on the right we can find 3 showers.

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The biggest one.

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A resting space

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A bedroom.

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The toilets.

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The corridor between the lounge and the spa seen from the other end.

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Our part of the lounge

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The reception area where the famous elevators located after the 2EK secutity check brings you.

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Another place located just behind the reception area.

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the chandelier of the reception area.

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the various rewards won by this exceptional place.

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the time that Madame does her care I settle down at the bar.

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The menu :-)))

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I try this one which is excellent.

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The view from bar.

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I take a bottle of water to go back to my space while I am waiting my wife. to return.

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time goes by and it is the moment to go for lunch. We join the table that has been reserved for us.

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Aperitif with rosé Champagne.

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The bottle will stay next to us

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The self service buffet.

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Cheers!

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View from our table and we can notice that lot of people have left.

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And here it is the famous menu of this lounge!

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For starters I choose the signature plate of this lounge the "coquillettes jambon/truffe noire". Just divine.

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My wife choose the "croque volaille/comté/truffe noire". Very good too!

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A very good wine to drink with.

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We continue with the beef tenderloin for Madame.

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It's just perfect.

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For me it's the "tranche de boudin noir de cochon Ibaïona rissolée" which is very good too!

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Served with excellent mashed potatoes

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After that we took some cheese.

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We have the Maitre D'hotel and all his staff coming towards us with a massive cake Le Palet La première personalised and specially made for us. They all wishing us well for our futur as newly weds and we received a lot of congratulations… We felt again very very special and touched by all the attention and care from the wonderful staff.

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We came back to our personnal space to have an espresso

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The manager of the lounge came to give us a little present.

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And we finished this wonderful lunch with a liquor at the bar.

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We can see that the lounge is now empty.

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Cheers!

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As we got only one life I wanted to test the impact of this red pouch on the employees of the shops and see their behavior

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Going down

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It's still amazing the behavior change of some employees of luxury shops when they see this red card.

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It's time to go back to the lounge.

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Time flies by too fast… When I came back a hostess informs me that the boarding of my flight will begin soon and asks me when I want to proceed with it. I told her that I want to take full advantage of the lounge :)) She told me that she will come back in 20 minutes. Meanwhile I find my wife who is in the rest space reading magazines. As there were no magazines she wished a hostess goes down to buy them for her.

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We are heading towards the elevator one face which is this very beautiful machine. The manager and his staff came to wish us a very good and safe flight.

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After a few questions about the use of security agents we climb into our beautiful car.

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We're going to the L gates where ou flight is boarding.

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Here we are our plane is the F-HPJJ the last 380 delivered to AF.

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My accompanist proposes to take a picture of me in front of the plane.

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Last pic before boarding.

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Stairs to paradise.

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Last sight of our car.

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warm welcome by our respective names and presentation of the crew.

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Going to my 1A

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And my little pretty wife to 2A

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The captain comes to greet me personaly by giving me a lovely gift for my wife and myself a Longchamps and a Le tanneur wallet and two gorgeous La Première's pen….All that in the name of all the A380 crew.

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My wife is fascinated by what the captain is telling her….

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Got an invite to visit the cockpit.

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A welcome drink is given.

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Isn't life fantastic???

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View from my 1A.

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Seat controls.

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Take off!

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Paris

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The bag containing the slippers.

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The pouch containing the comfort outfit

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La première.

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The locker room.

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Where we can find Carita products.

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the comfort outfit sealed "La Première"

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Enjoying life.

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The Toiletry Kit

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What's inside

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The menu.

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Table set up like a 5 stars restaurant! Very classy!!

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The dish plate is just gorgeous.

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Butter wth two choices…. Classic or with sea salt.

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Cuttleries with the Air France sign engraved in them.

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Salt & pepper.

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glass.

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Choices of salad dressing.

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Global view of my seat.

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Appetizer is now served.

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Top quality!

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Honestly right at this moment I am on the top of the world!

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So is Madam….

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One of the best moment in my life to be honest….

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Cheers!

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Second round of appetizer:)))

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Followed by some foie gras…. Delicious.

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Meanwhile Madam is having a delicious soup who is an absolute beauty according to her… Made with some butternut and vanilla mainly...

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Then arrives the main dish Under plate cover.

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We'll both choose the beef filet.

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Just fabulous meat cooking considering as it is " Plane" cooking….

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The sauce...

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Madam who did not dare refusing the salad but starting to be full.

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Meanwhile I follow with a excellent mix of cheeses.

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Vue of my 1A Very pratical this movable table!

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Meanwhile the entire cabin starts to fall asleep...

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…. I carry on with the dessert.

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Then a very tasty espresso….

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To end up with a fantastic Cognac.

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Attempt of an artistic pic….

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The cherry on the cake a mix of few squares of quality chocolate.

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Meanwhile my pretty wife whi has said yes to every dish offered is struggling with her desert and her fruit salad.

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I finish watching my movie on my screen which is not that small after all considering it is quite close to me.

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View from my place at the end of the diner.

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La Première Cabin who digest nicely.

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I will have a little walk Inside the plane to visit this 380. The door full of secrets:))))

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Door 1L.

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The Toilets and the changing room.

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The staircase leading to the upper deck.

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You can see the first business class cabin.

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It's written!

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I present you the most useless space of this plane certainly the one who designed the now deceased Joon.

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A bar for First or Business class passengers would have been awesome.

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The first business cabin.

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the second one which is very long.

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Premium Economy.

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And to finish on the upper deck at the back the tiny Economy cabin.

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Security Equipment of this A380

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Stairs to lower deck.

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I climb Back up to the front of the upper deck.

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The bar for La Première passengers… It's still a little bit cheap.

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But with good Champagne.

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I continue my walk on the main deck with the first Economy cabin just behind the enormous galley of first class.

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The second one.

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And the third and last one.

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The rear stairs viewed from the main deck.

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Back home for a nap.

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Here we are!

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It's really a very nice space.

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the purser offers me to make my bed. a mattress is installed.

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with a pillow and a duvet that's realy nice.

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Madam takes her comforts

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I settle.

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A Cognac for me for a better sleep.

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When I start my nap we are here.

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I play a little bit with the IFE.

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When I wake up from my NAP we are here.

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View of my beautiful bed.

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View from the outside.

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I watching some of the programs

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I'm still feeling great!!!

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The pillow is very comfortable

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What a better way to sleep for an avgeek!

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The cabin wakes up gently for the snack.

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Outside the night is coming.

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The snack.

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It's fresh and good.

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The stick sugar is the only "cheap" details of this wonderful and luxurious service….

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Accompanied by champagne one of so many!!

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After removing my dishes the crew came to us and offered each a present to make this flight even more memorable.

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A beautiful perfume for my wife

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And a very nice watch for me

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All accompanied by a very nice card.

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Outside the Sun begins to go down.

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The night is approaching

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We are no longer very far.

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We can see NYC.

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Manhattan.

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everyone is ready for landing

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Cabin check: OK!

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After a very very long Rolling terminated by a push because JFK has not been prevented to receive such a plane and the space is very tight...

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...we arrive at our parking stand!

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And then magic happens once again… We are greeted upon our arrival by an airport staff who takes throught via the diplomatic line within two minutes we went through the TSA!

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And within 10 minutes after we landed we already got our luggages!

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We got explained that the La première passengers got their luggages stocked in separate space with the crew suitcases so that unable the La Première passengers to get their luggages back faster.

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Withing 15 minutes of our arrival at the airport we got offered by the entire Air France crew from New York another bottle of champagne with all their congratulations on our wedding and our honey moon to come in the States….

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For those who miht be wondering why I got such a special treatment… The answer is very simple… A simple tweet as I was struggling with my trip organisation… I would have never thought that my teweet would have had so much impact on all the events to come… Thank you Air France!!!

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========== Charles De Gaulle Intl Arpt (CDG) - ==========



Security/Immigration efficiency: 10/10
Access and parking: 10/10
Services and activities: 10/10
General cleanliness: 10/10

========== Air France - Airline ==========



Cabine comfort: 10/10
Crew: 10/10
Entertainment: 10/10
On-time performance: 10/10
Appetizer: 10/10
Starter: 10/10
Main Meal: 10/10
Main Meal-2: 10/10
Cheese: 10/10
Desserts: 10/10
Alcohols: 10/10
Mid-flight snack: 10/10
Breakfast or light meal before arrival: 10/10

========== John F Kennedy Intl (JFK) - ==========



Security/Immigration efficiency: 10/10
Access and parking: 10/10
Services and activities: 10/10
General cleanliness: 10/10

Summary:

What more to say that I have been waiting for this moment all my life… After the Birth of my children, my wedding, and so many good times ,memorable moments that I had in my life this fabulous and memorable trip in La Première is Something that I will never forget every moments are engraved in my memory. One of my wish has come true and I feel so blessed to have been able to live it even if it is the only one time maybe that i would have this unbelievable experience in my life!!
It's a 10/10 marks, everything was up to my expectations and even more that I dreamed of!!

I am just going to end up this report by saying a big thank you to Air France that did so much to make this dream come true and also all the people who played a part in this. This is it my YTR readers thanks for reading me till the end and I hope you've enjoyed this TR;)


20 Comments

  • Emile


    Je ne sais pas quoi dire. C'est long, c'est magique, j'avais l'impression de vivre votre bonheur. Je ne sais pas comment vous avez pu manger tout cela. Quand AF le veut, elle donne du reve ! Merci de ce YTR majestueux !

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    Capoune
    Salut Emile et merci pour ton commentaire!
    Nous non plus on ne sait pas comment on a réussi à manger toute ça mais on l'a fait!
    Comme tu le résumes si bien, un moment magique parfait en tous points avec un super travail de la part des équipes d'AF!
    Content que tu ais apprécie ce TR!!
  • LeColombienFR


    J'en connais deux qui ont du avoir des étoiles dans les yeux en écrivant ce magnifique TR ! AF haute couture. Merci infiniment d'avoir partager ce avec avec nous.

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    Capoune
    Hello Casper!
    Je te confirme qu'en écrivant ce TR les étoiles que nous avions eu dans les yeux au moment du voyage sont vite revenues :))
    Ravi d'avoir pu partager ce moment avec la communauté!
  • AAFlyer


    I'm speechless. It's by far the best TR on site. The lounge is insanely great with such a menu. Luxury at its best. Too bad you could not snagged the 777 with the new First. Fucking amazing review Capoune ! Cheers from CA.

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    Capoune
    Hello and thank you so much for your lovely comment!
    The lounge is just the best in the world. I agree with you for the aircraft but I prefer this wonderfull experience onboard an A380 than a less one on a 777.
    Once again thank you!!
  • jetsetpanda


    Thank you Capoune for sharing this magnificent TR in English for the benefit of the English speaking audience. Once again congratulations to both of you and what a memorable way to celebrate! From the perspective of an avgeek it can't get better than this and AF F is on top of the game. From your comprehensive report taking us from the lounge to the airplane every minute spent feels like a perfect moment. I can't help but compare your experience to the last time that I flew F which was on JL from CDG-HND. Although that was a perfectly fine trip with great catering also, your trip is the ultimate in perfection with all the details and special touches. The catering is just amazing as expected from the home carrier of a country with such outstanding culinary tradition. What a great way to fly - wait that is SQ line. :P

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    Capoune
    Thank you Jetsetpanda for your kind comment! I am very happy if you have enjoyed reading my report and I feel very blessed to have had this experience so that is why it is such a pleasure to share it with you all guys…
    I was so afraid to be disapointed by one minor details or Something that could have gone wrong in my trip but thanks to Air France everything in every little details was just Simply perfect!!!
    Thank you so much once again for your lovely comments and hope to read from you soon!
  • Thomas


    Juste revoir ce salon me fait rêver! j'en garde d'excellents souvenirs même si c’était en 2009. Merci Seb pour ce moment magique et pour ton rapport impressionnant dans la qualité et la quantité. Merci a Madame aussi ;)
    Un grand bravo pour AF !

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    Capoune
    Hello Thomas!
    Comme tu le dis ce salon fait vraiment rêver et j'espère pour un jour y remettre les pieds. La prestation dans son ensemble était tellement parfaite qu'il était juste impossible de faire plus court :))))
    Je transmets tes remerciements à Madame.
    Merci du com et à très vite.
  • LoranLight


    Merci pour ce TR tant attendu ;-)
    Tout au top ! maintenant je vois ce qu'est le service complet, l'upgrade acheté au départ de PEK a quelques inconvénients.
    ça fait rêver, JFK, le problème c'est que c'est pas assez loin ! lol
    Finalement 40 ans ça a du bon :-) J'attends les miens avec impatience...
    EN tout cas ton plaisir transpire dans ce TR ce que je comprends a 200%, merci.
    J'adore AirFrance et encore plus en voyant ça !
    A bientot.

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    Capoune
    Salut Laurent,
    Comme tu le dis tout au top! C'est vrai qu'un départ "délocalisé" a certains inconvénients et la prestation au départ de CDG est juste parfaite. C'est vrai que JFK n'est pas assez loin mais c'était le seul moyen de pouvoir profiter pleinement du salon :)))
    40 ans y'a pas que des mauvais côtés comme tu le dis.
    Si j'ai réussi à faire partager mon plaisir à travers ce TR c'est que j'ai réussi ma mission, lol!
    Comme toi j'adore AF et j'attends désormais ton retour sur cette F!
    Merci encore et à très vite
  • GG_007


    Merci pour ce TR

    Excellent choix : davantage de temps au salon et A380.
    Pour jouer à la bête à deux dos derrière les rideaux ce sera pour une prochaine fois ;)

    Accueil et service exceptionnels aussi bien pendant tout le temps au sol qu'à bord

    Petits cadeaux et attentions diverses vont ponctuer ces moments d'exception.

    Au sol c'est, je trouve, encore mieux puisqu'il s'agit d'un vrai restaurant.

    Vous vous êtes fait plaisir avec ces délicieux plats et vins.

    A bord à peine embarqué que des cadeaux arrivent.

    Un excellent catering même si il est impossible d'avoir le niveau du restaurant du salon

    Ce qui vraiment agréable c'est de voir combien vous avez apprécié tous ces moments

    Ce qui est étonnant c'est le nombre de cadeaux reçus tout au long de ce parcours : clairement
    AF marque le coup pour rendre ce voyage de noces inoubliable (cadeaux CDB, PNCs et Personnel au sol JFK).

    Encore merci d'avoir partagé ces instants uniques et à bientôt






    Reply
    Capoune
    Salut Gigi et merci pour ton com pour ton aide précieuse avec ce TR!
    J'aurai trouvé dommage de ne pas pouvoir profiter assez longtemps du salon et de cette prestation unique. En vol c'est parfait aussi même si bien entendu on ne peut pas rivaliser avec la prestation au sol.
    Sur ce coup AF a tout mis en œuvre pour que nous passions un moment inoubliable et on peut dire que cela aura été une réussite car il n'y aura pas eu le moindre faux pas.
    Tout a juste été parfait!
    Ravi d'avoir pu partager ces moments avec toi et la communauté.
    Merci et à très bientôt
  • GRMY


    Merci Seb pour ce TR tout simplement exceptionnel !
    On a l'impression d'être avec vous au salon et à bord.
    Dans cette classe de voyage, Air France mets les petits plats dans les grands et en rajoute avec de nombreuses petites attentions particulières.
    C'est tout simplement magique !
    As-tu remarqué s'il y avait du monde aux files générales à l'immigration à l'arrivée ?
    A bientôt !

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    Capoune
    Salut Jérémy!!!
    J'ai moi aussi l'impression de revivre le vol en lisant ce TR et je suis bien content d'avoir réussi à le faire vivre de la même manière aux lecteurs.
    Comme tu le dis AF excelle dans cette classe de voyage et c'est juste parfait.
    A l'arrivée c'était loin d'être plein à l'immigration mais pour être honnête c'était mon premier passage à JFK et n'ai donc aucune idée de ce que cela représente.
    Merci du com et à bientôt
  • Mileagerunner


    Hello Seb
    Et bien je ne sais quel superlatif utilisé pour décrire tes photos. En tout cas on sent bien ta joie et ton émotion à travers ton report.
    Tu as été gâté tout le long de ce voyage en plus que de cadeaux!
    Double ration de caviar, je te reconnais bien la. Tu as demandé au cdb si ça réserve personnelle de poire était ouverte ? Lol
    Merci de nous avoir fait partager votre moment de bonheur mené de mains de maîtres par af
    A très vite

    Reply
    Capoune
    Salut mon coloc!
    J’ai tenté de faire au mieux pour que chacun puisse vraiment s'imprégner de ce produit exceptionnel et je suis content d’avoir réussi!
    C'était open bar dans la réserve du commandant ?mais j’ai pas bu de poire ?
    Merci pour ton commentaire mon tracteur et à très vite!
  • AntoinePil


    Magnifique YTR !!!! Ca fait vraiment rêver. Avec toutes ses éloges, je pense que le banquier va râler car ca donne envie de vivre la même expérience!!!

    Reply
    Capoune
    Merci pour ton commentaire Antoine!
    Le banquier peut penser ce qu’il veut m’en fou ?
    En tous cas c'est vrai que ce produit fait rêver!

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