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
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.
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.
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.
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...
We are sitted comfortably and even had the lovely surprise of receiving a gilft.
A beautiful luggage tag with written on it : LA PREMIERE
At the same time a refreshment is offered to us.
We will opt for this second beverage.
Cheeeerrrrs and long life to YTR.
Well it's time to go to the spa.
excellent welcome and I chose for a facial care.
Here is the supplementary benefits card
It's really great! I go back to our living space. behind the left hand side is the main part of the lounge.
on the right we can find 3 showers.
The biggest one.
A resting space
The corridor between the lounge and the spa seen from the other end.
Our part of the lounge
The reception area where the famous elevators located after the 2EK secutity check brings you.
Another place located just behind the reception area.
the chandelier of the reception area.
the various rewards won by this exceptional place.
the time that Madame does her care I settle down at the bar.
The menu :-)))
I try this one which is excellent.
The view from bar.
I take a bottle of water to go back to my space while I am waiting my wife. to return.
time goes by and it is the moment to go for lunch. We join the table that has been reserved for us.
Aperitif with rosé Champagne.
The bottle will stay next to us
The self service buffet.
View from our table and we can notice that lot of people have left.
And here it is the famous menu of this lounge!
For starters I choose the signature plate of this lounge the "coquillettes jambon/truffe noire". Just divine.
My wife choose the "croque volaille/comté/truffe noire". Very good too!
A very good wine to drink with.
We continue with the beef tenderloin for Madame.
It's just perfect.
For me it's the "tranche de boudin noir de cochon Ibaïona rissolée" which is very good too!
Served with excellent mashed potatoes
After that we took some cheese.
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.
We came back to our personnal space to have an espresso
The manager of the lounge came to give us a little present.
And we finished this wonderful lunch with a liquor at the bar.
We can see that the lounge is now empty.
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
It's still amazing the behavior change of some employees of luxury shops when they see this red card.
It's time to go back to the lounge.
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.
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.
After a few questions about the use of security agents we climb into our beautiful car.
We're going to the L gates where ou flight is boarding.
Here we are our plane is the F-HPJJ the last 380 delivered to AF.
My accompanist proposes to take a picture of me in front of the plane.
Last pic before boarding.
Stairs to paradise.
Last sight of our car.
warm welcome by our respective names and presentation of the crew.
Going to my 1A
And my little pretty wife to 2A
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.
My wife is fascinated by what the captain is telling her….
Got an invite to visit the cockpit.
A welcome drink is given.
Isn't life fantastic???
View from my 1A.
The bag containing the slippers.
The pouch containing the comfort outfit
The locker room.
Where we can find Carita products.
the comfort outfit sealed "La Première"
The Toiletry Kit
Table set up like a 5 stars restaurant! Very classy!!
The dish plate is just gorgeous.
Butter wth two choices…. Classic or with sea salt.
Cuttleries with the Air France sign engraved in them.
Salt & pepper.
Choices of salad dressing.
Global view of my seat.
Appetizer is now served.
Honestly right at this moment I am on the top of the world!
So is Madam….
One of the best moment in my life to be honest….
Second round of appetizer:)))
Followed by some foie gras…. Delicious.
Meanwhile Madam is having a delicious soup who is an absolute beauty according to her… Made with some butternut and vanilla mainly...
Then arrives the main dish Under plate cover.
We'll both choose the beef filet.
Just fabulous meat cooking considering as it is " Plane" cooking….
Madam who did not dare refusing the salad but starting to be full.
Meanwhile I follow with a excellent mix of cheeses.
Vue of my 1A Very pratical this movable table!
Meanwhile the entire cabin starts to fall asleep...
…. I carry on with the dessert.
Then a very tasty espresso….
To end up with a fantastic Cognac.
Attempt of an artistic pic….
The cherry on the cake a mix of few squares of quality chocolate.
Meanwhile my pretty wife whi has said yes to every dish offered is struggling with her desert and her fruit salad.
I finish watching my movie on my screen which is not that small after all considering it is quite close to me.
View from my place at the end of the diner.
La Première Cabin who digest nicely.
I will have a little walk Inside the plane to visit this 380. The door full of secrets:))))
The Toilets and the changing room.
The staircase leading to the upper deck.
You can see the first business class cabin.
I present you the most useless space of this plane certainly the one who designed the now deceased Joon.
A bar for First or Business class passengers would have been awesome.
The first business cabin.
the second one which is very long.
And to finish on the upper deck at the back the tiny Economy cabin.
Security Equipment of this A380
Stairs to lower deck.
I climb Back up to the front of the upper deck.
The bar for La Première passengers… It's still a little bit cheap.
But with good Champagne.
I continue my walk on the main deck with the first Economy cabin just behind the enormous galley of first class.
The second one.
And the third and last one.
The rear stairs viewed from the main deck.
Back home for a nap.
Here we are!
It's really a very nice space.
the purser offers me to make my bed. a mattress is installed.
with a pillow and a duvet that's realy nice.
Madam takes her comforts
A Cognac for me for a better sleep.
When I start my nap we are here.
I play a little bit with the IFE.
When I wake up from my NAP we are here.
View of my beautiful bed.
View from the outside.
I watching some of the programs
I'm still feeling great!!!
The pillow is very comfortable
What a better way to sleep for an avgeek!
The cabin wakes up gently for the snack.
Outside the night is coming.
It's fresh and good.
The stick sugar is the only "cheap" details of this wonderful and luxurious service….
Accompanied by champagne one of so many!!
After removing my dishes the crew came to us and offered each a present to make this flight even more memorable.
A beautiful perfume for my wife
And a very nice watch for me
All accompanied by a very nice card.
Outside the Sun begins to go down.
The night is approaching
We are no longer very far.
We can see NYC.
everyone is ready for landing
Cabin check: OK!
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...
...we arrive at our parking stand!
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!
And within 10 minutes after we landed we already got our luggages!
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.
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….
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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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;)