Written on: 24/06/2010
I would never never fly Air France again. The seats were really cramped both in terms of width and leg room. I was just about OK at 5'3" and 8 stone but for my 6 ft husband it was a very uncomfortable flight. During the 11 hour flight we immediately had breakfast which was quite nice - fresh pineapple, yoghurt, bread, a muffin, orange juice etc. After that there were no drinks and we didn't even see the cabin crew for 4.5 hrs (this was a daytime flight so the lights were on, they weren't encouraging us to sleep). Then lunch - horrible lamb stew with a slightly curried taste with the runniest mashed potato I have ever had. I mean, you don't expect brilliant food but this was awful. There was a chunk of camembert which was good and some nice bread. There was a bottle of red wine on each tray - "brilliant!" I thought, only it had been in the fridge with the meal so was ice cold. I had to sit on it to warm it up! Surely if there is one thing the French know about it is wine! It wasn't the type of red wine you are meant to drink cold either. After lunch, again there were no more drinks offered and no sign of the cabin crew (again, daytime) until the end of the flight. Some people got up to go and get drinks but with a sleeping person taking up the aisle seat, this wasn't possible for us without waking him and luckily we had brought water in any case. Also, there were no little tv screens in each seat, just a tiny screen at the front which I couldn't see over the seat in front of me anyway. I did raise myself up with 2 cushions, blankets and a cardigan and could just about see and was starting to watch a film but it got 1/4 way through and for some unknown reason they decided to change to a programme about flowers. There were also no buttons to call the cabin crew. Over the past 10 years, I've been on loads of long haul flights with a variety of different airlines and they have all been much much better than this. If you are flying air france, I recommend taking your own drinks, maybe some food and a portable DVD player, basically expect nothing from them!! We had books with us but a film (doesn't have to be a recent one!) and the odd drinks run do really help pass the time, that 11 hours felt like the longest of my life.