Review: Air France La Première First Class Dubai to Paris

Air France La Première Dubai to Paris

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B777-300/ER

First Class

13 August 2016

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Follow an absolute outstanding and perhaps my best First Class flight with Air France in May this year, I flew with Air France again this summer from Dubai to Madrid via Paris. This time travelling with my wife together.

We originally purchased Business Class tickets. Air France have a special offer at check-in (either online or at check-in counters) for upgrade. (when the next cabin is not full) Such was the case on our flight and it costed 800 Euros per passenger to upgrade to La Première which I think the price is quite fair.

The upgrade not only came with a better cabin with better seats, better food, better privacy. It also entitles you to use the Salon La Première in Paris with private limo transfer and a host to take care of all your needs.

Thinking of that, it has tremendous values!

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A nice surprise from Air France, they have arranged an escort to walk us through the departure formalities.

This was even before we purchased the upgrade at check in!

La Première passengers are entitled to such escort and use of DCA Ahlan First Class Lounge in Dubai.

 

Dubai new Concourse D

This is also my first time using the new concourse D in Dubai which is used by all airlines in Terminal 1.

Concourse D houses all international airlines except Emirates and airlines that use Terminal 2.

Once after checked-in at T1, you will go through the usual passport control and screening. Then you will board the new transit train to take you directly to the new Concourse D.

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New Concourse D at Dubai International Airport.

The lounge and several restaurant is located upstairs with a huge duty free area on the boarding level.

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La Premiere (First Class) passengers on Air France flight out of Dubai are entitled to use the awesome DCA Ahlan First Class Lounge

Business Class passengers can use the Skyteam Lounge.

Dubai Ahlan First Class Lounge Concourse D
Dubai Ahlan First Class Lounge Concourse D
 

The lounge feature an unique and amazing Flightradar 24 display!

Dubai Ahlan First Class Lounge Concourse D
Dubai Ahlan First Class Lounge Concourse D
 
Dubai Ahlan First Class Lounge Concourse D
Dubai Ahlan First Class Lounge Concourse D
 
DCA Ahlan First Class Lounge Concourse D
DCA Ahlan First Class Lounge Concourse D

The First Class lounge feature amazing "cook-to-order" food.

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Click here to see the complete review of the awesome DCA Ahlan First Class Lounge

We didn’t realize how much time we had spent until our escort came back to collect us.

A golf buggy was arranged to take us directly to the boarding gate.

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A First Class Welcome!

Another Air France gate agent personally escorted us to the plane from the gate and bid farewell.

The First Class jetbridge is just for two of us to use personally tonight!

There are no other passengers in First Class!

As soon as we board, a nice surprise was presented to us!

Air France First Class B777-300/ER
Air France First Class B777-300/ER
 
Air France First Class Welcome Drink
Air France First Class Welcome Drink
 

 We felt so pampered once we were settled in as we were welcomed with a bottle of La Grande Annee Bollinger, orange juice and some toasted nuts for both of us.

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Air France First Class Champagne
Air France First Class Champagne
 
Air France First Class Champagne
Air France First Class Champagne
 

We were then presented the new comfort kit complete with a selection of Carita facial and body care products and an excellent designed pyjama.

Air France First Class Comfort Kit and Pyjama
Air France First Class Comfort Kit and Pyjama
 
Air France First Class Pyjama
Air France First Class Pyjama
 

The usual slipper, socks and shoe bag.

Air France First Class amenities
Air France First Class amenities

La Premiere food and drink menu

Air France First Class Food and Beverage Menu
Air France First Class Food and Beverage Menu
 
Air France First Class Food and Beverage Menu
Air France First Class Food and Beverage Menu
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Air France First Class Food Menu Dubai to Paris
Air France First Class Food Menu Dubai to Paris
 

The food and beverage menu is also available on our entertainment screen.

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After takeoff, our dinner order was taken with recommended wine to pair with.

Since it is an overnight flight, we'd prefer to have a quick supper then rest.

Flight time to Paris was about 6 hours 30 minutes.

Air France First Class service
Air France First Class service
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The usual excellent tableware of La Premiere!

Air France First Class table setting
Air France First Class table setting
 

Backside of the dish, just for your record! 😉

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The catering is from outstation Dubai. Even the crew admitted it won't be as good as from Paris so we adjusted our expectation accordingly.

Starter : Jumbo Shrimp with Chinese noodles.

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Green Salad to go with the dinner

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My wife enjoyed the pumpkin soup

Air France First Class dinner
Air France First Class dinner
 
Air France First Class Red Wine
Air France First Class Red Wine
 

Main course individually presented in front of you.

Air France First Class Dinner Service
Air France First Class Dinner Service

Sea Perch

Air France First Class Dinner Service
Air France First Class Dinner Service
 

Beef Fillet steak

Air France First Class Dinner Service
Air France First Class Dinner Service
 
Air France First Class Dinner Service
Air France First Class Dinner Service
 

Our exclusive private cabin! It certainly felt it was on our own private plane.

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The steak and fish wasn't bad but the food can't compare than the ones from Paris!

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The dessert was a bit simple and disappointing. More like Business Class standard.

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After the meal service, I asked whether we could see the cockpit for a few minutes. The pilot kindly granted us entry.

I like how Air France pilots have the final authority instead of follow a fixed rule.

The pilots informed our flight route from Dubai to Paris via Shiraz, turkey, black sea, Romania, then onto continental Europe.  Flight time was 6 hr 30 minutes and cruising level at 36,000 feet.

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After the cockpit visit, our bed has already been turned down and we're off for some sleep.

My wife took the window solo seat and I took the middle aisle seat.

The bedding is excellent, easily the best I've experienced on any First Class. It is from Sofitel

Air France La Premiere First Class bed turn down service
Air France La Premiere First Class bed turn down service
 
Air France La Premiere First Class bed turn down service
Air France La Premiere First Class bed turn down service

Stylish bathroom, consistent with La Premiere brand theme.

Air France La Premiere First Class bathroom
Air France La Premiere First Class bathroom
 

This is how it looks when the curtains are closed together in the middle pair seats.

You're in your own bubble with full privacy but do not feel "closed in" by doors or walls.

Air France La Premiere First Class with curtain closed
Air France La Premiere First Class with curtain closed

I turned out the In-Flight Entertainment to see where we are.

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Air France In-flight entertainment
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Lot of nice movies on the touch screen unit, but I am getting very tired on the comfy La Premiere bed....

Air France In-flight entertainment
Air France In-flight entertainment
 

After about 3 hours of rest, we woke up just before the descend into Paris.

The crew brought us some pastry, tea and juice. They asked us whether we want a full breakfast....

But we decided to wait and have it in the excellent Salon La Premiere after landing.

Air France First Class snack before landing
Air France First Class snack before landing

Our gorgeous cabin with daybreak view during out gradual descend...

The cabin was quiet, and private at all times. There were no disturbances and it is perfect for just two of us!

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Air France First Class sitting
 
Air France First Class sitting
Air France First Class sitting
 

Enjoying our last moments.... It was such a fast 6.5 hours while you enjoy every minute of it!

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We landed at CDG on-time and it's time to say goodbye to our lovely AF crew.

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As soon as we got out of the door, another lovely Air France agent, Alise was waiting and escorted us to the waiting limo to take us directly to the lounge.

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Upon hearing I am an aviation enthusiast, Alise decided to drive me around CDG airport to look at all the planes. We have an awesome airside tour for almost half an hour in our private limo!

We finally arrived at Salon La Premiere private entrance.

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The Salon La Premiere is a destination of its own. It is quite, luxurious and cozy.

We spent 3 hours there easily and did not want to leave....

You can see a full review of the lounge here.

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Breakfast: Jamon Ibérico Pata Negra (Bellota)

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Fried Egg (well done)

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Foie Gras Terrine with toast

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We always enjoyed the complementary 30 minutes spa

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What I like about Salon La Premiere is, it was never too noisy or crowded. It has all the feature of a First Class lounge that a First Class passenger demands, with French elegant flair and style added to its design

Upon leaving the lounge, I was given a choice whether I would like the BMW limo or try the French Citroen. I choose the latter and was very happy with the comfort.

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Arrive on our Limo below the boarding gate of our A320 flight to Madrid.

 The pilot of our onward flight was awaiting us on the jetbridge!

Alise says her farewell and have asked the onward crew to take special care of us.

We were treated like Royalty. It certainly feels special!

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A selfie together with our lovely host, Alise.

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Bottom Line

Wow, that was my 2nd flight with Air France La Premiere First Class.

What a product, I felt so in love with it and it keeps growing in me!

We were extremely lucky to have the whole 4 private suite cabin to ourselves.

We felt so cozy, comfortable and being at home, but above the clouds at 36,000 feet.

Thank you Air France by providing such magnificent moment to our travel memories.



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6 Comments on Review: Air France La Première First Class Dubai to Paris

  1. What an engaging report! It must have been a different experience to fly on La Premiere with your wife! At check-in, does AF escort all business and La Premiere passengers or only La Premiere passengers? I asked because in the photo you stated that you guys were escorted before you bought the upgrade? Regardless, this experience looks amazing. Despite the catering coming from Dubai and not Paris, how would you compare the food overall with EK F and EY F on flights departing from UAE?

    • thanks for your comment Joey. The food is on par with EK/EY as it is difficult to source certain fresh produce in the UAE.

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