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Old Aug 7, 12, 11:45 am   #1
 
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AF has improved, but still not won me back (feedback across several flights)

Over the past ten weeks my travel patterns made me take unusually many AF flights, more than the sporadic European roundtrip every 4-6 weeks. I noticed how many things at Air France have now improved, and on a consistent basis, not just one-offs. But I also reflected that in many cases they are still not my preferred choice. Since AF seems to read this forum, here are my thoughts, meant to be an informative feedback to them and not a mean-spirited rant. Your own personal preferences may differ and so may your travel patterns and alternatives. But I wanted to share this with the forum so maybe AF sees if mine is an isolated view or whether it's shared.

I have taken AF flights in almost every class/route combination. Première on B777 and A380, on day and night flights, both paid and upgraded. Affaires on longhaul on B777, A330, A340 and shorthaul, Premium Voyageur, and Economy on shorthaul and domestic. My flights included flights with subsidiaries on the E190 in Affaires and Eco, and on the Avros in Affaires.

My impressions:

The staff, on the ground and on board: always been fantastic, now even better. In a way I found Air France staff always the company's biggest asset and their weakest element. They were always good in spreading that aura of hospitality, class and elegance, they were - most of them - always extremely pleasant in interaction. Of course at the same time these are the same people that go on strike for not having to carry a spoon more on the tray or to make sure customers help themselves at the bar rather than being served, that spend time chatting in the galley. The call button has as much significance as a pedestrian traffic light in Paris (i.e. if bulbs didn't need to be changed from time to time noone would know of its existence). Still, across my flights I must say that for most of them they have become even more corteous, but also a little more attentionate and applying "common sense" in making customer requests possible. I have experienced some absolutely outstanding moments of customer service, both responses to requests as well as unrequested ones. Overall still lagging behind the pragmatism of Lufthansa staff or the attentiveness of Swiss crew, but that is compensated by their style. Still I prefer them to BA and give me an AF employee over any USA-based or EK/EY/QR staff any day. Having said that, there are still the occasional negative outlyers, about one in every six or so flights. If I had to make my choice of airline purely on the basis of its staff, I'd pick Air France without hesitation any time for cabin staff and ground staff, but not for call centre agents and customer care.

"Ground experience" (internet, check-in, phone, procedures, transfers, boarding, etc). Overall much (!!) improved, but with some significant needs to improve isolated things . One can see that they spent time thinking and money in this area. They have really simplified many procedures, making the overall experience much less hasslesome thanks to less controls, improved transfer procedures, less bus transfers, etc. I have even done a couple of transits at CDG, and compared to the (very few) times I had done them in the past I found it better organized, less stressful. The Sky Priority labeling and procedures work well at security checks and check-in. On the negative side, their IT platform. Whilst the new website design is a major improvement, there are still major problems under the hood. Plenty (!!) of bugs, hidden information, contradictory information, and a success rate at OLCI which is too low at around 60%-70%. Also, why they cannot do priority boarding on domestic flights is still a mystery to me and I remain unconvinced of the supposed "operational reasons". Bus transfers could be optimized by introducing special busses for J class pax rather than make them wait until the bus is stuffed to the max. What still remains a pain is that the only difference between priority and non-priority luggage is a yellow sticker, but there is no faster delivery, it remains completely random. Handling overbooked flights is stupid as well, where people traveling with status members are not protected from bumping (basically they want you to leave your 2 year old child behind on its own). But in sum I am much more positive now. Where I actively avoided AF in the past simply for wasting time because of their procedures I am now no longer put off, but the patchy performance of the OLCI is a major pain. The other elements (luggage, overbooking of non-status travel companions) are only relevant on a few flights a year, so they don't really matter. Thus, if I had to chose my airline based purely on criteria of "stressfree travel" I would not actively recommend Air France, but I am much less anti than before and this would not keep me from flying them.

Ground, part 2, dealing with irrops. Didn't have any, which is good, so I cannot assess this on any datapoints. But my intuition tells me not to trust the French with dealing with unplanned situations and to prefer being in the hands of the Brits, Germans or Swiss. I still have traumatic memories of dealing with lost luggage, snow episodes, strikes, etc and how that was handled (or wasn't). Put it like this, if there was an ash cloud tomorrow, I'd immediately cancel all my AF reservations and would deal only with LH/LX to get me through the chaos.

Ground, part 3, the lounges. Not improved. I still find their lounges very poor. There are of course differences between the different lounges, but the overall concept of not providing more than different variations of snacks, the sometimes run-down state of them, the badly-designed showers at CDG 2E, frankly I don't look forward to my time in an AF lounge. I find British Airways and Lufthansa lounges better, despite the shortcomings that these have. The Premiere lounge at CDG is of course a major exception. It is a great success in terms of design, "functioning", catering. I have debates with myself whether I prefer it to the First Class Terminal in FRA (and the other FCLs in FRA and MUC) and I end up with both the Air France and Lufthansa First lounges making me equally happy, albeit for different reasons. The Air France lounge is more beautiful and stylish, the Lufthansa one has a couple of highly appreciated features the AF one does not have. In the end, if I had to chose my airline based on the lounge experience I prefer other airlines (with the notable exeption of the Première salon at CDG).

Cabin product. This is the show stopper. Air France's cabin product is still lagging behind peers, both in comfort and service. And not only is it lagging in relative terms, it also in absolute terms is not good enough at least for me to give my business to them when I have a choice. In detail:

Shorthaul Economy: I understand that this a product which is designed to offer low fares and so I do not expect any luxury in terms of comfort or service. But NEO has taken the cheap to an absurdly low level. Would it have been more costly to install seats that at least recline, have a coat hook and a table that is large enough to place a cup and a PC? And whilst I do not expect grand cuisine, the selection of drinks, too, has gone to an absurdly low level. Given a choice, I would avoid AF on most of my usual routes.

Shorthaul Affaires: what a freaking joke. What is this? I understand that in Europe seats in C and Y are basically the same but it is not right that the C comfort is dragged down by the obsession to make the Y seat as cheap as possible. Also, KLM shows how one can have more comfort even on shorthaul flights. The worst bit I find the catering. I don't fly to eat, but people in European Affaires are either connecting from longhaul - so it would make sense to offer them a consistent product throughout - or are going point-to-point and the time on the plane is the only time they have to eat something and they also want to use the time productively. Despite announcements to the contrary AF still has those terrible boxes, which are unacceptable in both form and content. Comparison to the peers is unfavourable. Whilst the gap to Lufthansa is narrowing (which has to do with LH sliding down, not with AF improving) other airlines like BA, Swiss, Austrian and Turkish offer a far superior product. Result, I absolutely avoid AF on shorthaul Affaires if I can. I'll personally avoid AF Affaires whenever reasonably possible.

Variant of shorthaul Affaires on regional planes (E190, ARJ): even lower standards. Lame excuses like "this flight is too short to have pillows loaded" (when i) no flight is too short to hurt my back and ii) shorter flights do have them) and a shocking 2-2 config on the E190 instead of leaving the neighbouring seat free make this a terrible choice. I shall also proactively seek to avoid these flights.

Premium Voyageur. I book this class when I travel to closeby distances (BEY, CAI) with my wife and two young kids. We don't want to go in Y, but J on Air France is expensive for a family of four. So we started taking PV some time ago. Whilst I find the product good enough for the 4-5 hour day flights that we take them on, I only last week realized that we completely overpay. For 4% more I can book it with AF's codeshare partner in Business - and be seated in the same AF plane, but in the J cabin. So, while I find the product a nice alternative to Economy on these distances I shall stop using it if I can be in J on the same plane for (almost) the same money.

Longhaul Affaires: not good enough. We all know the facts on NEV, all peers have a substantially better hard product in Business, only Lufthansa's old - and now in the course of replacement - Business has seats that are equally unattractive. Also the cabin layout is not optimal, too little privacy, and often a somewhat "cramped and crowded" feeling in the cabin. The amenity kits are cheap and beyond the fact that they physically exist provide close to no value, headsets are not sufficiently noise cancelling, and power outlets cannot power more than a shaver. Catering has slightly improved, but is still not good. I'll continue to avoid Air France J class, limiting it to the above fly-Affaires-for-the-price-of-PV on the one route where the alternative would be worse and to cases where schedule constraints dictate it.

Première: quite good, but not good enough. I actually always liked the cabin design, the colours and materials are pleasant for the eye. Seats are comfy, albeit not offering sufficient privacy and personally I do not like its layout on the main deck of the A380 (I prefer upper deck like on some other airines). So far so good, and although I find LX (old and new), BA (old and new), LH (new) have a much better hard product, the seat and cabin would not put me off to fly the AF one. But the rest is an utter disappointment. Amenity kits are poor, the PJs are made of "heavy" cloth and more like track suits than PJs, headsets and power supply as bad as in J. The most scandalous part is catering. What the heck are they thinking? No proper wine glasses? Pre-plated food? Leaving the plastic cover on after putting it on passenger's table (on some flights)? Not enough cutlery (or coming way too late when it's no longer needed)? Distributing starters from a trolley that is reminiscent of the distribution of hospital food? Selection of wines: *one* white wine and one sweet white, and two reds - seriously? The quality of the food can range from very good (e.g. on CDG-USA main meal) to rather mediocre (e.g. on BEY-CDG, CDG-USA second "meal"). Also I found service very inconsistent. From very good and "First class-ish" to sloppy, not attentionate at all, including forgetting certain service items. One FA must have been from the old guard, extremely chatty about his private life when he was around (not realizing at what time I continued to listen only because I am polite but no longer interested in where his great grandmother came from), but then he disappeared (fair enough) and when called reappeared with his sleeves rolled up, crossword puzzle in hand and bellowing from the curtain through the cabin to my seat "You wanted something?" as if I had disturbed him. Sure, just one isolated anecdote, but the kind of thing that should not happen at all in a First Class cabin. All in all this is a no-no, and I'll keep my First flying to LX and LH, and BA when the opportunity arises.

Frequent flyer program, status benefits: not enough to attract me back the Platinum card I have with Flying Blue provides me fairly little benefits. It also compares poorly to BA Gold (which I don't have) and to LH/LX. The comparison to LH/LX is particularly negative. Sure one could argue that the equivalent of FP Platinum is M&M Senator, but Senator has more benefits. But I still find HON a relevant comparison: for my travel patterns, if I chose AFKL in all the cases where I now take LHLX, I'd still end up only with Platinum. So the comparison counts, and even though HON erodes its benefits it is still substantially (!!) more attractive than Platinum, both in terms of written and unwritten benefits. Thus the FFP and its status level are for me a reason to favour LHLX.

In sum I shall continue to use Air France, but very much in the same way that I have used them in the past couple of years: sporadically, when there was no better scheduling or airline alternative. But the positives of all the improvements especially about making travel less are outweighed by their cabin product which is still between extremely disappointing (Première) to outright terrible (NEO), or overpaid (Premium Voyageur). So those flights where I have a choice my business will go elsewhere. Deep inside me I hope that AF will turn the corner, and the experience I have made with staff makes me believe that there is some real potential in the people of that company. But it will take a lot of investment (but they don't have money) and listening to customers (they have been traditionally bad at that) to make it happen. Bonne chance AF!

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Old Aug 7, 12, 2:24 pm   #2
 
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Very good account of AF current offering. It doesn't sound at all like a rant. I agree with most of what you said, but I'd like to add that, unlike you, I haven't been in a position to witness any recent improvements: when I switched my flights to LX and other Star Alliance carriers, I have focussed on them and didn't find myself in a position where flying AF is the most convenient option. As a result, and I am sure I am not alone, I'd need a lot of positive word of mouth before "daring" to try some of the weakest offering, like European Business class. I am pretty sure I am not alone, and it will take time for any improvement to actually benefit AF revenue, I guess.

What I'd like to emphasize is the lack of consistency of AF product. It is apparent in your report (with some parts rating great and other horrible) but I think it deserves a special category. I have found that AF can deliver the best when, apparently, they focus on something, but it's not enough, and often, the bad experience is remembered more than the good ones that we take for granted. Especially when some difference can be obscure. You mention flight to the Near East as disappointed in Affaires. One could answer that it's documented and you should know better but I don't think it's appropriate for AF not to try a little harder to implement a consistent quality in its offering. If a short-haul business with bad seats and meal is the last leg of a long-haul flight, it will be the last thing remembered and when you're already tired and eager to arrive at your destination, a bad experience can taint the whole picture of your trip.

I am especially wondering about consistency in the service quality. At some point, I wonder if some crew are not exceptional not because of training standard or AF requirements but simply because they are good at doing their job and its their intrinsic quality, not AF, that should be praised... Especially when you find some that couldn't care less.
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Old Aug 7, 12, 4:06 pm   #3
 
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I have experienced the new business product to Saint Petersburg and Kiev (3 hours flight), and was very happy about it (warm omelette for breakfast, no plastic glass/china/steel fork and knife, new AF refreshing wet towel; warm dish in the evening).

And when you are at both PIE and IEV lounges, you really find AF lounge at T2E simply fantastic!
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I have experienced the new business product to Saint Petersburg and Kiev (3 hours flight), and was very happy about it (warm omelette for breakfast, no plastic glass/china/steel fork and knife, new AF refreshing wet towel; warm dish in the evening).
Thanks for sharing this Nicolas75. Good to know that catering has become better on those routes. Still leaves the seats where personally I would not be willing to take the risk of sitting in a NEO seat for such a long trip.

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IAnd when you are at both PIE and IEV lounges, you really find AF lounge at T2E simply fantastic!
I surely believe that and don't disagree. And if you are in Bamako, Kunduz or Boa Vista you might end up finding St. Petersburg (I assume you meant LED, not PIE - St. Petersburg/Clearwater in Florida) fantastic. Hence my disclaimer on "your travel patterns and alternatives may differ". Throughout my feedback I have limited my comparison to other European peers. If I were going to - for instance - Spain or the Magreb frequently, I'd also prefer AF to their local carriers. But AF is in competition for travelers who make their choice between AF, other European network carriers (LHLX, BAIB, increasingly TK) and large network carriers from other continents. Being better than Hewa Bora Airlines or Ariana Afghan airlines is laudable, but not a winning strateg and thus hopefully not their benchmark and ambition.

So my point is not to discount your experience, my point is simply that benchmarking downward and saying to myself "it could be worse" will not bring me back as a customer. And I dare to think that most potential customers think that way.

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Old Aug 8, 12, 2:34 am   #5
 
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Ground, part 2, dealing with irrops. Didn't have any, which is good, so I cannot assess this on any datapoints. But my intuition tells me not to trust the French with dealing with unplanned situations and to prefer being in the hands of the Brits, Germans or Swiss. I still have traumatic memories of dealing with lost luggage, snow episodes, strikes, etc and how that was handled (or wasn't). Put it like this, if there was an ash cloud tomorrow, I'd immediately cancel all my AF reservations and would deal only with LH/LX to get me through the chaos.

Ground, part 3, the lounges. Not improved. I still find their lounges very poor. There are of course differences between the different lounges, but the overall concept of not providing more than different variations of snacks, the sometimes run-down state of them, the badly-designed showers at CDG 2E, frankly I don't look forward to my time in an AF lounge. I find British Airways and Lufthansa lounges better, despite the shortcomings that these have. The Premiere lounge at CDG is of course a major exception. It is a great success in terms of design, "functioning", catering. I have debates with myself whether I prefer it to the First Class Terminal in FRA (and the other FCLs in FRA and MUC) and I end up with both the Air France and Lufthansa First lounges making me equally happy, albeit for different reasons. The Air France lounge is more beautiful and stylish, the Lufthansa one has a couple of highly appreciated features the AF one does not have. In the end, if I had to chose my airline based on the lounge experience I prefer other airlines (with the notable exeption of the Première salon at CDG).
Indeed, a very balanced account on AF's pros and cons. I am personally more severe on some aspects (e.g. long haul Premium Voyageur or boarding because depending on terminal, Skypriority works really well or not at all). On a footnote, though, I would say that on irrops, I wonder if your assessment of LX/LH might be clouded by your HON status with them. I have travelled with LH and LX (mostly LX) a lot more than usual in the past 4 months and have had the most horrible experience with them in the case of the many irrops (5) which I have faced (all on connecting flights). Every time, it was obvious from point of origin) that I would miss my connection in ZRH. Every single time, they refused rerouting from point of origin (despite some LH or OS connections being available on several occasions), every time they refused to reroute me on other airlines from ZRH letting me take the whole of a 4h plus delay at arrival. They have also not answered either of the two complaints which I have sent to them through their online system. I should add - even though it shouldn't be relevant - that I am *A gold.

Some of the people I dealt with were nice and tried (called supervisors who then refused) others were outright unpleasant. On top of it, my other gripe with LX is that on several occasions, at boarding gate before boarding one of their Avros, they tried (sometimes they managed sometimes my protesting worked) to tag my hand luggage which totally fitted LX's size and weight limits (pretty obviously so too as they have the 'test shapes' at the gate). I have had gate-checking of luggage with other airlines (including AF) on regional aircrafts but that was for luggage to be received at the foot of the aircraft while invariably LX out of ZRH would try and make it 'proper' checked luggage (which annoyed me no end as I usually take a small suitcase with everything including laptop in).

Anyway, all that to say that while I agree with your general perception of AF (Ok but great), I think that for the 'average flyer' your assessment of the competition might be a bit optimistic on some aspects. While I find the AF lounges rather average (much less good than BA for instance), I also personally find them much better than LH and LX Senator ones (massages, better showers, less bad internet system, etc).
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I were going to - for instance - Spain or the Magreb frequently, I'd also prefer AF to their local carriers.
Between IB and AF business class on a flight to Spain, I'd have thought you'd choose IB without hesitation!

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Being better than Hewa Bora Airlines or Ariana Afghan airlines is laudable, but not a winning strateg and thus hopefully not their benchmark and ambition.


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So my point is not to discount your experience, my point is simply that benchmarking downward and saying to myself "it could be worse" will not bring me back as a customer. And I dare to think that most potential customers think that way.
More seriously, you're right. There is often several choices available and unless lured by other aspects not directly related to the flight experience, like FF program, there is no reason to choose the "rather OKayish" choice instead of the best available.

Especially when price is given consideration, something you didn't mention in your post because it's widely different according to times and routes, I guess. But in my experience, only ONE time in the last three years was AF the cheapest choice. Call me unlucky...

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Indeed, a very balanced account on AF's pros and cons. I am personally more severe on some aspects (e.g. long haul Premium Voyageur or boarding because depending on terminal, Skypriority works really well or not at all).
It's a part of the service where leniency could be given. Skypriority is very airport-dependant and perhaps partially out of control for AF. In this case, comparison should be done with other airlines to assess how AF handles that.

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On a footnote, though, I would say that on irrops, I wonder if your assessment of LX/LH might be clouded by your HON status with them.
LX is my airline of choice for European flights and I my experience is closer to San Gottardo's than yours, despite not having any LX status (*A Gold, as you are, and I suspect from the same airline )

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On top of it, my other gripe with LX is that
Were you flying Economy?

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I have had gate-checking of luggage with other airlines (including AF) on regional aircrafts but that was for luggage to be received at the foot of the aircraft while invariably LX out of ZRH would try and make it 'proper' checked luggage (which annoyed me no end as I usually take a small suitcase with everything including laptop in).
Yep, that's strange with airlines usually refusing to take laptops as checked luggage.

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While I find the AF lounges rather average (much less good than BA for instance), I also personally find them much better than LH and LX Senator ones (massages, better showers, less bad internet system, etc).
I much prefer LX Lounge in ZRH to AF's in CDG for the catering. And I'd say that outside Europe, Star Alliance lounges have impressed me more than Skyteam's. Not really something to blame AF for, though a part of the reason steering me toward *A (and, rather recently, OW, that I'm currently assessing and finding rather good so far but I haven't sampled enough of them to give a serious opinion).
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I have experienced the new business product to Saint Petersburg and Kiev (3 hours flight), and was very happy about it (warm omelette for breakfast, no plastic glass/china/steel fork and knife, new AF refreshing wet towel; warm dish in the evening).

And when you are at both PIE and IEV lounges, you really find AF lounge at T2E simply fantastic!
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Very good assesment indeed, however, I would say that Air France, even when I had no status with them have always been really excellent in handling Irrops (far better than LH/LX), and they always provide me with the best alternatives, even on non-ST airlines.
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So I did in the ATH (3 hours) and TUN (2 hours) routes and didn't find the experience exquisite, compared to the same route on Aegean to ATH and LH to FRA.
In addition the seats are still very uncomfortable and the premium cabin mixing economy and business is irritating
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Were you flying Economy?
Both economy and business (about half and half; ten returns in total over the period, all within Europe except one connection to long haul on OS in J, all 10 included connections).

Re-luggage made to be checked, I did mention my laptop every time (because I was worried about it) and was merely told to take it out when they would insist on the checking. Again, Y or C made no difference except once when the moment I showed the C boarding pass the guy left me immediately alone, but that was actually in CPH not in ZRH. About the procedure, on most cases (all my avro departures except one were from the ground floor gates) one of the two gate agents manning the gate would walk and unilaterally point to bags to be checked. In fairness, all flights were full but I still don't think it justifies it, and clearly the partner *A gold has no value at all. I should add that in some outstations such as NCE, LH explicitly refuses contract lounge access to *A G members, only to their own (no problem with LX there though).

I agree on leniency on Skypriority, but personally don't agree on catering. I find the ZRH food very repetitive and simply not very good, and the drinks selection (including wines) rather poor (especially considering the remarkable Swiss wine production). I used to like their Nespresso machine but it seems to have disappeared from lounges A at least. LH lounge food, again, not really to my taste. To me the very clear winners lounge-wise are indeed OW, especially QF and then CX and BA.

Last 'unpleasant' experience I had on LX was on one of the Y flights where I refused the dreadful muffin and asked for a glass of apple juice and one of sparkling water and was answered that it is 'only one drink per person' but I guess that sort of stupid reaction can happen on any airline.
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Someone sent me a PM asking what it is that I would improve at the Première lounge at CDG relative to the Lufthansa FCL/FCT. Actually I would not talk of "improvement" because the Première lounge is fantastic as it is but rather point out that there are two things that I truly value at the FCT/FCL, which are 1) resting rooms, like little hotel rooms, great to use after a flight with too little sleep and before connecting onward and 2) work areas are actually real "cabins" with a closing door rather than cubicles like at CDG. There is more space to spread out one's papers and one can make phone calls even with a louder voice (sometimes needed when the other party is in a far away country or on a bad line), something that I don't like doing in the Première lounge. There also is one thing at FCL/FCT which I am not sure exists at Première: toys for kids and even a kids playing corner during vacation times. I have never travelled through CDG in F with my kids (actually I did but for complicated reasons we did not use the Lounge) so maybe they also have it. But on my last two visits I did notice young kids being extremely noisy and running around, which is a bit of a nuisance when one is on the phone in one of the cubicles. Give them something to play with, that might help. At the FCL in MUC and FRA they do it systematically, in MUC they even know which toys my kids like.

Another word: my post was not trying to establish the absolute truth which airline is better or not. My post was purely subjective, I chose to post it here in the hope that it was going to be read by AF. So things like bias from HON are certainly true, but in my particular case my travel pattern is one that gives me the possibility to benefit from HON perks whereas the same travel on AF would not give me something comparable. So it's part of the offering, and it makes LHLX's offering better in some respects. Maybe my assessment would look different if I didn't have status with LHLX. But that's just me
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Old Aug 8, 12, 3:50 pm   #12
 
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There also is one thing at FCL/FCT which I am not sure exists at Première: toys for kids and even a kids playing corner during vacation times.
I am not quite sure I would be happy to find some children in La Première lounge (and even worse in La Première cabin).
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Old Aug 9, 12, 12:17 am   #13
 
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I am not quite sure I would be happy to find some children in La Première lounge (and even worse in La Première cabin).
Thank you for reminding me. I have forgotten one important point, which I hope AF will get as a feedback as well. They are absolutely superb with children, both on board (in *all* classes) but also in the lounges (2F, 2E are the ones that I have tried with kids). I am sometimes jealous how much attention they get.

And I also appreciate that on two occasions AF delayed departure for a couple of minutes to disembark passengers who misbehaved. That is good for my comfort and my safety. Although I suspect that the offloaded passengers were adults. I applaud that Air France has a policy to determine nuisance by demonstrated behaviour (noise, aggression of others, intoxication) rather than by age of its customers.

So for AF having the most child-welcoming employees. If now they could only implement overbooking protection for entire families and also copy DXB's idea of providing strollers at the gates when arriving, that would be even more fantastic.

On the contrary, if a means was found to avoid nuisance from people talking loudly on their phones, having a party in the lounge (a bunch of nouveaux riche Eastern Europeans and your quiet lounge may feel like a pub), etc. I'd welcome it.

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Old Aug 9, 12, 2:14 am   #14
 
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On the contrary, if a means was found to avoid nuisance from people talking loudly on their phones, [...] I'd welcome it.
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Old Aug 9, 12, 7:40 am   #15
 
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I applaud that Air France has a policy to determine nuisance by demonstrated behaviour (noise, aggression of others, intoxication) rather than by age of its customers.
Eerily optimistic assessment, unless there have been cases of offloaded obnoxious children, which I doubt. A more realistic description would be that they don't care about policing their flight/lounges/etc. unless they feel they can't get away with it: no problem with noisy people on the phone, noisy people in the lounge, noisy children... but they can't risk someone getting hit on a plane by a drunk and agressive passenger for liability reasons.

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