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Old May 20, 21, 8:24 am
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Doubling down on the request to our fortunate La Première frequent flyers, please do let us know if there are new branded goodies ! I usually only do it once a year so can't miss that window of opportunity, and looking forward to add to my passport holder and luggage tag .
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Old May 27, 21, 8:37 am
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The 20th A350 for AF is marked as the first one to be receiving La Premiere according to this Wikipedia page that is quite accurate. At the current production rate, this plane should join AF within 15 months.
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Old May 27, 21, 8:43 am
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The 20th A350 for AF is marked as the first one to be receiving La Premiere according to this Wikipedia page that is quite accurate. At the current production rate, this plane should join AF within 15 months.
We should be at 10 A350 or so. When/whether the 20th will be delivered with F is still a question mark.
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Old May 27, 21, 8:47 am
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All we needed was a worldwide pandemic to start seeing P in an A350.

So much for fleet simplification though, after retrofit the fleet will look like this:
777-200 3 configs (40J, 28J, 16J)
777-300 5 configs (new COI, Loisir, P/58J, P/40J, 8P)
787-9 1 config
A330-200 1 config
A350-900 2 configs (P, no P)

Fleet wide lie-flat all aisle access still sounds like a pipe dream.
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Old May 27, 21, 8:54 am
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Impressions from the lounge last Saturday. It was quite busy in the morning but understaffed as there was only one employee in charge of food & beverage. I wanted to sit at the bar for a while with a glass of Bruno Paillard but it was not staffed so that was not possible.





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Old May 27, 21, 9:53 am
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Old May 29, 21, 4:40 pm
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Bar not staffed as usual...
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Old May 29, 21, 4:48 pm
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Originally Posted by SkyteamEP View Post
Bar not staffed as usual...
I've never seen it staffed. Suspect that if you ask, a "bartender" will walk from the dining room to the bar to serve.
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Old May 31, 21, 6:14 am
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I confirm. I was told during my stay that if I wanted something from the bar, someone from staff will take care of it
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Old Jun 2, 21, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Klems View Post
Doubling down on the request to our fortunate La Première frequent flyers, please do let us know if there are new branded goodies ! I usually only do it once a year so can't miss that window of opportunity, and looking forward to add to my passport holder and luggage tag .
I am on my way to CDG from LAX in LP, and have an 8 hour layover in the LP lounge in CDG before my flight to my end destination. Since my Mrs. Duck has graciously agreed to accompany me on a similar LP trip in August, I do intend to let them know in the LP lounge in Paris about that fact, and that Mrs. Duck really needed convincing to join me on this next trip, and if they have any ‘bling’ to entice her, it would be highly appreciated! - I will let you know what, if anything, it produces!

in looking at the LP review videos on YouTube, I have noticed, that a red LP bag containing luggage tags and other goodies does exist!
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Old Jun 4, 21, 11:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying_Duck View Post
I am on my way to CDG from LAX in LP,
Can you confirm the lounge offering at LAX? I was told all lounges are closed until at least mid-June but that P passengers can order anything off the menu at “Vino Volo” in Tom Bradley terminal. Unfortunately I have a 5 hour layover at LAX before the P flight so that could be an extended visit at Vino Volo.
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Old Jun 5, 21, 12:12 am
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Originally Posted by David7 View Post
Can you confirm the lounge offering at LAX? I was told all lounges are closed until at least mid-June but that P passengers can order anything off the menu at “Vino Volo” in Tom Bradley terminal. Unfortunately I have a 5 hour layover at LAX before the P flight so that could be an extended visit at Vino Volo.
David7: Check out Flying_Duck's trip report, which includes info regarding your question above:

La Première during the COVID Transition to normalcy (We hope!)
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Old Jun 11, 21, 7:06 am
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Forgot to take some pics on my way to MEX last sunday

Just flew back from MEX today and here are some pics

Menu is back to normal with more options than in the past and we can, finally clear immigration directly in the lounge

Croque Monsieur Comté / Truffes
Dessert Roland Garros






And because food is everything, here are some in-flight food pictures







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Old Jun 11, 21, 8:48 am
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On my flight AF 65 (LAX-CDG) I think I got, what @SFO777 would perhaps call, the B-team - or even the C-team.

The ground experience at LAX involved a separate check-in queue for P and escort through security. Red envelopes for the boarding pass were unavailable due to Covid. The lounge offering is a wine bar called Vino Volo where customers can order anything off the menu. Options include nice American wines by the glass and even bottles of premium wines of the world are available. In terms of food small bites are available and served on cardboard plates or in plastic cups with plastic cutlery. The server told me some funny story of an AF P passenger who ordered a bottle of Cristal and slurped it with a straw from Starbucks. I was also reminded several times that tip/service charge is not paid by AF so it would be up to me to give it.

The cabin was full 4/4 and when I arrived onboard 3 crew members were occupied with a French rockstar who was onboard. He was very upset that he had an aisle seat so the crew came to me (1L) and the gentleman in 1A to ask if we would switch because the musician was claustrophobic, however we both declined. There was no silver tray or pre-departure beverage apart from water. I asked for some champagne and was told, yes, after the doors are closed, but never ended up getting any before take-off.



The rockstar immediately closed his curtains after take off for the duration of the rest of the flight - this is certainly a very unusual form of claustrophobia! Dinner was nice but could not compare to the offering on the outbound CDG-LAX which was to be expected. But the service was what really disappointed me. They forgot the starters, served me the salad instead (I had requested it after the main course as suggested in the menu) and after enquiring what was going on I ended up getting the starters after the main course. This should not really happen in First Class. Maybe I was eating too slowly and the timing of heating the dishes was a problem, I don't know. Just like on the outbound flight the WiFi was not functional which was great – less distraction, more sleep and enjoyment.




The bed was very comfy and I fell asleep quickly after indulging in some cheese and Château La Dominique 2015 which is an absolute delight for lovers of powerful and heavy Bordeaux (15% alc vol). It was very hot so I woke up thirsty a couple of times. With the whole plane in "sleep mode" and my call button malfunctioning I got up to get some more water both times. Not a big deal as I don't like using the call button anyways. I did not request any breakfast, just some juice and tea. Hoping for a refill of juice, the crew was nowhere to be seen for the last half an hour before landing. They were in the business class galley chatting with their colleagues.

The ground experience was truly "magnifique" though and made up for what was lacking onboard. The staff were incredibly nice, I asked for a goodie and received a USB stick two minutes later (apparently nothing else is available due to the recent reopening of the lounge but I gather that the stock level of goodies is a bit of a black box). Being able to lie down and sleep for just a couple of extra hours, followed by a cold shower, in the comfort of the lounge was great. As on the outbound, the wine list included Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs, an epic champagne, and Chateau Cantenac-Brown 2008. I was not sure if I was going to love the infamous coquillettes au jambon et truffe noir but they absolutely blew me away. When I think back to the lounge, I immediately think of the coquillettes and the great charcuterie. Before it was time to leave I asked one of the staff if I could taste some of the Macallan whiskies on display at the newly renovated bar - and so, my fantastic stay came to its worthy conclusion.








The ground experience was the best I ever had thanks to some amazing employees - their courteousness, sophistication and professionalism really blew me away. Overall I was left a bit stupefied that the consistency of the onboard P product was not as usually reported on this forum and other blogs. My outbound flight was superb with a really enthusiastic FA, on the return I was left wanting more. Please do tell me if my expectations were simply too high in this regard. In any case, I look forward to entering the captivating world of La Première in the not too distant future.
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Old Jun 11, 21, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by David7 View Post
On my flight AF 65 (LAX-CDG)... the cabin was full 4/4 and when I arrived onboard 3 crew members were occupied with a French rockstar who was onboard. He was very upset that he had an aisle seat so the crew came to me (1L) and the gentleman in 1A to ask if we would switch because the musician was claustrophobic, however we both declined. The rockstar immediately closed his curtains after take off for the duration of the rest of the flight - this is certainly a very unusual form of claustrophobia!
LOL. Classic. You just can't make up this stuff.
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