France economy

Air France Airbus A318 economy class, Paris to Florence

THE ROAD

Flight AF1066 from Paris to Florence

THE PLANE

Airbus A318. A smaller version of the A320, the airline is gradually abandoning its A318s in favor of the new Airbus A220.

THE LOYALTY PROGRAM

The Flying Blue program operated by Air France and KLM also includes other carriers such as Kenya Airways and AirCalin. Points are calculated on ticket prices; passengers with entry-level Explorer status earn four miles per euro spent. Air France is part of the SkyTeam alliance.

TO CLASSIFY

Economy seat, 10C (corridor)

DURATION

One hour 45 minutes

CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSION

104kg according to the Air France carbon calculator. Each fare from France includes a small sustainable fuel contribution in the price. Travelers can also choose to participate in the Trip and Tree reforestation program.

FREQUENCY

The schedule changes with the season but there are usually around five flights a week.

HEALTH

Passengers are required to wear a mask at the airport and on the plane.

REGISTRATION

Online check-in opens 30 hours before the flight, so I printed my boarding pass before arriving at the airport. However, I still need to print my luggage tag. Attaching the tag and scanning my bag using a handheld scanner isn’t as easy as it sounds, but once the bag has been sent, it’s an easy pass through security.

HEADQUARTERS

The seats are 18 inches (45.7 cm) wide with a pitch of 32 inches (81.2 cm). I paid $30 more for a seat in the exit row, which has generous legroom.

BAGGAGE

Air France’s entry-level fares do not include checked baggage, but I chose a fare that includes 23 kg of baggage plus one carry-on and one personal item, up to a total of 12kg.

ENTERTAINMENT

There are no seat screens on this flight, but Wi-Fi is available for those who can’t stand being disconnected for a few hours. The most basic “Surf Pass” is five euros; for the faster “Stream Pass”, designed for video and music streaming, the cost is 15 euros. The “Message Pass”, which allows you to use messaging apps such as WhatsApp, is free.

SERVICE

The staff offers a warm welcome and efficient service. When a passenger complains that the seatbelt sign is still on halfway through the flight, preventing people from using the lavatory, the attendant goes to speak with the captain, who turns off the sign shortly afterwards .

FOOD

It’s a quick jump rather than a long flight, so it’s no surprise that the snacks are pretty straightforward. The staff arrives just after take-off and offers a cookie and a selection of beverages including coffee, tea, juice and water.

ONE MORE THING

Charles de Gaulle Airport is notorious for flight connection delays – transiting passengers often find themselves sprinting from gate to gate. It is therefore not a big surprise that our departure is delayed by half an hour while waiting for connecting passengers. Our captain keeps us informed of what’s going on and we make up most of the delay during the flight.

VERDICT

No complaints about this well-managed short-haul flight.

OUR SCORE OUT OF FIVE

★★★★

The writer traveled as a guest of Viking Cruises.

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