June 12, 2018

The Airbus A380 Connects Paris and New York: AirFrance’s Culinary Experience

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Second time onboard the gigantic Airbus A380, seated on the upper deck, I was excited to watch a movie, relax for the next seven hours and most importantly enjoy one of the finest food served onboard a plane. Known for their culinary know-how and class, the French serve tasty food up in the air.

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I’m not impressed by AirFrance’s business class onboard the A380 compared to other carriers like Qatar, Emirates or Korean Air; for the French, the A380 is just for transportation and not an experience like others consider it. I remember spending my time at the bar on my way to Seoul.

I’m in love with the culinary experience though; the choice of wine, the food, and service, all exceptional. I like the maturity and experience of the staff trained to impress while continuously keeping a smile on their faces.

PS: the security video has been changed, re-edited without Music and action, focusing more on the message, not the show.

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On today’s flight, due to a computer problem there will be no distribution of menus, so the waitress stated the items over the passenger announcement: 

  • Asparagus shrimp salad 
  • Veal
  • Chicken with polenta and peas.
  • Asparagus Gnocchi 
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate and caramel cake
  • Fruit salad
  • Ice cream

A glass of Champagne before take-off, another before dinner, Deutz brut classic champagne, is bubbly, fresh and light; a great way to start your meal. With that, a bite of salmon gravlax and crunchy cheese sticks. “Mon Village,” bakes unique biscuits leaving a pleasant salty and cheesy feel in the mouth; accompanied by this glass of champagne, it sets the tone to an exciting lunch.

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Three boiled shrimp in a red acidic sauce, quinoa salad mixed with white cream and a side salad. With that a white wine, tender baguette and “La Conviette” butter. No two kinds of butter are alike... supermarket butter is not butter! Butter is like the one I had today, so creamy and loaded with flavors; a journey spread on a moist bread. Butter is an experience eaten alone, not cooked in a kitchen.

The veal followed; it’s surprisingly yummy for a meal served onboard. Tender veal cooked for long hours served with steamed vegetables and a side of “Edmond Fallot” mustard. It’s a feast, a gourmet feast up at 11,000 meters.

A rectangular chocolate cake made of mousse and feuillantine. Intensely dark chocolate, it caresses every taste bud in style making you want to lick your lips after every bite. A cake not for the faint of heart, a gourmet creation few chefs pâtissiers succeed to prepare. 

I like it when they serve ice cream onboard, pink colored raspberry sorbet, lightly sweet, non-icy but kind of creamy; this ice cream is so good! Wait until you’ve tried the basil and tomato sorbet. A premiere for me, tomato which is considered a fruit gives the sweetness and the basil to add the needed aromas and flavors. It’s so yummy!

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The needed improvements on this A380:

  • Implement the new Best Cabin with cocoon seats and fully reclinable sofas.
  • Add a bar; it’s needed up on the upper deck.
  • Change the entertainment system; it’s not acceptable and too old in 2018.
  • WiFi, all professional companies have internet onboard; it has become a necessity.

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I like the food onboard AirFrance flights leaving from Paris’ CDG airport. Try to avoid the A380; the Boeing 777-300ER has better seats, a bigger screen, and a more enjoyable experience.

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