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Air France - Edinburgh to New York JFK via Paris

Old 22nd Jul 2010, 16:43
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Air France - Edinburgh to New York JFK via Paris

Hi,

I am travelling in September to New York JFK from Paris (arrive 9:20am from EDI and depart 10:30am from CDG - both Terminal 2E) and have a couple of questions.

Given the short layover time and the fact that the flights arrive/depart from the same terminal, does anyone think this will be a problem? I assume the baggage will be transferred between aircraft in time (I hope!)

The flight out is on an A340-300 in Y class. Any views on the product/service appreciated (seat comfort/in flight service).

The flight back leaves JFK 2330 on a 77W in Y class. Again, any views on the product/service appreciated (seat comfort/in flight service).

3 hour wait for the EDI transfer on the way back. Any suggestions what there is to do in Terminal 2E appreciated! lol

Any input appreciated. First time using Air France. Direct from Glasgow was over £250 more expensive.

Gary.
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 16:55
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Given that the airline gives the timings itself (as opposed to you doing it) then all is OK.

You can get 'layover' times as low as 50 minutes sometimes so 70 minutes should be fine.
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 18:18
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Another nail in the head for Glasgow then.....unreasonable prices for direct flight with CO- pax routing via the mainland of Europe just to quite possibly retrace their "vapour trails" to go across the pond....

Been a while since last at CDG - Can't say that I thought much of iteven though the smell of citanes are long gone..but at least the roof seems to stay intact these days!


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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 19:40
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Whats it got to do with GLA ?
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 19:43
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My daughter flew Air France to Dubai via Paris, and back to Manchester direct with Emirates both in Y class. The aircraft from Paris to Dubai was a B777 as was the Emirates flight back to Manchester. In her opinion the Air France flight was far more comfortable and the food and service much better than Emirates.

However, the Air France B777 she travelled on was the version with 3-3-3 seating configuration and 18" seat width. Other Air France 777's have 3-4-3 configuration in Y class with only 17" seat width.

The Air France A340-300 fleet have 18" seat width in Y class in a 2-4-2 configuration.
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 20:59
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CC - the original poster stated that despite checking GLA fares one was cheaper to go via Europe with the chosen carrier of AF than travelling direct from a more local airport hence GLA losing pax (again).

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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 21:09
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Aer Lingus fly from Edinburgh to Boston, Chicago O'Hare, New York JFK & Orlando all via DUBLIN

The same routes are offered from Glasgow. The journey time would of being shorter than going via Paris CDG.
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 21:11
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AirFrance operate also A380 on CDG-JFK on one daily flight so if you like to try this plane choose this flight, maybe a good reason to try AirFrance
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Old 25th Jul 2010, 07:30
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We flew ABZ-CDG-DXB earlier this year with Air France and I was really quite excited about going to CDG as I had never been to this airport. We had 3 or so hours wait there and have to say I was really disappointed.

Cannot remember which terminal we were in but we were hungry and wanted some hot food. There were only a couple of snack type places and one of the places had things like quiches that they would heat for you. I must say the quiches looked lovely but my, what a price. I think we paid 35 euros for 2 small pieces of quich, some bread and two little bottles of red wine. .

Coming back was as bad, nothing to do no shops etc. Have to say I was really disappointed in CDG.
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Old 25th Jul 2010, 10:07
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You can get 'layover' times as low as 50 minutes sometimes so 70 minutes should be fi

Personally, even if the airline schedule allows, I would always go for 2hours transit at a major airport.
Departures won't wait for a few late pax. Maybe for a large group travelling together.
Your 70mins can soon reduce with a slightly later slot ex EDI and a hold on arrival into CDG.
I'm sure now that I have said this that all will be well, but I prefer the more leisurely transit and a better chance of my bag making it as well.
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Old 25th Jul 2010, 10:52
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I have used CDG twice as a hub airport, both times with very short layover. Each time a minibus was waiting for me at the aircraft and took me round to the departue aircraft. No hassle, off one plane, into departure lounge and onto connecting flight. Bags made it too. Very professional.

On the way home, 3hr wait. 3hrs in CDG is enough for any man to have to endure. Terrible place.
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Old 25th Jul 2010, 13:37
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Admittedly a few years back, but I found a reasonable steak place at CDG. Can't remember if it was between 2B and 2D or 2D and 2F.

If the transfer is AF to AF, you have a good chance. AF to BA cannot be guaranteed, even in 4 hours.....
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Old 26th Jul 2010, 19:48
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My experience in transferring to USA-bound flights at CDG is that this is a very short connection. If your inbound plane arrives on time and you run, you will likely make it -- but it will take at least 45 minutes of huffing and puffing. If any little hiccup occurs (e.g., long lines at security, 15 minute delay in arrival, slow bus from stand, etc.) there is a good chance that you won't make it.

Note that even though you are arriving and departing from 2E, this does not mean that you can walk between gates. 2E has satellites that are only reachable via bus or tram. Furthermore, USA-bound flights are generally served at a satellite separate from all others to allow them to do secondary security screening.

Good luck.
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Old 1st Aug 2010, 13:48
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Be very careful with connections at CDG. Depending on the terminal, they can take a while.

We were travelling Air France to JFK from London via CDG. The connection time was 55 minutes. We were met at the plane by a scissor lift bus which took us to the terminal. It lifted us down from the plane, then lifted us up very slowly to the terminal building. All very stylish and French, but not very practical.

By the time we changed terminals and got to the gate, the scissor lift bus taking passengers out to the plane had already left and the gate was closed. Becuase they were using these busses to take passenger out to the plane, the gate was closed that much earlier.

We had to wait four and a half hours for the next plane. When we got on the plane, the final slap in the face was to be told that we would be delayed 45 minutes departing as we had to wait for connecting passengers.

Apart from all that I found the AF cabin crew to be amongst, not only the rudest and most obnoxious crew I have ever met, but also the rudest and most obnoxious people I have ever met, and I've met some conservative MP's in my time! They seemed resentful at every single request by a passenger.

Sorry AF. Never again.
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Old 1st Aug 2010, 14:19
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CDG was a leading airport when it was completed about 40 years ago. Since then it has been far surpassed by hundreds of others round the world and is possibly the worst of all the major hubs in Europe. It's badly designed, disjointed, impractical, ugly, and staffed by some of the rudest airline staff on earth. It also has the worst and most expensive eating facilities of any major airport and the surliest immigration staff. Despite the fact that AF-AF connections are usually maintained, it's the Achilles Heel of AF and the reason I avoid flying on AF.

AF itself, in the air, is not a bad airline. CC are variable but generally efficient and accommodating, if a little lacking in warmth, and the food is better than a lot of other longhaul carriers.
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Old 4th Aug 2010, 17:46
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AF - CDG

I've used Air France-CDG frequently over the past few years - with round trips ABZ-GIG twice in the past two months.

Originating in ABZ the AF Regional aircraft parks at a remote station and we are bussed to the terminal.

Dependant on where you are going a terminal change is then usually required e.g. 2E to 2F. The connecting bus *always* heads the long way round the circuit! :-)

All of this takes time and any delay in getting to CDG from ABZ can put the connection in jeopardy.

The outbound flight from CDG may also be from a remote parking station so my advice is to allow a *minimum* of 1.5 hours between flights. More is really better....less? - better get that sprint training underway! :-)

I agree that the restaurants are a little limited in 2E/F but the AF Lounge is not too bad and also offers showers which are a great way to freshen up between flights.

Happy landings

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Old 5th Aug 2010, 22:22
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"Apart from all that I found the AF cabin crew to be amongst, not only the rudest and most obnoxious crew I have ever met, but also the rudest and most obnoxious people I have ever met, and I've met some conservative MP's in my time! They seemed resentful at every single request by a passenger."

AF cc may seem a little standoffish, rude and obnoxious at times, but what the heck, they are sexiest by far. Even the not very pretty ones do it for me. O'la la, those tight trousers, (worn by the females of course).AF, Airbourne Fantasy...
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Old 6th Aug 2010, 04:59
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Perhaps the 06.05 KL 1276 to AMS arr 08.35.
Then the 10.25 Delta KL 9081 ?
Schiphol is a doddle.
Bags need 50 minutes.
That ticket this morning for a random September day in economy class is cheaper than via Paris?
On the way back you have a few options but in any event, Schiphol is an easy place to kill a few hours.
Same airline, same miles on your card?
I rather think CDG bids fair for the worst airport in Europe.
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Old 6th Aug 2010, 09:00
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CDG v Schiphol

To me also Schiphol wins hands down. Connections are so much easier.

This nonsense at CDG with bussing to and from aircraft is a pain and has contributed to me missing a number of flight connections.

This is supposed to be a leading airport of Europe but they don't have enough gates for aircraft using the place?

Regards

Jim
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Old 6th Aug 2010, 09:46
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Schiphol was designed to be a single Terminal connecting hub and works really well.
LHR has come back to life with massive investment and has a good experience through T5 if you choose BA and one less Terminal to get lost in at the mo.

CDG has Terminal 1, 3, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F an 2G. CDG is operated by the French. Hmmm
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