Review: Air France Business Class 777

Review Air France Business Class 777

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This Air France Business Class Review on a 777-300ER is thanks to my husband's organizing a surprise trip for us to Paris, our very first trip without our son, made possible by close friends who looked after him.

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Air France 777-300ER Business Class Cabin and Seat Selection

Air France has several 777-300ER layouts; ours was a 4 cabin plane, with 58 business class seats in two business class cabins. The forward small cabin is rows 3-6, while we were in the main business class cabin, which is rows 9-20. The seats are in a 1-2-1 configuration, where every seat has direct aisle access. The window seats, A and L, are ideal for solo travelers, while couples who don't need a window will prefer E and F. We were in 15E and 15F.

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Here's our Air France 777 Business Class YouTube Video Review:

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Air France Business Class Seat and Bed Quality

The Air France Business Class seat is from Safran (which acquired Zodiac Aerospace in 2018), so it will be familiar to anyone who's flown Cathay Pacific Business Class, EVA Business Class, and similar business class products. With the exception of JAL Sky Suite Business Class window seats, this is the type of business class seat I most prefer, even more so than Qatar Qsuites Business Class, which, while very private, has a cramped footwell area due to the way the tray table is stowed.

The seat is 21.5 inches wide, and on each seat was a blanket and pillow.

Review: Air France Business Class, 777-300ER

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There's a small storage cabinet at shoulder height that contains the headphones, room for small items such as a phone or tablet, and even a mirror on the inside of the door–a nice touch that is surprisingly rare in business class.

Air France Business Class Review: Headphones

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The power outlet isn't as conveniently placed as on Cathay Pacific or EVA; it's by the magazine rack, below knee level. I did like that there was already Evian bottled water stowed there, however.

Power Outlet and Bottled Water, Air France Business Class Review
Evian Bottled Water, Air France Business Class Review

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The footrest connects with the reclined seat to form the flat bed. Except for takeoff and landing, the area below it can be used to store shoes or a small bag.

Footrest, Air France Business Class Review

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When fully reclined into a flat bed, it's quite long–nearly 79 inches (200 cm), which made it a good choice for my husband, who is 6'5.”

Air France Business Class Review: Flat Bed
Air France 777 Business Class Review: Flat Bed

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Air France Business Class Menus and Dining

Here's the menu for our flight:

Air France Business Class Menu, NYC to Paris
Air France Business Class Breakfast Menu, NYC to Paris

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We'd already dined in the Air France Lounge at JFK, where my husband had been served a terrible mushroom risotto, but I'd enjoyed a delicious main of shrimp with basil mozzarella flan:

Air France Business Class Review-Pre-Flight Dining
Air France Business Class Review-Pre-Flight Dining

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The Verdict

While we were on an overnight flight, which from the East Coast to Europe makes for a short night and not enough sleep, I liked the Air France Business Class seat, which is from Safran (which acquired Zodiac). These are similar to the seats in Cathay Pacific Business Class and EVA Business Class, and I prefer them to the staggered seats in SWISS Business Class, Brussels Business Class, etc. While not as private, as, say, Qatar Qsuites Business Class, there's more space in the footwell, which I value more than the closing suite door, as it means I'm not constantly knocking my feet or legs against a tray table or the walls of the footwell.

The flight itself encountered a fair amount of turbulence, but absent that, I would have slept quite well.

We focused on maximizing sleep, so we didn't have the dinner on board, but the Air France Lounge serves a pre-flight dinner that offers the same appetizer and main courses that are served on board.

Pre-flight service was slowed somewhat by the full flight, but was pleasant and helpful.

If you've flown Air France Business Class recently, what was your experience?

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