Air France Economy, Madrid – Paris

Back from this splendid weekend in Madrid, still on Air France.


24 hours before departure, we check-in for Paris.

Being on separate tickets and with different flexibility requirements, we couldn’t check-in together and chose seats 07D and 07F, hoping no one would choose 07E.

Ground and lounge experience

We arrive at the airport 2 hours before the departure and proceed to the check-in of our luggage, and continue to the security control.

The priority lane is completely empty and we are airside in less than 2 minutes.

We go to the Puerta del Sol lounge located on the mezzanine and welcoming Air France passengers.

Very good lounge with a rather decent buffet and a rather impressive choice of wines.


The boarding starts with 10 minutes delay.

The priorities are well respected, but the boarding is, as usual, chaotic: more than 40 minutes to board a medium-haul aircraft!

I notice during the boarding that a Non-rev is upgraded at the gate… It starts well!


Once the cruise begins and before the economy class service starts, I notice that the purser is bringin glasses of champagne into the cabin without offering it to me.

The service starts quickly and I am served a sandwich and a Perrier. I notice again that the flight attendants make absolutely no effort to communicate to the non-French speaking clientele and I get upset about this without any reaction. Unacceptable!


We arrive with 5 minutes of delay on the planned schedule, nothing serious. Note the excellent announcements of the captain.

Bottom line

A very mediocre flight, at a very high price.

The routing :

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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