Review : Air France Economy – Paris-Orly – Lyon, Fokker F100 (operated by AviantAir)

When I was invited to a wedding near Lyon, I chose to book a flight, for almost 3 times less than the train on this ultra-profitable line for the SNCF.


Curiously, while it is possible on all other flights, the choice of seats at the time of booking is not possible for domestic flights on Air France.

Nevertheless, thanks to my Club 2000 status and my partner’s Platinum status, we are placed in 01A/C in what should be a CRJ1000 of HOP! At the time of online check-in.

Ground experience

The flight was scheduled to depart from Orly’s Terminal 3, in the brand new, connecting building between ex-Orly West and ex-Orly South.

The new Orly 3 is very pleasant

This means, incidentally, no access to the lounge for Schengen flights, as the lounge (temporary at the time of flight) is only in the international zone.

The path between the taxi rank and Terminal 3 clearly needs to be improved
The spaces are very pleasant in the check-in area

Passing through security is very easy, however, as the priority lane works perfectly.

Air France’s signage deserves to be more accurate in a brand new terminal
The Priority security check was empty that evening

However, I deplore the erratic signage, especially in the former Orly West, where it is rather difficult to find your way between the terminal, check-in and boarding areas.

The large boarding areas are very pleasant
Orly 3 means twin-aisle aircraft, like this Air France 777-300ER leaving for overseas


Priority boarding will be strictly respected by the ground staff. Because of the CRJ1000, it will be a bus boarding and our cabin luggage is tagged.

Our boarding gate before the start of the latter

So we boarded the bus via a steep staircase that would take us to the aircraft, and in which we waited for a good fifteen minutes until it was full.

The infamous bus before it’s full

Cabin and reception

Stunned, I discovered that the aircraft would not be a HOP! CRJ1000. But a Fokker F100 from Aviantair and I’m upset.

Big surprise with this Fokker 100!
We can’t say that we lack legroom in bulkhead

Not that I don’t like this plane or have any doubts about the safety of the airline, but I don’t think it’s right that I wasn’t warned at any time. The boarding pass indicated that the flight was operated by HOP!

Row 1 is full

However, the welcome is courteous. I inquire about the change of aircraft, and I am told that this was planned a long time ago… I doubt it!

The pitch is nevertheless royal

Service and catering

The service is the classic Air France domestic service, with a full bar and a choice between sweet and savoury snacks.

On-board documentation with the requested glass of water

Arrival and disembarkation

We arrive at the U gates in Lyon, reserved for regional aircraft. But it’s still much better than having a bus…

Bottom line

Not a bad experience, but it’s always worrying to have an airline substitution operating at the last minute.

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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