Air France Business Class, Airbus A320, Nice – Paris Orly : Business as usual

Continuation and end of my business trip to Nice.

As a reminder, here is the booked itinerary:

1FlightAir France Business, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – Nice, Airbus A319
2HotelAC Hotel Nice
3FlightAir France Business, Nice – Paris Orly, Airbus A320
Today’s itinerary

Ground experience and lounge

I arrive at the airport by Uber from the AC Nice hotel. The driver was very pleasant and his Jaguar very comfortable.

The landside area is virtually deserted. I pass directly through the security checkpoint using the multi-airline Fast Track line… Which spills over into the classic queue. Useless. In any case, only one control line is open. I’ll be airside in about 5 minutes.

The check-in area completely deserted

Terminal 2’s multi airline lounge is located on the mezzanine level of the boarding area. I take the stairs to get there, and wait while the attendant finishes serving drinks to the customers waiting at the buffet.

The main departure lounge is deserted

The lounge is just the right size for a non-hub airport, and provides the social distance needed in these post-COVID times.

The lounge is beautifully sized, and the social distance is respected.
Other spaces seem less convenient

The buffet has a standard selection, but, as at CDG 2F, service is provided by lounge staff.

Various areas for relaxing, well-chosen furniture
Work areas are also available

I’ll work on it for half an hour and then leave for the boarding gate.


This flight to Orly departs from gate A14, and SkyPriority boarding is already over by the time I reach the gate. I use the dedicated queue for priority boarding, and when I use the gate, it beeps and displays the magic message “inconsistent class”, and a little ticket with my new Business class seat comes out! Excellent!

The boarding gate, well before departure
Today’s steed

The boarding pass will also be modified in the application.

Cabin and welcome

The welcome is rather plain and I take my new seat 02D. Boarding was a little chaotic due to a last-minute change of aircraft from A321 to A320, with many passengers complaining about their reseating. The crew will do everything to satisfy them, without wildly upgrading them, which I appreciate.

The pitch is very limited
A welcome gift is distributed to each passenger before takeoff.

A non-rev cabin crew will be particularly annoying when she makes several Business passengers move to get a window… What a flippant attitude!

Service and catering

Service begins a few minutes after the seatbelt sign is switched off.

On the morning flights, there’s very little difference between the Y and the J: only the snack is a little more premium, with these chocolate cakes that turn out to be excellent.

The service is a little weak and the pastries are disappointing.

Arrival and disembarkation

We arrive in Paris on schedule and I’m landside within minutes.

Oh miracle, it’s now possible to make airside connections at Orly!
The Orly 1B security checkpoint IF is particularly deserted
The arrivals area is also deserted

Bottom line

A good, uneventful flight.

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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