Air France Business Class, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – Barcelona El Prat, Airbus A321 : acceptable catering, excellent service

While the flight is announced with a delay of 25 minutes at the departure, I leave a few minutes before the boarding time.

So I arrive in the 2F2 peninsula as the flight is just starting to board.


As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

1DiaryAutumn weekend in Barcelona
2LoungeAir France Business Lounge, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle 2F
3FlightAir France Business, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – Barcelona El Prat, Airbus A321
4HotelKimpton Barcelona Vividora
5LoungeJoan Miro Lounge, Barcelona T1
6FlightBritish Airways Club Europe (operated par Iberia), Barcelona El Prat – London Heathrow, Airbus A320
Today’s itinerary


The boarding has already started when I arrived at the gate, and I go to the 1/2 Zone line with priorities that will be strictly respected.


I will be greeted at the gate with a smile and after a ten minute wait in the jetway, we will be invited to board.


Cabin and welcome

The cabin is the traditional Smart & Beyond of Air France’s medium-haul routes, with leather seats and red headrests in Business and white and red in Economy.


A curtain separates the two classes.

The welcome at the door is warm and I quickly take the seat 1F in the first row.


During the boarding, I will ask for a glass of water which will be brought to me promptly, accompanied by a cold wrapped oshibori.


Service and catering

The service starts about 10 minutes after the seatbelt sign has been turned off.


The purser will begin by serving me the meal tray, along with a glass of champagne and a glass of sparkling water.


The fish will be very good, as will the quinoa.

The cheese will also be of high quality and will be served with a warm bread roll.

The dessert will be very fresh, and the whole thing is perfectly suited to a fairly short flight like this.

Several refills will be proposed to me, I will finish the meal with a mint tea.

Arrival and disembarkation

We will arrive at the gate about 15 minutes after the scheduled time, and quickly disembark at the Barcelona boarding terminal. My cab will pick me up a few minutes later.


Bottom line

A solid flight, with an acceptable service. On a medium-haul flight, the attitude of the crew really changes everything!

Air France Business, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle - Barcelona El Prat, Airbus A321 : Catering acceptable, excellent service

Cabine : siège
Cabine : propreté
Divertissement en vol
Nourriture : goût
Nourriture : recherche
Nourriture : présentation
Nourriture : choix
Personnel : Service
Personnel : disponibilité, amabilité
Lounges / service et expérience au sol
Rapport Expérience/prix


Un vol solide, avec une prestation acceptable. Sur un vol moyen-courrier, l’attitude de l’équipage change vraiment tout !

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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