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Spectacular new gourmet dishes in Air France lounges at Paris Charles de Gaulle

Air France is offering new culinary delights in its lounges at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

The Ducasse Paris teams have developed new dishes to be enjoyed in the long-haul lounges in terminal 2E. For the short and medium-haul lounge in Terminal 2F, Servair corporate chef François Adamski, Bocuse d’Or and Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), has teamed up with the young and talented chef Chloé Charles to create gourmet dishes with a summer flavour.

Ducasse Paris in the long-haul lounges

In the long-haul lounges at Paris-Charles de Gaulle located in terminal 2E, halls K, L and M, customers can now enjoy the new “Burgal” signed by Ducasse Paris, a fully veggie and healthy alternative to the traditional hamburger made from locally produced French cereals and vegetables. It is composed of a vegan brioche bun, a vegetable and legume patty, a spicy vegan mayonnaise with pickles and an aubergine caviar condiment, and the recipe is compatible with all dietary needs.

Ducasse Paris also offers a salad and a signature condiment featuring unrefined produce and seasonings with no added fat or sugar. For dessert, a chocolate praline finger from the Manufacture Ducasse is offered, prepared exclusively for the company’s customers.

Ducasse Paris burgal
Ducasse Paris dessert

François Adamski and Chloé Charles in the short and medium-haul lounge at terminal 2F

In the short and medium-haul lounge in terminal 2F, Air France has teamed up with Servair corporate chef François Adamski, an undisputed emblematic name in French cuisine (winner of the Bocuse d’or and Meilleur Ouvrier de France), and the young and talented chef Chloé Charles at the forefront of responsible catering. Through this alliance, Air France is both illustrating its determination to take inspiration from the very roots of French haute cuisine, which it has supported since the company’s beginnings, and its ambition to promote the promising young talent behind today’s inventive cuisine with a view to transferring and sharing know-how. The two chefs are presenting new hot dishes, including a vegetarian offer, which will be unveiled progressively over the coming months for lunch or dinner.

Chloé Charles (left) and François Adamski

On the menu in September 2022 –

  • Smoked shrimp, tangy sauce and seasonal vegetables by François Adamski;
  • Shoulder of lamb with spices, reduced juice, semolina with candied vegetables by François Adamski;
  • Camargue rice sautéed and flavoured with West Indian spices and spring vegetable brunoise by Chloé Charles.

Before a flight or while waiting for a connecting flight, Air France welcomes its Business and Flying Blue Elite Plus customers in spacious and quiet lounges where they can relax and rest, eat or work in peace. In these privileged spaces, gastronomy is in the spotlight with a rich and varied catering offer, highlighting French cuisine. The culinary offer available in the lounges changes throughout the day.

In the spirit of French bistros, a large choice of hot and cold dishes is available at all times, with cocktails, simmered casseroles, pancakes for breakfast, etc.

Special culinary events are regularly organised.

A wine and champagne list presented by Paolo Basso, world’s best sommelier in 2013, is also available in the lounges.

A more responsible catering offer

Since 1 June, 2022 in its lounges at Paris-Charles de Gaulle – and by the end of 2022 on all its flights departing from Paris – Air France has committed to offering 100% French meat, dairy products and eggs, bread and pastries, as well as fish from sustainable fisheries. The airline offers a selection of fresh, local and seasonal products. A vegetarian offer is also available.

The company is also committed to recycling and eliminating 90% of single-use plastic on board its aircraft by early 2023. It also pays particular attention to the selective sorting and recycling of catering items. In accordance with French regulations, it also provides its customers with water fountains in its lounges to limit the consumption of single-use plastic.


Air France to introduce new La Première cabin

Air France has announced it is working on the design of a completely new La Première cabin.

The airline states this ‘confirms the airline’s commitment to continue to offer its most exclusive and elegant service, regularly rewarded for its quality and excellence’.

Now in the design phase, the new concept will be unveiled during the 2023/2024 winter season.

The future cabin will be the longest on the market and will offer up to three modular configurations that can be fully privatized for an even more exceptional journey: a seat, a sofa and a fully flat bed.

The new cabin will equip a larger number of aircraft than at present.

Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM said

La Première represents the highest level of French excellence and is an intrinsic part of Air France’s DNA. Even at the height of the Covid crisis, we could see the attractiveness of such an offer for our customers, particularly on the North Atlantic route, where load factors in the La Première cabin are currently higher than they were back in 2019. We look forward to unveiling this new cabin, which is set to meet the highest global standards.

The large-scale project is part of Air France’s strategy to ‘move upmarket’, which also covers fleet renewal, lounge renovation and the development of a more sustainable catering offer, signed by Michelin-starred chefs in the airline’s Business and La Première cabins. 

Introduced in 2014, Air France’s La Première suites are currently available on board select Boeing 777-300s serving top destinations in North America, South America, Africa and the Middle East.

The introduction of the new La Première cabin comes just days after Air France announced its new long-haul Business seat. The airline’s completely redesigned iconic seat features even more enveloping curves and extra comfort.

New Business seat: Rolled out on 12 Boeing 777-300s from September 2022, each aircraft will be equipped with 48 seats in Business class

This seat’s design is based on ‘the three Fs’

  • Full Flat, meaning that the seat transforms into a real bed almost two metres long,
  • Full Access, providing all passengers direct access to the aisle,
  • Full Privacy, ensuring optimal privacy.

A new sliding door allows passengers to create a totally private space, out of sight from the other passengers in the cabin. To create a greater sense of privacy for passengers travelling together, the seats located in the centre of the cabin are now equipped with a central panel that can be lowered by pressing it down, creating a convivial space in which to make the most of the flight together.

The seat also features a wide 17.3-inch 4K High-Definition anti-glare screen with a noise-reducing headset, a new Bluetooth connection allowing passengers to use their own headphones and several electric sockets.

As passengers board the aircraft, they are greeted by a backlit winged seahorse, ’embodying the company’s founding myth and rich history’.

The seat’s padding adds softness and a feeling of cosiness. Wool, brushed aluminium, full-grain French leather are the ‘noble, soft and natural materials’ chosen by Air France for the manufacture of its seats. Each seat is also embroidered with the company’s trademark red accent.


Air France-KLM and IndiGo codeshare takes off

Air France-KLM and IndiGo, India’s leading carrier, have implemented the extensive codeshare agreement announced in December 2021.

IndiGo: Air France and KLM customers now have access to 30 destinations in India

With this partnership, Air France and KLM will ultimately offer their customers access to 30 new Indian destinations and a large number of round-trip combinations for both business and leisure purposes.

Customers will be able to fly to the destination of their choice with one single booking. Flying Blue members will also be able to earn miles on all routes covered by this agreement.

On departure from their respective hubs in Paris and Amsterdam, Air France and KLM already serve four destinations in India: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.

On departure from the multiple points in India, Air France and KLM will open up their global network of over 300 destinations to IndiGo customers, with more than 120 destinations in Europe and about 50 in the Americas.

Henri de Peyrelongue, EVP Commercial Sales Air France-KLM said:

We are very proud at Air France-KLM to be the first major European airline group to initiate cooperation with IndiGo. This codeshare agreement will allow us to increase our local footprint and to improve connectivity between India – one of the fastest growing markets – and the rest of the world, via our Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs. For our customers this means an enhanced network with as many as 30 new destinations in India, as well as increased roundtrip possibilities for both business and leisure travel.

Sanjay Kumar, Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer, IndiGo said,

We are pleased to commence the partnership with one of the strongest European airline groups, Air France-KLM. This codeshare is in line with our mission to provide air connectivity and affordable fares across India and to international destinations. As this summer sees a huge interest in international travel after a hiatus of two years, the codeshare will extend our on-time, affordable, courteous and hassle-free travel experience across 30 incredible Indian destinations to Air France-KLM customers.

Codeshare flights are now available to book through Global Travel Management.

A new Air France La Première comfort kit

Air France is offering a new comfort kit to each of its La Première customers.

Inspired by a writing set, this elegant and timeless gift box is available in two colours that are characteristic of this prestigious travel suite – Air France red and pearl grey. The topstitching and embossed winged seahorse emblem, the company’s historic symbol, are a discreet nod to the designer codes of the La Première suites.

To create this kit, Air France has teamed up with the French beauty brand Sisley, already present in the company’s La Première lounge, to offer guests a genuine moment of well-being during the flight. Intended as a customised and tailor-made offer for guests, the kit encloses a range of five products carefully selected by the pioneering phyto-cosmetology company to offer a choice of two beauty care rituals –

  • an anti-age replenishing beauty care ritual;
  • an anti-age moisturising beauty care ritual.

The kit contains the following beauty products (sample size) –

  • A black rose cream mask;
  • A hydrating booster serum;
  • An anti-age hydration booster moisturising serum;
  • A black rose water balm;
  • An All day, All year anti-age day cream.

This kit also containing a La Première pen, a wooden comb, earplugs and a night mask can be taken home after the flight.


Air France-KLM launches “Flying Blue Family”

Flying Blue, the Air France-KLM Group’s frequent flyer programme, has launched “Flying Blue Family”.

With this new online free of charge service, any Flying Blue member over 18 years old can now create a “Flying Blue Family” and invite up to 7 other members.

The leader of the Flying Blue Family can transfer Miles from the other members’ accounts to his or her own at any time.

Miles shared in this way provide faster access to the programme’s rewards and offers, so everyone benefits!

“Flying Blue Family” can group up to 8 relatives, with a maximum of 2 adults and 6 children. This service is now available on members’ online profiles on the Air France and KLM websites..

A film directed by Ugo Mangin humorously depicts the members of a family having trouble agreeing on their next destination. When you share your Miles with your family, you have to agree on your dream destination. Shot in slow motion, this 60-second film by the agency Isobar highlights the difficult choice family members may face.

Flying Blue Family

To spend even more time together, Flying Blue also offers additional benefits dedicated to kids and teens. The frequent flyer programme offers a 25% discount on award tickets for children aged 2 to 11, travelling with an adult.

In addition, Miles do not expire for members under 18. And Flying Blue allows its members on parental leave to extend their current status.

Flying Blue is the Air France-KLM Group’s frequent flyer programme. Created in 2005, it now has 17 million members worldwide, who have access to a multitude of awards and benefits, and can earn and spend miles with a wide selection of airline, retail and financial partners.

Air France releases details of Michelin-starred chefs’ menus

Air France continues to promote French dining throughout the world.

The airline is to team up with two Michelin-starred chefs to enhance the menus on its long-haul La Première and Business services.

The chefs have created what the airline describe as ‘refined dishes’ for Air France passengers from Paris, including vegetarian, fish, poultry and meat courses.

La Première

Three Michelin-starred chef Régis Marcon

Three Michelin-starred chef Régis Marcon is president of the Servair Culinary Studio, the group of culinary ambassadors who meet to reflect the evolution of culinary technologies, explore new trends, identify innovative products and meet the specific needs of customers of Servair, the leading French airline catering company.

Marcon has created six new, seasonal dishes.

  • Vegetable lasagna, with tangy chive cream;
  • Braised veal shank, sage sauce, potato gratin with porcini mushrooms;
  • Beef tenderloin in red wine, sautéed potato and morel cake;
  • Pike and shrimp cake with lobster sauce,  sautéed girolle mushrooms with tarragon, spinach;
  • Mixed scallops and scampi with truffles, reduced jus and julienne vegetables;
  • Confit pigeon, apricot sauce, lemon bulgur, mushrooms and butternut.

Business

Two Michelin-starred chef Matthieu Viannay was the winner of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France award in 2004 and has restaurants in France and Japan.

In the Business cabin, Air France has entrusted its menu to two Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Viannay.

There are eight original dishes combining delicate flavours and local produce.

  • Penne pasta, arugula and spinach gratin, ricotta cream with lovage
  • Risotto verde, vegetable Bolognese
  • Beef tenderloin, macaire potato patties, roasted beet and smoked meat juices
  • Poultry fillet with morel mushrooms, spelt and butternut squash risotto
  • Poached cod fillet with baby vegetables and taggiasca olives
  • Pike perch fillet, armorican sauce, yellow carrots and herb semolina
  • Braised veal shank with sweet spices, split pea puree, mange tout and hazelnuts
  • Roasted guineafowl in coffee, celery confit and stewed autumn vegetables.
The Business Class menus created by Mathieu Viannay include a fillet of poultry, served with morel mushrooms on a spelt and butternut squash risotto (left); roasted guineafowl, with a coffee jus, celery confit and ‘autumn vegetables’ (centre); and cod fillet, poached, and served with baby vegetables and Italian, purple taggiasta olives (right).

The menus will be available on long-haul flights from Paris from November 2021 to February 2022.


One strike ends, another begins…again!

First the good news: Air France’s main pilots’ union has announced the end of a crippling two-week strike, held over the airline’s plans for a low-cost subsidiary.

The SNPL’s spokesman told AFP that pilots were ending their protest – which has cost Air France more than 200 million euros ($A270.49 million) – so that negotiations over its low-cost subsidiary, Transavia, can go ahead “in a calmer climate”.

The pilots are fighting for a “single contract” across Air France-KLM, and its subsidiaries, to avoid being forced to accept less attractive working conditions at Transavia, which serves holiday destinations across Europe and the Mediterranean.

Now the less good news: pilots with Germany’s flag carrier, Lufthansa, will stage yet another strike, this time affecting long-haul flights tomorrow, Tuesday 30th September; their latest walkout in the ongoing dispute with the company’s management over early retirement provisions.

The pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit, called on its members to strike on long-haul flights departing from Frankfurt between 0600 and 2100 tomorrow. The strike would affect services on Airbus A380, A330 and A340 and Boeing 747 aircraft, the union said.

This is the fourth time that Lufthansa’s pilots have ‘downed tools’ in recent weeks. The first strike at the end of August hit Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Germanwings. The second walkout a week later affected domestic and regional services, landing at or taking off from Frankfurt, and the third stoppage targeted Munich airport, Germany’s second-busiest air hub.

Lufthansa pilots can currently take paid early retirement from the age of 55. They are fighting a plan by the airline to raise the minimum age and to involve pilots in the financing of their pensions.

Air France Pilot’s Strike Continues.

Air France’s pilots have voted to continue their industrial action yet again, the strike will now run until 30 September.

A commercial policy is in place to assist passengers whose flight’s have been affected and does permit re-booking and refunds.

We (GTM) will monitor all of our customer’s flights and advise them the moment we receive an update from Air France.

Air France Pilots’ Strike Continues…

The union representing Air France’s pilots has said that they may now continue their strike into a second week. The head of the SNPL union said today that the result of the latest ballot will be known this Saturday.

In light of the continued uncertainty surrounding the strike, and if you are flying with Air France, please remember to check in online; if there are any updates we (GTM) will also notify you of any changes immediately.

Air France & Lufthansa Strikes.

Unfortunately there are two planned strikes taking place this week, please see the details below.

Firstly, Air France has said that it has been forced to scrap more than half of its scheduled flights starting today, Monday 15th September, for one week. Its pilots are striking over the French flag carrier’s plans to develop its own low-cost subsidiary airline.

Lufthansa’s pilots are also out on strike again tomorrow (Tuesday 16th September), this time the dispute is over their pension and an early retirements scheme.

We (Global Travel Management) are constantly checking all of our bookings for affected flights, and will be in contact if you are on a cancelled service, however, please also feel free to contact us if you have any immediate concerns. Please also remember to check in for your flight online so that the airline can also contact you in the event of any last minute delays/cancellations.