Friday, 14 December 2018

Air France unveils new dining area for New York JFK lounge....its not a wine up!

Air France is unveiling a completely renovated dining area in its New York-JFK lounge. Business customers can thus enjoy the Night Service offer in a brand new setting, with a more convivial and contemporary feel.

As from February 2019, this Air France lounge will also introduce a range of new attentions dedicated to its customers’ well-being.

Located in terminal 1 at the New York airport, the Air France lounge is accessible to La Première, Business and Flying Blue Platinum and Gold members.

A new dining experience

After inaugurating its lounge for the first time in 2014, the company continues to offer its customers the best possible service, revamping its dining area dominated by white and wood tones.

In this area located on the mezzanine, new furniture and imitation leather couches, inspired by a Parisian brasserie, have been custom designed to offer a convivial atmosphere. Blue and grey tones along with atmospheric lighting have been added to create a more intimate atmosphere. The mezzanine floor has also been redesigned, incorporating light and anthracite grey shades. In total, the area is equipped with close to 34 tables for 2, a high table with 6 seats for dining opposite the runways and a round table seating 6.

Night Service – dine in the lounge and sleep on board

This new dining area has been designed to offer customers the Night Service. This service anticipates Business customers’ need to enjoy a good night’s sleep on night flights between New York and Paris. They can thus enjoy at no extra charge the same gourmet French meal in the airport lounge as the one served on board, with their meal served at their table. Each customer can thus enjoy a full meal comprising a starter, hot dish, cheese, dessert and a wine and Champagnes list.

During the flight, customers can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the comfort of the Business class cabin. A quiet, private cabin, with a guarantee of a peaceful night’s sleep in a seat that transforms into a lie-flat bed.  Customers with a very healthy appetite can choose to eat again during the flight. 

When they awake, when the French coast looms on the horizon, breakfast is served before landing at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Since the launch of the Night Service in 2016, close to 50% of customers travelling in Business class on night flights dine in the lounge.

Flights (in local time) qualified for the Night Service offer -

AF009: leaves New York – JFK at 22:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 12:00 
the next day;
AF011: leaves New York – JFK at 21:30, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:50 
the next day.
Flights operated daily.   

It is not a wine up.....

Elsewhere, staying the Air France lounges, Paolo Basso, voted world’s best sommelier in 2013, was present to meet Air France customers during an exceptional wine tasting in the brand new Business lounge in hall M at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. He invited them to discover the wine list specially selected for Business class passengers, on all flights throughout the company’s network. The renowned wine consultant answered all our customers’ questions about the wines chosen, and the best wines to accompany the dishes on board. He also explained the specific constraints linked to tasting these wines during the flight.

This event has allowed Air France customers to enjoy a privileged experience, the chance to discover a wine list of singular quality and a journey through the regions of France and its prestigious domains.

A wine and Champagne list distinguished with seven awards in 2018

In 2018, at the Business Traveller Cellars in The Sky Awards, Air France received numerous awards for the exceptional quality of the wines and Champagnes served on board its La Première and Business cabins -

Two Gold medals: First Class Champagne and First Class dessert white wine categories.
Four Silver medals: First and Business Class overall cellar, First Class white wine, First Class overall cellar and Business Champagne categories.

A bronze medal: First Class red wine category.
The outstanding number of awards scooped up by Air France, in competition with 31 other airlines, is a mark of recognition for the high level of care and effort invested to offer one of the best wines and spirits cellars in the sky. These awards also illustrate Air France’s successful partnership with Paolo Basso, voted world’s best sommelier in 2013, who has been signing the wines and Champagnes list throughout the company’s network since 2014, in cooperation with Thierry Desseauve and Michel Bettane, in charge of the group of Bettane-Desseauve experts.

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