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Hello, I'm Cliff Anderson! Why Cliff(y), you ask? Well, a lot of people I've met since primary school till now have always called me Cliffy! Anyway, for every 50 posts I come up with, and every 25,000 pageviews, I'm donating a sum of money to the World Food Programme. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

FRA: Air France [Business, International, Short-Haul]

Delightful canapés onboard the short, but comfy flight~

First of all, Happy Vesak Day! Well, upon hearing that Air France would stop its service between Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia, I decided to take one of its last flights to the capital city of the 4th most populous country in the world. By the way, I actually prefer the previous safety video, which I feel more elegant, to the new chic rendition.


It turned out that the business class cabin was almost empty. Most people must've had dropped off in Singapore from Paris, France. Anyway, feel free to click here for the review of the long-haul economy class that I last took in 2012 if you haven't encountered it before. :)


Welcome Drink

A glass of chilled, crisp champagne for a start, why not? :P


AF Meal

Fruit Appetiser - Taste: 8.5/10

The only one that could be a little bit fresher would be the sliced apple. On the other hand, the pineapple, watermelon, honeydew and orange were pretty sweet and succulent.

Duck Breast Canapé Taste: 8.5/10

That lump of pulled duck breast sitting on top of a square of wholemeal bread might not look that appetising, but it was flavourful and juicy. The fat content was enough to keep the meat moist and tender.

Tomato and Pesto Canapé Taste: 8/10

I wouldn't say that the mini triangular sandwich filled with tomatoes, cheese and pesto sauce was extraordinary, but it was certainly aromatic enough. The tomato slices were juicy and not soggy.

Dried Apricot and Gouda Cheese Brochette Taste: 8.5/10

The skewer might look simple, but the combination of the slightly aged Gouda cheese with its mildly salty aftertaste matched the sweet dried apricots that were a joy to chew.

Chocolate Cake Taste: 8.5/10

For dessert, the cake was chocolatey enough without being too rich. The bottom half spongy layer was airy, while the top half chocolate cream layer was pretty decadent. There was also a tiny gold flake on top of it.

Beverages

Having had enough alcoholic drinks for the month, I decided to go with my favourite ginger ale. On top of that, I requested for a cup of tea, which happened to be of medium strength.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 8.5/10
Ambience: 8.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Overall: 8.5/10

The flight attendants had smiles pencilled on their faces whenever they came to me. The older lady, in particular, was a joy to talk to. Service could certainly have been more personal, but hey, I really am not complaining. Pika's advice: I'm not really sure if the carrier still operates any short-haul flights using Boeing 777-300ER. Do try its long-haul flights. :)


The In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) was responsive, but pretty plain-looking as usual.


No one was sitting behind the row I was seated at.


I was pleasantly surprised that they did hand out a bag of slippers and socks, which I was holding on in the picture above, for such a flight of less than two hours.

Air France

Business Cabin
Boeing 777-300ER


*No separate price given as meals are included in the ticket price.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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