France’s national carrier is Air France, and its Business Class is known as Affaires. But even under the Affaires umbrella, Business Class on Air France is different depending on the flight you’re on.
The Business Class that’s nicer is, of course, on the longer flights. Air France Affaires on long-haul flights offer seats, services, and amenities that are top-notch – while on medium-haul flights it may look like there’s less of a distinction between Business Class and Economy Class.
In this article, we’ll go over the higher level of service in Affaires for long-haul flights – and then at the end of the article you’ll find information about what’s different on the medium-haul flights.
Seat & Bed
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- Seat is almost 20″ wide as a seat, and more than 24″ wide as a bed when the armrests retract
- Seat reclines to almost 6.5′ long as a bed
- Seat reclines to a lie-flat position, but not horizontal to the floor
- Massage function in seats and footrests for comfort
Food & Beverages
- Menu updated every 10 days on flights leaving from Paris
- Menus reflect traditional French cuisine
- Selection of fine wines available, chosen by one of world’s top sommeliers Olivier Poussier
- Personal 10″ video screen with on-demand selection of movies, TV shows, video games, and music channels
- Noise-canceling headphones
- Each seat has a personal telephone
- Power outlet for laptop in each seat
- Pure wool blanket & hypoallergenic feather pillow when you’re ready to sleep
- Complimentary amenity kit including Clarins skincare products
- On flights of 10+ hours, two on-board bar areas mean you can chat and enjoy a drink or light snack away from your seat
On medium-haul flights, Affaires Business Class on Air France has a reserved section at the front of each plane that may look like a more roomy version of coach – but instead of three seats across a row, there are two with a small table between them. The seats themselves are also more spacious than in coach, with more legroom and a steeper degree of reclining.
Meals on medium-haul flights aren’t as relaxed, since the flights aren’t as long, and there’s no on-board bar for hanging out. Tableware on these flights is luxe, however, designed by Phillippe Starck.