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First Class on Air France

first_airfrance2If I tell you that First Class on Air France isn’t called First Class, you might be surprised – until you hear that it’s called “La Première.” Then it all makes sense, right? France’s national airline gives French names to all its cabin classes, and although there are four classes above Economy (or “Voyageur,” as they call it), it’s La Première that’s the top of the heap.

With only 4-9 seats in La Première class (depending on the plane), you can bet that Air France‘s attention to detail is superb. As they say, the cabin is more likely to feel like a “private lounge” than a cabin on an airplane. Unfortunately, Air France’s La Première First Class is only available on certain Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 777-200ER planes – and what’s more, what’s known as “La Première at the airport” is only available at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. At CDG, you can take advantage of the services of a porter to help you with your bags and take you to the La Première lounge. In the lounge you can enjoy a leisurely meal in the dining room, catch up on some work with the comfortable desks and chairs, or even get a free 30-minute spa treatment. At other airports, you’ll still get preferential treatment with things like priority boarding, but it’s nothing like getting a free half-hour massage.

This is a breakdown of what you can expect in a La Première First Class cabin on Air France.

Seat & Bed

  • Seats are angled so everyone has easy access to an aisle
  • Seats recline into beds that are more than 6′ long
  • A specially-designed mattress fits over the seat so it’s cushioned properly for sleeping
  • Spacious bench facing your seat so you can invite other passengers for a chat or drink
  • Electronically-controlled massage feature in each seat
  • Hypoallergenic feather pillow, Venetian-style cottom sham, pure merino wool blanket

Food & Beverages

  • Menu created by top chefs at famous restaurants in France
  • Meals, snacks, and beverages tailored to the season and the particular route
  • Selection of fine wines, liqueurs, and champagnes available
  • A la carte dining means you eat what you want, when you want


  • Each seat has a personal interactive video screen with on-demand movies, TV shows, video games
  • Power port in each seat for laptop or other electronics
  • An audio selection of playlists

Other Amenities

  • Complimentary amenity bag with Clarins cosmetics and toiletries
  • Available amenities include slippers, a shoe bag, and “lounge wear” for sleeping
  • Individual telephone at each seat

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