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Air France Business Class Review. Short Haul

For intra Europe business class, this is as good as it gets. The food was flavoursome. There was decent champagne, a good wine selection and the crew were friendly.

Air France is an airline that I rate very highly. Their premium products are consistently excellent. See my review of long haul business class, and of their lounge in Paris, CDG. This trip was also very good.

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What I Liked

  • Champagne on Tap
  • Flavoursome food
  • Attentive crew

What could be improved

  • Coffee wasn’t great
  • The seat is the same as economy

The Seat

Within Europe, business class is normally just an economy seat with the middle seat blocked out. Nearly all carriers operate this way. This is great for airlines. They can adjust the size of the business cabin according to demand. The blogosphere and Flyertalk are full of people who complain about this!

My views are more nuanced. Europe is a small continent and has low business class fares. British Airways runs sales with fares starting at $150. US domestic business class often costs $1,000.

For your Euro Business fare, you’ll get lounge access, blocked middle seat, premium meal, champagne and enhanced mileage earning. This is pretty good for $150.

For comparison, China Southern Business has a larger seat. However, the food and drink are terrible. I know what I’d prefer!

On the flight, Air France didn’t offer an amenity kit. There was just a cushion on the seats.

The Food

I loved the food! The same goes for my wife and daughter.

My daughter had a kids meal. She got chicken and potatoes in creamy sauce. Alongside a kit kat, cream cheese, bread and juice. She loved it!

I had beef with butternut squash mash and roast carrots. There was also cake, alongside bread and cheese. The beef was decent, but overcooked - to be expected on a plane. I appreciate that we were given a full 3 course meal. It’s far better than the meals I’ve had on BA! We were given menus too, which is a nice touch.

My wife had a coffee which she didn’t enjoy. She wanted a latte, but got a milky coffee that she found bitter.

We were given a small box of chocolates before landing. It’s a small touch, but I liked it.

I took some photos of the food and the menu. These can be viewed in the slideshow above.

The Drinks

Air France had a large selection of drinks. Champagne, wine, beer and spirits. I had a couple of glasses of champagne. They served Deutz Brut Classic, which retails for about $50. I didn’t like it all that much to be honest.

The crew were proactive with refills, which is always a good thing.


I really enjoyed this flight. It’s one of the best short haul business flights, I’ve taken in Europe. The food was good. The service was attentive and alcohol was free flowing.

I hope you enjoyed my Air France Business Class Review, I can thoroughly recommend them!

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