Travel Alert May 2018: Air France Strikes

A call for labor strikes has been issued by several staff unions of Air France for Thursday, May 3; Friday, May 4; Monday, May 7; and Tuesday, May 8, 2018 — and although Air France is now offering options to rebook your flights at no extra cost no matter which fare you purchased, the possible impacts of this industrial action is still too soon to evaluate.

According to…

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Air France Takes You Out to Dinner? Not Exactly — But the Airfares Look Pretty Good

Fly as a passenger in the economy class cabin aboard an airplane operated by Air France on a flight from the United States to France between Thursday, September 1, 2016 and Monday, October 31, 2016, and you can book your favorite table at one of greater than 2,500 restaurants in France for a dinner paid for by Air France if you book your ticket by the end of the day on Thursday, June 30, 2016 — and the cost of the meal is directly deducted from your bill.

If this offer sounds too good to be true, that is because…

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Last Flight on Air France Boeing 747 Announced

The slow disappearance of the legendary Boeing 747 airplane from the skies continues, as the last official flight aboard this iconic aircraft operated by Air France has been announced.

Appropriately named Air France flight 747, you can be one of the passengers on this special flight — whose origination and destination airport is Charles de Gaulle, which serves the Paris metropolitan area — on Thursday, January 14, 2016 for a fare of…

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Airplane Collision in New York

The Canadair CRJ-700 regional jet operated by Comair for Delta Air Lines was no match for the Airbus 380 operated by Air France, whose wing impacted the tail of the regional jet enough to swerve it sideways.

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Word of the Day: Derecline…

…as in the FA dereclines me.

Apparently, the definition of derecline — a verb — is the action of returning a reclined seat to its original position.

Take the example presented by FlyerTalk member aubreyfromwheaton, who accuses an Air France flight attendant of pushing the button and abruptly dereclining him as he was asking the flight attendant to repeat what she said when he had his headphones on his head while listening to music. Strangely enough, he was the only person dereclined within his immediate vicinity, even though the seats of other passengers were reclined.

At the time this was posted, there still is no explanation as to what prompted the flight attendant to take this course of action, or why…

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Like a Vacuum Cleaner or a Child with a Lollipop…

…apparently, with regard to airlines:

…and, just in case there was any doubt about United Airlines…

One FlyerTalk member asks:

…to which the response is, apparently definitively…

Sometimes, once is not enough, as in the case with the Continental Airlines OnePass frequent flier loyalty program:

The Internet web sites of airlines are apparently not immune either:

Once can suppose the grass is really greener on the other side…
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Air France Flight 447 Tragedy: How It Affected FlyerTalk Members

Unfortunately, it seems lately that whenever there is a tragedy that gets worldwide press coverage, FlyerTalk members are directly affected by it.

As with the Mumbai terrorist attacks that occurred late last year as reported here in The Gate, FlyerTalk members Outbound and Pacha suffered personal losses as a result of AF flight from Rio missing [merged], where FlyerTalk members chronicle the tragedy of Air France flight 447, which was en route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France but disappeared mysteriously while in flight.

Because there is an abundance of discussion in the AF flight from Rio missing [merged] thread, the following are direct links to the content posted by the affected FlyerTalk members:

The Gate offers its sincere condolences to those who were both directly and indirectly affected by the tragic events involving Air France flight 447.

Condolences to Outbound may be offered here.

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Flirting With Disaster?

Apparently “coffee, tea or me” was the order of the day on the flight on which FlyerTalk member josep was a passenger, where josep witnessed the apparent attraction and interaction between an Air France flight attendant and a passenger seated in the premium class section.

If you are flirting with the idea of finding out what happened, as well as what other FlyerTalk members think and have experienced, bat your eyes over to the Flight attendant and passenger flirting thread.

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Major Changes are Coming to the Flying Blue Frequent Flier Program…

…and many FlyerTalk members are not happy about them.

While there are some perceived beneficial changes to the Flying Blue program, the frequent flier program in which Air France and KLM airlines participate, there are other changes which many FlyerTalk members see as deal-breakers and, as a result, some of them are thinking about leaving the Flying Blue frequent flier program for good.

The changes are scheduled to take effect in April 2009.

Find out more details in The new rule book is here! The new rule book is here! thread. Also, due to the changes on 4/1/09: Who is leaving and when?

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