Details: New York JFK to Paris Charles de Gaulle. Economy. Boeing 757. 7h30m.
Seats: Economy class seats were laid out 3-3 with a pitch of 31 inches, which felt tight for a long flight even for my short 5ft 1in stature. For $16, the upgrade to Main Cabin Extra, which adds up to six inches, may be attractive to taller travelers. Every economy seat had a blanket, pillow and head support, but virtually zero recline.
Entertainment: Monitors showed a map of our progress and for a few hours there were TV shows, but no wi-fi.
Food & drink: Dinner was a choice of pasta — tasty cheese ravioli in tomato sauce — or chicken with carrots and rice, along with a rather bland roll, cheese and a chocolate brownie. Breakfast consisted of a yogurt, banana and chocolate muffin. Food was served with complimentary drinks, while wine and spirits could be purchased.
Service: The cabin crew were pleasant and efficient in busy conditions. The flight was oversold, so about six people happily accepted an $800 voucher, and hotel and meals, in exchange for flying out the next afternoon.
Last word: A punctual flight with decent food and service, despite the very crowded conditions. No major complaints, but no great raves either.
Words By: Geri Bain
PUBLISHED IN THE SUMMER 2014 ISSUE OF ASTAnetwork