Something I’ve learned through my travels is that it is very possible to learn about a country’s culture by travelling that country’s specific airline. Perhaps this is a sentiment that only holds true for my adopted country of France, but for my business trip to the states this past week, I was blown away at the gourmet food that was served on Air France on both legs of my journey. Of course, the typical beverage services were offered so I will not mention the drink carts here, but I think the other stuff is worth at least a mention. Keep in mind that we were travelling ECONOMY class. I can only imagine what business or first would have been like. I hear it’s a full French meal that includes an amuse bouche.
LYS (lyon) — CDG (paris): early morning flight with petit déjeuner
- for breakfast, we were served our choice of a croissant, a pain au chocolat, or pain aux raisins.
- It was served with coffee, hot chocolate, or tea to dip in.
These pastries were not individually wrapped; instead, the flight attendant just offered us a box of pastries and told us to pick out what we wanted. I imagine this means that the pastries were freshly baked because all french people know that you can’t serve croissants that were baked over 24 hours beforehand.
CDG (paris) — BOS (boston): trans Atlantic flight with a déjeuner (lunch).
- we were given a MENU so we would know what we were eating.
- we started with an apératif of champagne
- the salad (entrée)was a coleslaw of cabbages and smoked salmon (saumon fumé)
- main course (plat) was our choice of a creamy chicken pasta or hachis parmentier (beef and mashed potato pie)
- of course, we were served our choice of white or red wine (or both!) and we were offered boxes of little french baguettes
- we also had a slice of camembert cheese also with bread if we so desired
- dessert was a tarte normandie – apple tart à la northeen France style
- we concluded the meal with a digestif, our choice of a poire william or cognac (or both!).
You see that bread and cheese and wine are integral to french culture if that is what they serve on their planes. I can’t wait to see what Air France is going to serve on my return flight from BOS to CDG this Sunday.