Flying the Romantic Run to Paris
we are on an American Airlines flight out of JFK non-stop to Paris, legs
stretched out before us, drinking California champagne. Not only is
there plenty of room between our seats and the ones in front, there’s
elbow space as well, enough for one of us to set up his laptop and work
without poking the other in the ribs. What’s more, a mini screen is
affixed to the back of every seat, and there’s a choice of first run
movies to while away the hours as we cross the Atlantic.
gives? We know we passed through First and Business Class when we got on
board. We had even remarked on the extensive space between rows where
the seating pitch seemed to be a full five feet. “This is Coach,
isn’t it?” we ask the two charming and unharried flight attendants.
One is from Tennessee, the other from northern California. Both smile at
the sight of contented passengers.
what you get on American’s evening flight to Paris,” the Californian
American Airlines has removed thousands of Coach seats making for much
greater comfort,” says the woman from Tennessee, “and increased
overhead storage space is in the works.” We made a mental note to keep
this last fact in mind for future journeys. But meanwhile, we settled
back and enjoyed the New York to Paris run.
||There’s always been a romance to the New York -- Paris
flights, from one of the world’s great cities to another.
American Airlines, strictly an intra-American airline for many
years, didn’t begin that run until 1988. Today it flies twice
daily from Kennedy to Charles de Gaulle Airport and back again.
We returned on the early evening flight which was a particular
delight as it gave us a whole extra day in Paris.
began flying in and out of Charles De Gaulle Airport in 2000 having
previously used Paris’ Orly Airport. Its terminal are brand new, and
both the Coach and Admiral Club departure lounges are gleaming,
futuristic areas that take the fatigue and discomfort out of waiting.
The CDG Admirable Club shares space with business and first class
passengers from Iberia, Cathay, Aer Linguis, and Finnair – all part of
the One World Alliance.
||This truly superior lounge in terms of food, beverages, and
comfortable seating areas is also a miniature photo gallery that
filled the waiting time with mesmerizing images. All were of the
Eiffel Tower but from a great range of perspectives. In some,
this Parisian landmark was just a dot in the distance. In
others, it dominated the scene. After visiting so many art
collections in Paris, this small but unique photograph
a perfect conclusion to a memorable trip.
is an arrivals lounge for American Airline business and first class
passengers as well where people can shower, change clothes, avail
themselves of pressing service, and have breakfast before moving on to
their hotels. Imagine, arriving refreshed after a transcontinental
flight. Something we’ll plan for the next time we fly from New York to
Paris on American Airlines.
(Photos by Harvey
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About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional
scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in
America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.
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