When you think “jumbo-jet,” what do you see? You most likely envision the Boeing 747, the quintessential large aircraft coined “The Queen of the Skies.” Many are aging and will be going out of service soon, so book your next trip to include a 747 flight before they’re gone!

This is exactly what I did. I chose to take an 11 hour layover in Paris just to fly on the 747 for the first time, vs. hopping on an immediate connection directly back to the United States on something more standard like a 777. And… it was TOTALLY worth it!

At The CDG Gate

At The CDG Gate

Air France Flight 688 Information:

  • Flight: Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL)
  • Flight Time: 9 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Aircraft: Air France Boeing 747-400 (F-GITH)
  • Seat: 14A (Economy, Window, Exit-Row)

What better way to end an amazing Middle Eastern trip than to fly on the 747 for the first time?!

I was seated in 14A, the very first seat in economy, which happens to be the first seat once you enter the AF 747 door. Originally, I was hoping to sit in seat 15A, but discovered that is was reserved for FlyingBlue members only. Normally exit row seats are reserved for premium passengers, but I lucked out. They have seat 14A available for anyone because the exit door juts our into legroom (I hardly noticed it I might add). Check out how much leg room I had!

Not Bad Legroom!

Not Bad Legroom!

One major downside to seat 14A was the window. My window, being the first window from the door, was severely scratched up from the jetbridge hitting the plane. Luckily, I managed to find a way around this by leaning back and using the window off my shoulder. It was one of those windows that is in a no-man’s land between two rows. Here is my window vs. the much better window just behind me:

As we began taxiing, a storm front came through which made everything interesting. Check out this takeoff video and you’ll see what I mean:

The first meal that was served wasn’t bad. I chose chicken with rice, gravy, and some bread. The chocolate mousse that came with it was great too!

Since I was seated on an exit row, I got to enjoy getting up to move around the cabin a lot during the flight. It was nice not having to fight seat neighbors to get out of the row! I probably got up around 6 times during the flight. I even visited the Upper Deck which was pretty cool! Check out cabin photos in the gallery below:

As we passed over Nova Scotia on our way back to the United States, a second meal was served, this time a pizza hot pocket thing. It turned out to be pretty good. The cabin crew even followed it up with serving ice cream!

Our 2nd Meal - A Pizza Pocket

Our 2nd Meal – A Pizza Pocket

We flew down the East Coast and over Washington DC, overflying Dulles International Airport (IAD), which was my final destination for the day. It was weird thinking that I would be down there in a few short hours.

Flying Over Washington Dulles (IAD)

Flying Over Washington Dulles (IAD)

We also flew over Charlottesville Virginia, a town I know very well. In fact, that was one of the places I flew to on my long, solo cross country flight. Here is a photo of the CHO airport from the air:

Flying Over CHO

Flying Over CHO

Here are some screenshots from our route:

As we descended into Atlanta, we were greeted with an incredible rainbow right off the wing.

Rainbow While Descending Into Atlanta

Rainbow While Descending Into Atlanta

Here is the video of our landing in Atlanta:

Finally back in the United States!

Thanks for reading and watching,
-Swayne Martin
Twitter: @MartinsAviation

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Swayne Martin

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2 Responses

  1. Karlene

    Swayne, I am so sorry for the delay in response. Another fabulous post! My delay is only due to super busy. But always keep tabs on you. 🙂


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