I flew Air France from New Delhi to Oslo via Paris where I had a layover of almost 3 hours. After a cup of Illy coffee at Charles De Gaulle airport and ideally watching people get macarons from Laduree, I headed to check the boarding gate number for my flight which was announced just a little before the flight was scheduled for departure. Air France flies the Embraer 190 between Paris and Oslo. It is a small plane with twin jet engines carrying 80-124 passengers commercially. Before I go any further, I have to confess that I don't handle flight turbulence very well especially after having been thrown up in the air from my seat on an A380 plane. Just a slight sign that the airplane is wearing off is enough to make me nervous! Also, I literally run away from flying small planes because in my experience you can feel the turbulence much more in a smaller plane than a bigger one. So when I saw that the aircraft to Oslo was not only small but also showed signs of wear and tear, I started feeling nauseated even before getting to my seat in the plane!
Nonetheless, here is my experience with flying Air France Embraer from Paris to Oslo.
As I already mentioned, Air France flies the Embraer 190 between Paris and Oslo. It is a small plane with twin jet engines carrying 80-124 passengers commercially. My flight was full and we were required to put our second hand bag (in addition to the ladies purse) under the seat in front of us.
2. Scheduled departure and landing
The flight departed on time. However, due to heavy fog over Oslo and poor visibility conditions (this was early March), it took two attempts for the pilot to land the aircraft. Just when I thought we had hit the runaway, the airplane took off again! It was my first experience of a missed landing!
3. In flight comfort
The seats were a little cramped. The in-flight attendant, a nice French lady, served coffee and croissants during the flight. I am not really a fan of milk powder and always prefer Lufthansa's coffee with real creamer, but it was alright - something to get along with.