Enjoy Your Pre-Flight Business Meal in Renovated Air France New York-JFK Lounge
Air France can fly from New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) in less than seven hours. Throw in half an hour of announcements, an hourlong breakfast and a 75-minute dinner service, and you're left with little more than a cat nap — not exactly ideal for waking up refreshed and eager to take on the day when landing in France.
In order to better serve premium cabin redeye customers who value sleep above all else, this week, Air France opened a "completely renovated dining area" in its New York-JFK lounge. Those who frequent the airport's Terminal 1 may have noticed its temporary closure, and will no doubt welcome the news that its doors are back open.
While "Night Service" was available before the closure, it's glitzier than ever in a "brand new setting, with a more convivial and contemporary feel." In total, the area is equipped with "close to 34 tables for 2, a high table with 6 seats for dining opposite the runways and a round table seating 6."
Moreover, Air France promises "a range of new attentions dedicated to its customers' wellbeing," beginning in February. We're taking that to mean massages, spa treatments and haircuts, a few areas that Virgin Atlantic has down pat.
Night Service is purely brilliant. In anticipation of a business-class customer desiring time to sleep on the lie-flat they've purchased, those who visit the lounge ahead of their flight can "enjoy at no extra charge the same gourmet French meal in the airport lounge as the one served on board, with their meal served at their table." That's a full, bona fide meal "comprising a starter, hot dish, cheese, dessert and a wine and Champagnes list."
If you find yourself inexplicably famished once reaching your seat, you'll be able to eat again once on board even if you accept Night Service in the lounge. AF009 and AF011 are eligible for Night Service, which depart New York on a daily basis at 10:50pm and 9:30pm, respectively.
Of course, those who enter during the day can enjoy the new digs as well, and we've been informed that the lounge has rejoined the Priority Pass ranks. Additionally, the lounge is only accessible to La Première, Business and Flying Blue Platinum and Gold members. Technically, those with a Delta Sky Club membership can also access the lounge for the remainder of 2018, but effective Jan. 1, 2019, Delta Sky Club Members will no longer have access to partner lounges.