Inside Air France’s exclusive new first class lounge, suites

Pulling back the curtain on a chic experience for first class flyers.

By David Flynn, May 29 2024
Inside Air France’s exclusive new first class lounge, suites

Air France is taking first class to new heights of exclusively and elegance, both on the ground and in the air.

The French flag carrier says its next-gen 777 La Premiere suites will debut at the end of this year or early 2025, while a new private wing of its La Premiere first class lounge at Paris boasts three self-contained apartments with their own bedrooms, showers and outdoor patios.

Air France’s new La Premiere first class suites

This “extensive redesign” of the current La Premiere suites will make them even larger and longer, Air France boasts: with five windows flanking each suite, “this cabin will boast the longest configuration on the market.”

Travellers will relax in a residential “living space” with a seperate armchair and chaise longue sofa, the later of which will convert into a lie-flat bed facing a massive video screen, while a wireless tablet will control seat-and-suite functions.

Tres chic: Air France's current Boeing 777 La Premiere first class.
Tres chic: Air France's current Boeing 777 La Premiere first class.

Other airlines to adopt the seat+bed combination in first class in recent years, rather than a seat which converts to a bed, include Etihad Airways’ A380 Apartments, Singapore Airlines’ A380 Suites and Qantas’ new A350 First Suites for non-stop Project Sunrise flights to London and New York.

But with only three suites in the Air France first class cabin, it remains to be seen if the centre crib will be an oversized suite for two, along the same lines as Lufthansa’s Allegris first class.

Will Air France follow Lufthansa's lead with a double suite in the middle of its first class cabin?
Will Air France follow Lufthansa's lead with a double suite in the middle of its first class cabin?

And it seems one unique trait – the use of a full-length curtain instead of a sliding door for privacy – will remain, having become a hallmark for the carrier’s understated air of refinement and sophistication.

“La Première represents the highest level of French excellence and is an intrinsic part of Air France’s DNA,” says Air France-KLM Chief Executive, Benjamin Smith.

The airline is also promising “La Première will be extended across a greater number of aircraft compared to its current deployment” – the strongest indication yet that first class is coming to the Air France A350s, which currently top out at business class.

Elegant curtains frame Air France's current 777 La Premiere first class suite.
Elegant curtains frame Air France's current 777 La Premiere first class suite.

Air France’s new La Premiere lounge suites

But Air Frances suites aren’t just for the sky – first class flyers will also be able to enjoy fully private suites on the ground in the exclusive La Premiere lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

One of the private suites in the La Premiere lounge.
One of the private suites in the La Premiere lounge.

Due to open ahead of the July 2024 Olympics, there’ll be three spacious suites of 46m2 (500ft2) – each with its own living area, double bedroom, bathroom and outdoor patio (for families, two of the adjoining suites suites can even be connected together).

A private suite bedroom in the La Premiere lounge.
A private suite bedroom in the La Premiere lounge.

Guests will be treated to an Alain Ducasse menu, with a butler on call to serve Champagne and refreshments.

A private suite bathroom in the La Premiere lounge.
A private suite bathroom in the La Premiere lounge.

“Adorned with fresh flowers, luxurious linens, and haute-couture finishes, the aim is to create a regal atmosphere within Air France's Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub,” Air France says.

Each La Premiere lounge suite boasts its own outdoor patio.
Each La Premiere lounge suite boasts its own outdoor patio.

Each suite contains “iconic examples of French design, including Charlotte Perriand's writing table, Pierre Paulin's Ribbon chair, and Philippe Starck's Privé sofa.”

However, access to the La Premiere lounge suites isn’t included in the cost of your ticket: this unrivalled degree of privacy and privilege will attract an additional €800 fee.

Air France is also upgrading the La Première ground experience with a dedicated ‘check-in lobby’ where guests are welcomed by a dedicated concierge who whisks away their luggage.

The new La Première check-in lobby.
The new La Première check-in lobby.

Decorated in a palette of white and grey accented with touches of red, the lobby boasts abundant natural light and showcases furnishings from renowned French designers such as Pierre Paulin and Christophe Pillet.

One of several private rooms at the new La Premiere check-in lobby.
One of several private rooms at the new La Premiere check-in lobby.

Once check-in formalities are concluded, travellers are escorted via a private passageway with its own security checkpoint to the La Première lounge, a sanctuary which includes an a la carte dining room and Sisley spa.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer P1

23 Aug 2014

Total posts 139

Thanks David

It's hard to see how the suite can be improved upon from its current calm et luxe iconic position - the curtains make it less claustrophobic than sliding doors, but i'm sure the envisaged separate seat/bed combo has more practical utility and the food is easily the best in the sky alongside JL and NH (packed with luxurious perfectly cooked ingredients all at the right temperature, a rarity these days)

I hope the width of the bed does not suffer as a result of this, which would be an great shame, a bit like the SQ suites  compared to their (larger) 777-300ER F bed

The  "usual" La Premiere lounge at CDG has IMHO the best lounge food around - the Alain Ducasse mac n cheese with ham and truffles is a staple although, paradoxically, on the ground and in the air, only an above average wine list, surprising given the obvious! 

The 800 Euro fee is interesting given that Swiss have lovely bedrooms/en suite at ZRH which are first come first serve (free) and the SQ Private Room has complimentary bedrooms without an ensuite which are also generously allocated (I have never seen either of them full)

I accept this is a much grander product though, a bit like the PS LAX experience

A great addition to the premium travel experience

17 Nov 2023

Total posts 15

The only problem with these suites is that AF has naively installed them on (noisy) Boeing aircraft.

If you doubt me, check a recent Sam Chui review.   The background noise in the cruise is excessive on the 777/787.

If they were on the A380 or A350, they would be the best suites in the sky.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Oct 2017

Total posts 93

The suites may be one thing and the type of aircraft another however I must say Air France has amazing service that is under rated and unheralded. Vastly Superior to Lufthansa, miles in front of BA. best in Europe from my experience.


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