We had purchased a Premium Economy fare to fly from San Francisco to Istanbul (IST) via Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) with a 60-minute layover. While I was looking forward to checking out Air France’s medium-haul Premium Economy service from CDG-IST, the carrier quietly eliminated the class on everything but long-haul flights and placed passengers into regular Economy. Not nice.
Fast-forward to ourÂ landing at CDG — our inbound flight on the A380 wasÂ delayed taking off from SFO and spent its time circling the airport grounds, finally docking 45 minutes before our next flight. Â Would we make it in time, or would we have to spend four hours waiting for the next flight and losing an entire evening in Istanbul?