14 hours later


For our flight back to Singapore I had insisted that we book Premium Economy: more leg space, larger seats, nicer screens in the event that Lamia and I have an hour or two to watch something… it felt like a little reward for taking another long haul flight within a relatively short period of time. And – oh joy! – they seated us once more all together in the front row, where we had even more space. Nice job, Air France!

Here we are in our seats:

Now, you might recall that the flight in regular Economy class to Paris was much nicer than what I had thought.
So logically, Premium Economy will be better, right?


Well, turns out it’s not. And there is a simple reason for it: when you have three seats next to each other in Economy class for four persons, the fact that you can lift up the arm rests inbetween seats is making things actually quite comfortable for the kids and us. In contrast, Premium Economy has fat arm rests which are full of little magical things which are nice when you travel alone (USB, power outlets, space for headphones, larger folding tables for your food, …), but you could not care less about when you are traveling with children. Despite that fact that the seats are a larger, the inability to remove the armrest to have everyone share a bit of their seat made this a less comfortable trip than the one we had 2 weeks ago.

It was by no means terrible, but it is funny that the first leg of our trip was not only the cheaper one but turned out to be also the nicer one.

Well, it does not matter too much: next time we fly to Europe Thomas will get a full ticket, too, and we will thus buy four tickets and can take the full middle row in the Economy class cabin. As long as both kids are small and their feet do not touch the floor when seated, this is even comfy for me, because I can fold my legs into their seats’ leg space…

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