I have experienced twice flying from Jo'burg (South Africa) to Paris (France), first trip was aimed to participate in Linuxtag2007 in June while the second was in November 2007 for FAD (Fedora Ambassadors Day).
First Trip Experience: when i reached Jo'burg airport, the Airport authorities announced at eleventh hour "a possible delay in flight"", the flight was planned at 7.30PM and almost 200+ passengers were at the boarding gate, as if you have been in Jo'burg airport, new basement construction at that time had very few seats to rest...so almost all of us were lying on floor, after almost one and half hours suddenly few uniform Airport staff arrived and informed us that the Aircraft has some problem our engineers are working on them...everybody was concern what has happen to aircraft, so they said we d'nt have info...engineers are working on them...we again went on floor and start chatting each other...i was sitting with an ex-Zimbabwe citizen who's parents were British...but lately due to current political problems in Zimbabwe he had to leave country and went back UK, his son was working in Cape Town, so he often use to come SA.
anyhow, we were telling different stories each other and time was slowly passing, suddenly we heard voice "all passengers going to Paris with Airfrance please consult boarding gate counter"...everybody rush to get there...same uniform guy started "Sir, our aircraft is unable to get singnals, due to which it can't take off. our another flight which is planned for 11:45PM is ready, we can only offer our Business class passengers to board on this flight, rest will stay on airport." every economy class passenger started screaming Sir..Sir..! do you will give us Hotel...a big NO :-| you have sleep on floor, yahoooo !!!
somehow, i got a chance to reach near by the guy who was giving boarding passes to Business class, i got a chance to speak with him, i said, Sir...could you please help me ! he said WHAT? i replied, i am economy class passenger but i have a very important meeting at Berlin, if i miss this flight i will never be able to get that meeting. He quickly with anger "We are only shifting Business Class...silence" but i didn't moved from his desk and kept watching all business class getting there boarding...i was holding my boarding pass in my hand such that he could read my name. He suddenly pointed me, Mr...You Mr..i noticed him he was seeing me, "GIVE ME YOUR BOARDING PASS" i handed over him and here we go !!! i was shifted on flight with business class passengers...So after 4 hours delay i was lucky to get a substitute flight.
Second Trip Experience: This time i was traveling for FAD in November 2007, same happen, i reached Jo'burg Airport we got boarding on time...this was very pleasant, i was really happy that thanks God, this time we are flying on time...our aircraft was slowly filling with people, after a while they even closed the aircraft door and started pre take off safety checks...but we noticed that they are not starting aircraft engines...flight was timed 11:45PM we all were waiting inside aircraft to get take off, almost after 1 & half hour, the pilot announced, "Dear passengers, we are having some technical fault in aircraft, and we could not get signals, we are really sorry to inform, you that we have to cancel this flight !" Big BANG !!! flight cancel.
this time i wasn't that lucky i had to sleep on airport floor !!!
Air France AF447 crash: they are again claiming Aircraft was unable to get signals...
Now Air France has used its million of dollars assets to buy media and flush their own narrated stories, so people will think that it is just an incident, but i am sure that they killed these 200+ passengers just due to lack of services...their aircraft are in fucking bad conditions, even if you ever travel on other world class airways you will feel the difference... even in Pakistan the Daewoo bus service is better then Air France.
I am feeling so sorry about the people suffered in this crash and give my deep condolence to their families....
Appeal: Please please...for God sake..if you have an option to avoid Air France, please d'nt leave your chance to be a safe traveler. Air France is playing with its passengers lives.