good luck. I usually stay at pretty good hotels in moscow, and they are pretty nasty. I hope that the people you are with will take good care of you - see if you can get them to take you for uzbeki food, that was the most interesting food I have had in moscow. Air France out of JFK will probrably have what ever is newist in the fleet, you will probrably get an ok plane. like I said, it is ok, food is better than most, but nothing to get excited about. have fun, bring home some vodka, babuska dolls, fur hat for your girl. oh, and you can get pretty good, simple automatic watches in moscow very cheap. the one I have I have had for 10 years and it works well.