Frequent flyers in business class will tell you that the level of service you receive and your comfort during the flight depend upon which airline carrier you choose. Air Canada has stepped up their game when it comes to providing comfort and flight amenities for business class travelers. Although the new service has it's pros and its cons, overall, the good outweighs the bad. If you're wondering what it's like to fly Air Canada business class, here is what you can expect.
Booking a business class flight aboard the Air Canada 777-300ER
A flight across the Atlantic in business class and back will cost about $2,500, give or take and depending on your destination. This is what a flight to and from Paris costs. It's less expensive than what any of the US airlines charge.
Arriving at Heathrow Airport in London
Making a connection with 2 hours to spare is easy. The airport's airside bus is convenient for shuttling you in between the gates in record speed. The lounge is a nice place to wait when there's a layover because it gives you time to unwind and collect your thoughts before boarding the connecting flight. The Air Canada lounge called the Maple Leaf Lounge. IYou can snack on a variety of finger foods including cheese and crackers, muffins and a selection of fruits. They also offer a hot pasta entree if you're really hungry and want to fill up before catching your flight out. The only disappointment is the lack of internet connectivity.
The business class cabin
The cabin in business class contains three rows of seats with a layout of 1-2-1 and an additional row of center seats towards the front. There are a total of 40 seats in business class that lie between the cabins. The reverse herringbone seats are comparable to those found in the 787-9 Dreamliners, with the exception that they are a little more narrow. The business class section is equipped with three lavatories which are fairly small, but they do the job. The seats have been refreshed and they are not only comfortable, but they are also spacious and give you plenty of room to move around. The seat height offers a degree of privacy as well. Each seat in business class features a touchscreen recline control without the physical buttons that are offered in many other airline seats. The seats are made with a lie-flat mode which makes it very comfortable if you decide to take a nap. The seatbelts are equipped with airbags as an additional safety feature. Also located on the seat is a USB port for charging tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices along with a universal power outlet. If you have work to get done before you land, business class supplies everything that you need.
Business class amenities
The noise canceling headphones block out external sounds so you can hear what you're listening to without outside interference. The amenity kit that is placed with each seat also includes earplugs, moisturizers, socks, an eye mask and a dental kit which is standard on most business class flights. A water bottle that is also provided is an extra benefit because it comes in handy during long flights.
The in-flight entertainment system includes an 18-inch HD touchscreen display with a variety of movie, tv and music options. A wired remote is also supplied for the touchscreen for additional convenience. The screen and audio quality are good, and it helps break up the boredom on long flights.
Food and drink
Orders for drinks can be placed directly through the monitor or by using the remote. A welcome beverage is offered shortly after boarding. After this, you can opt for a glass of wine from their selection with a cost range from $9 to $18 per glass. There are also spirits to choose from as well as a beer menu. The lunch menu gives you some good choices for full course meals that are tasty and filling with some great dessert offerings as well. Tempting snack plates are also available through the flight with hearty dinner options if you're in flight at this time.
Flying Air Canada business class is a wonderful experience that is more comfortable and offers superior service when compared with economy class tickets and also with some other airlines. Everything that you need to have a comfortable and enjoyable flight with entertainment or connectivity options are placed within close reach.
Written by Garrett Parker
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