Air Canada 787 Business Class review

Fly in style with reclining seats and access to the Maple Leaf Lounge when you travel in Business Class with Air Canada.

From the pre-flight perks in the lounge to the seating, cuisine and amenities, here’s what you can expect when you fly in Business Class on Air Canada’s 787 Dreamliner.

Pre-flight perks

With a Business Class boarding pass, you can look forward to priority check-in, priority security clearance, priority boarding (all important if you want to skip the long lines) and access any of the 22 Maple Leaf Lounges around the world. The Maple Leaf Lounge facilities usually include showers, a call-free quiet zone, complimentary Wi-Fi and a selection of food and beverages from the fully-stocked bar. The pre-flight perks are designed to offer an added layer of comfort for passengers right from security clearance to boarding. When you're flying in Business Class with Air Canada, you may also be able to receive entry into partner airline lounges, such as Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines.

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Space and seating

The Business Class cabin is arranged in 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration, with direct aisle access for every seat. There are 30 seats in total and each one measures a generous 203cm in length and 53cm in width. The seats are fitted out with a pneumatic and adjustable cushion system that can be stretched out to a 180-degree fully-flat bed. To increase your comfort, the headrest includes massage functions for your head and neck. When you’re ready to get some rest, the cabin crew can convert your seat into a bed and provide you with a pillow and plush duvet for a good night’s sleep.

The electrochromic windows allow passengers to control the amount of natural light that enters the cabin. The fitting of new humidification and air filtration technology will also help reduce the sore eyes and dry skin that come with long-haul flights.

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Amenities

As you’d expect from Business Class, you’ll receive a complimentary amenity kit on arrival. It comes stocked with ear plugs, eye mask, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, an Escents Aromatherapy moisturiser and other necessary items.

Entertainment

The entertainment system features a state-of-the-art 18-inch touch screen, a video touch handset and noise-cancelling headphones for an enjoyable experience. The extensive catalogue ranges from Hollywood to Bollywood movies, TV to games, and music to podcasts, so you’re sure to find something to keep you occupied during the flight. You can also take advantage of the in-seat power outlet and USB slot if you’d rather use your own device. You can also access in-flight Wi-Fi for a nominal fee.

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Dining and refreshments

You can expect a selection of seasonal dining options, including appetisers, main courses and desserts designed by renowned Canadian chef David Hawksworth. The meals also take inspiration from the cuisine of the destination, so you can expect some variety depending on where you’re flying.

On most flights you’ll be greeted with an after-take-off cocktail service and an appetiser. You can then finish with a selection of cheeses and a glass of port as well as seasonal fruit or a dark chocolate fondant. As mentioned, main meals may be influenced by your travel destination, so you can expect anything from chicken biryani to Thai green curry or Moroccan tagine.

If you’d prefer to put off your meal, Air Canada also offers flexible options so you can enjoy your main at any time during the flight.

As well as water, juice and soft drinks, you can also enjoy an array of wines including champagne, chardonnay and Cahors Le Combal throughout the flight. Want to know what’s on the menu before your flight? Check out the Air Canada website to plan your dining options before you even step on the plane.

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Where can I fly?

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Air Canada’s fleet of 787s has 22 in its fold and, with another 7 due for delivery, it is one of the largest carriers of 787s in the world. You can look forward to flying Business Class on one of their 787s on the following routes:

Calgary – Frankfurt
Calgary – London Heathrow
Montreal – Brussels
Montreal – London Heathrow (starts 1 May 2018)
Montreal – Lyon
Montreal – Shanghai Pudong
Montreal – Tel Aviv
Montreal – Tokyo Narita (starts 1 June 2018)
Toronto – Buenos Aires (starts 1 May 2018)
Toronto – Copenhagen
Toronto – Delhi
Toronto – Dubai
Toronto – Frankfurt
Toronto – London Heathrow
Toronto – Madrid (resumes 26 April 2018)
Toronto – Montreal
Toronto – Mumbai (resumes 27 February 2018)
Toronto – Munich
Toronto – Paris CDG
Toronto – San Francisco
Toronto – Santiago de Chile (starts 1 May 2018)
Toronto – Sao Paulo Guarulhos
Toronto – Seoul Incheon
Toronto – Shanghai
Toronto – Tel Aviv
Toronto – Tokyo Haneda
Vancouver – Beijing
Vancouver – Brisbane
Vancouver – Delhi
Vancouver – London Heathrow
Vancouver – Melbourne
Vancouver – Newark
Vancouver – Paris CDG
Vancouver – Seoul Incheon
Vancouver – Shanghai
Vancouver – Taipei Taoyuan
Vancouver – Tokyo Narita
Vancouver – Toronto
Vancouver – Zurich

Air Canada’s Business Class cabin offers all of the luxuries you’d expect. The design of the new 787s coupled with the fantastic service of Air Canada make for a more enjoyable journey than flying in Economy.

Pictures: Air Canada and Shutterstock

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