Air Canada Business Class in the Airbus A330-300 to Toronto
Thanks to an error Fares we flew with Air Canada Business Class in the Airbus A330-300 from Munich to Toronto. Despite complications during boarding and a not quite current Business Class seat Air Canada could still convince the service and the quality of the food. As we were satisfied overall, you will learn in this Trip Report.
Air Canada Business Class im Airbus A330 – Boarding AC847
After our Arrival from Oslo und einem kurzen Abstecher in die Lufthansa Senator Lounge begaben wir uns zum Gate. Dort angekommen wurde allerdings schon eine Verspätung von 20 Minuten angekündigt. Wir entschieden, dass sich der Rückweg in die Lounge nicht mehr lohnte, und stellten uns zu den anderen wartenden Passagieren.
Als das Priority Boarding begann, reihten wir uns in die Schlange für die Business Class Gäste ein. Beim Scannen unseres Flugtickets wurden wir aber durch ein schrillendes Piepen gestoppt. Ein freundlicher Mitarbeiter bat meine Frau und mich zur Seite und verlangte unsere Tickets und Reisepässe. Während der Herr wild im Computer suchte, dachte ich über die Ursache des Problems nach. Sollte der Flug überbucht sein? Gibt es Probleme mit dem Visum? Ein Upgrade konnte ich ausschließen, da Air Canada nur in einer Drei-Klassen-Konfiguration (Business, Premium Economy und Economy) fliegt und auf meinem Ticket schon die Reihe 1 vermerkt war.
Es stellte sich schließlich heraus, dass der Kollege beim Check-in am Flughafen von Oslo den Reisepass von meiner Frau und mir vertauscht hatte. Somit gab es Probleme beim Zuordnen der verschiedenen Visa (eTA für Kanada und ESTA für die USA). Nachdem alles wieder in Ordnung gebracht wurde, schleuste uns der kompetente Herr wieder in die Schlange und wir konnten sofort das Boarding vorsetzten. An dieser Stelle noch einmal einen großen Dank an das tolle Team am Gate.
Because of the delays, we unfortunately were the last guests in Business Class and were already waiting at the aircraft door 1L. After we stowed our luggage, we were personally greeted by the purser and asked after our first drinks desired.
Air Canada Business Class im Airbus A330 – Kabine
Air Canada has provided the International Business Class cabin on the Airbus A330-300 with 27 seats in nine rows. These are located completely in the front part of the aircraft between the first and second aircraft door. Previously, there was also a second, smaller business class cabin with only three rows, but which was currently being exchanged by a premium economy.
In the Air Canada Business Class in the Airbus A330, the seats are inclined installed in the so-called Herringbone- or herringbone. By 1-1-1 cabin configuration (A, G & K) is the direct aisle access for each business class passenger is guaranteed. This is a clear advantage. The oblique orientation of the seats but the view out the window as well as communication between travelers is difficult.
As a single traveler, a seat on the left side of the plane is recommended. Through the rear wall of the seat in the middle he has so increased privacy. Reist one to two, the middle and right seat but are (G & K) a better choice. Although they do not do is still sitting side by side, but has eye contact and can entertain due also. But one should bear in mind in the choice of seats that the passengers have to share the luggage rack with twice as many travelers on the right gear. In my opinion are the best seats in the Air Canada Business Class in the Airbus A330 aircraft on the left side (A) in the series two to seven.
Air Canada Business Class in the Airbus A330 - Seat
In der Airbus A330-300 Business Class hat Air Canada den Sitztyp Classic Pod verbaut. Die harten Fakten dieses älteren Models sind schnell aufgezählt: verstellbare Kopf- und Beinstütze, Länge der horizontal eingestellten Sitzfläche 191 cm, Sitzbreite von 53 cm, persönliche Leselampe, 110 V & USB-Anschluss, Lendenstütze und Massagefunktion.
Beim Online Check-in hatte ich mich für den Sitz 1A entschieden. Wie sich herausstellte, war dies keine so gute Wahl, da ich ohne Verrenkung kaum aus dem Fenster schauen konnte. Angekommen an meinem Platz lag schon eine dünne Decke und ein weißes Kissen für mich bereit. Ansonsten machte der Classic Pod-Sitz einen ziemlich heruntergewirtschafteten Eindruck. Bei Christin ihrem Sitz war die Steuerung nicht 100% funktionsfähig. So ließ sich z.B. die Fußstütze nicht nach oben fahren. Der Flugbegleiter konnte das Problem aber lösen, indem er die Sitzsteuerung einmal zurücksetzte.
At the various corners of the Air Canada Business Class seat, the traces of wear were clearly visible. The bad impression continued in the few shelves, which were also very dirty. Here the cleaning in Munich was probably not so professional. Pity! To write at this point something positive, I would like to point out the adequate adjustment of the seat. Along with the massage function of any business should find Class passenger a comfortable position for themselves.
Air Canada Business Class im Airbus A330 – Entertainment
Unfortunately, the inflight entertainment in the Business Class Air Canada no longer corresponds to the current standard. The 12-inch touchscreen works out of the left seat wall and is great just adequate in removing. The response time of the screen when entering was very sedate. but the film and series offer was quite extensive. Some of these were available in German. Only the advertising before the movies bugged. The Noise Canceling Headphones were already boarding place. But the sound was unfortunately overshadowed by a sharp metallic clank through a loose connection to the headphone socket.
Air Canada Business Class im Airbus A330 – Service
Even boarding was a bottle of water, the noise-canceling headphones and the Air Canada Business Class amenity kit at my place. As our hand luggage stowed and we had sorted everything else, we were warmly welcomed by the purser. You handed us the menu and asked for the first beverage desire for right after the start. A glass of champagne or another drink on arrival there was not unfortunately.
Air Canada Business Class Amenity Kit
Um die Wartezeit bis zum Start zu überbrücken, schaute ich mir den Inhalt meines Amenity Kits erst einmal genauer an. Jeder Business Class Passagier bekommt von Air Canada eine kleine Tasche aus grauem Stoff. In Kombination mit der in “Air Canada”-Rot gehaltenen Innenseite, macht die Tasche einen richtig guten Eindruck. Besonders der Magnetverschluss hat mir gefallen. Beim Inhalt orientiert man sich ehr am Standard. So beinhaltet das Amenity Kit von Air Canada eine Zahnbürste mit Zahnpasta, Lippenbalsam, Handcreme, Augenmaske, Ohrstöpsel und ein Mint-Bonbon.
Air Canada Business Class - Food and Beverages
After we had gone out in the air and the fasten seat belt, which ordered "welcome drink" was served. I had decided on a 12-year-old Johnnie Walker Black Label. In addition there was a small dish with a nut mixture.
Even before the start of the desired food was interrogated by the purser. Here I had the choice between the full three course meal after the start, a fast-Light meal or a complete meal at a desired me later date. Since today's flight took off around noon, I chose the first option.
The service began about an hour after the start with the appetizer. A selection of food there was not at this point, each Business Class passenger got the smoked salmon on Fregola salad and creme fraiche with lime. Accompanied by a mixed green salad was served on the tablet. Both were very tasty. Especially to me previously unknown Fregola salad was very good.
In the main course there was a choice of beef, chicken, barramundi (Giant perch) and vegetarian pasta. I opted for the roast beef File on mustard sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, sauteed potatoes and zucchini. The piece of beef was a bit small and unfortunately fried far beyond the point. Too bad, but indeed not so simple on the plane.
The cheeses offered as Emmentaler or mountain cheese, I hit with thanks. Finally, I wanted to leave some "room" for the ice cream. The three scoops of ice cream were due to storage in dry ice still very cold and firm. The waiting time for the thawing but was compensated by good taste.
After dinner I watched a movie and several series. For nibbles stood throughout the rest of the flight, a snack basket among others, Twix, Kit Kat and chips in the front row. Also was asked on a regular basis for my drink request.
Light meal before arriving in Toronto
About 90 minutes before arrival in Toronto was still a light meal served. The cold plate with lemon and thyme chicken in cherry tomato salad and arugula was a delicious snack. In addition there was fresh orange segments and two chocolate pralines. As for all meals a basket of warm pastries was also here enough.
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Evaluation of Air Canada Business Class in the Airbus A330
Air Canada is in an Airbus A330-300 one now not befitting business class. but the old house "Pod Classic" offers good privacy and diverse settings. The monitor of the entertainment system is small with 12-inch and of mediocre quality. I would fly again with Air Canada in business class? Absolutely! The service and catering were very good. However, I would steer clear of the Airbus A330 and would rather choose the Boeing 777 or 787th