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 Airbus A330-300 (registration C-GHKW) at the gate Munich Airport

Air Canada Airbus A330-300 (registration C-GHKW) at the gate Munich Airport

Air Canada Business Class im Airbus A330 – Boarding AC847

After our Arrival from Oslo and a short trip to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge we went to the gate. However, a delay of 20 minutes was arrived already announced. We decided that the way back was no longer profitable in the lounge, and introduced ourselves to the other waiting passengers.

Boarding AC847 to Toronto late

Boarding AC847 to Toronto late

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.

It eventually turned out that the colleague at check-in had swapped the passport of my wife and the airport at Oslo me. Thus, there were problems in allocating the various Visa (ETA for Canada and ESTA for the US). After everything has been put in order, the expert Mr. smuggled us back into the queue and we could vorsetzten boarding immediately. At this point again a big thanks to the great team at the gate.

Boarding

Boarding

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 – cabin

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.

Air Canada Airbus A330-300 Kabinenlayout (What: Air Canada)

Air Canada Airbus A330-300 Kabinenlayout (What: Air Canada)

In the Air Canada Business Class in the Airbus A330, the seats are inclined installed in the so-called Herringbone- or herringbone. (1-1-1 through the 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.

Air Canada Business Class im Airbus A330 - Kabine

Air Canada Business Class im Airbus A330 – cabin

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. If you travel in pairs, are the middle and right seat (G & K) jedoch die bessere Wahl. Zwar sitzt man hier immer noch nicht nebeneinander, hat aber Blickkontakt und kann sich auch bedingt unterhalten. Bedenken sollte man aber bei der Sitzplatzwahl, dass sich die Passagiere am rechten Gang die Gepäckablage mit doppelt so vielen Reisenden teilen müssen. Meiner Meinung nach befinden sich die besten Sitzplätze in der Air Canada Business Class im Airbus A330 auf der linken Flugzeugseite (A) in der Reihe Zwei bis Sieben.

Air Canada Business Class im Airbus A330 – Seat

In the Airbus A330-300 Business Class Air Canada has established type Classic Pod installed. The hard facts of this older models are quickly enumerated: adjustable head and leg support, length of horizontal set seat 191 cm, seat width of 53 cm, personal reading lamp, 110 V & USB port, lumbar support and massage function.

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.

An den verschiedenen Ecken des Air Canada Business Class Sitzes waren die Spuren der Abnutzung deutlich zu sehen. Der schlechte Eindruck setzte sich bei den wenigen Ablageflächen fort, welche auch noch stark verschmutzt waren. Hier war die Reinigung in München wohl nicht so professionell. Schade! Um an dieser Stelle auch noch etwas Positives zu schreiben, möchte ich auf die ausreichenden Einstellmöglichkeiten des Sitzes hinweisen. Zusammen mit der Massagefunktion sollte jeder Business Class Passagier eine für sich bequeme Position finden.

Air Canada Business Class im Airbus A330 – Entertainment

Das Inflight Entertainment in der Air Canada Business Class entspricht leider nicht mehr dem aktuellen Standard. Der 12-Zoll große Touchscreen klappt aus der linken Sitzwand heraus und ist bei der Entfernung gerade noch ausreichend groß. Die Reaktionszeit des Bildschirmes bei der Eingabe war sehr behäbig. Das Film- und Serienangebot war aber recht umfangreich. Einige davon waren auch auf Deutsch verfügbar. Lediglich die Werbung vor den Filmen nervte. Die Kopfhörer mit Geräuschunterdrückung lagen schon beim Boarding am Platz. Doch durch einen Wackelkontakt am Kopfhöreranschluss wurde der Ton leider von einem starken metallischen Klirren überlagert.

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 - menu

Air Canada Business Class – Menu

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”-Red held inside the bag makes a really good impression. Especially the magnetic closure I liked. When content is based on ore standard. Thus, the amenity kit Air Canada includes a toothbrush with toothpaste, lip balm, hand cream, eye mask, earplugs and a mint-candy.

Air Canada Business Class Amenity Kit

Air Canada Business Class Amenity Kit

Air Canada Business Class – food and drink

After we had gone out in the air and the fasten seat belt, was the appointed “Welcome Drink” serviert. Ich hatte mich für einen 12 Jahre alten Johnnie Walker Black Label entschieden. Dazu gab es eine kleine Schale mit einer Nussmischung.

Welcome drink: Johnnie Walker Black Label with a nut mixture

Welcome drink: Johnnie Walker Black Label 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.

starter

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.

Appetizer: smoked salmon, Fregola salad, creme fraiche with lime

Appetizer: smoked salmon, Fregola salad, creme fraiche with lime

main course

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.

Main course: roast beef, mustard sauce, sauteed potatoes and zucchini, mashed sweet potatoes

Main course: roast beef, mustard sauce, sauteed potatoes and zucchini, mashed sweet potatoes

Dessert

Die angebotenen Käsevariationen, wie Emmentaler oder Almkäse, schlug ich dankend ab. Schließlich wollte ich noch etwas “place” für die Eiscreme lassen. Die drei Kugeln Eis waren durch die Lagerung im Trockeneis noch sehr kalt und fest. Die Wartezeit auf das Antauen wurde aber durch den guten Geschmack wieder kompensiert.

Dessert: Creamy vanilla ice cream with Belgian chocolate crisps and pistachios

Dessert: Creamy vanilla ice cream with Belgian chocolate crisps and pistachios

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.

Light meal: cold plate with lemon and thyme chicken, cherry tomato salad and arugula

Light meal: cold plate with lemon and thyme chicken, cherry tomato salad and arugula

More information about Air Canada

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Evaluation of Air Canada Business Class in the Airbus A330

  • Seat
  • service
  • Entertainment
  • cleanliness
  • drinks
  • Food
  • Price-performance
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abstract

Air Canada is in an Airbus A330-300 one now not befitting business class. The ancient seat “Classic Pod” bietet aber eine gute Privatsphäre und vielfältige Einstellmöglichkeiten. Der Monitor des Entertainment-System ist mit 12-Zoll klein und von mittelmäßiger Qualität. Würde ich noch einmal mit Air Canada in der Business Class fliegen? Unbedingt! Der Service und das Catering waren sehr gut. Allerdings würde ich den Airbus A330 meiden und lieber die Boeing 777 oder 787 wählen.

Christian

My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2012 I live with my wife Christin in Halle (Saale). When travelling I love flying, discovering good food and drink and spending the night in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always looking for the next adventure. I have been reporting about my experiences on the road since 2007.

2 Responses

  1. Dr Howard Tenenbaum says:

    I agree completely with your assessment! Nice service on a jet that should be retired. Having flown lately on mainly 787, 777 products for international, they are far superior. This includes the centre aisle overhead bins with plenty of space. If you’re on the starboard aisle as you said, the privacy is wanting AND you might not get to store your carry-on in the overhead bin above your seat.

    I do enjoy Air Canada, but suggest that either they retire the A333’s or at least re-do the interiors to more modern standards.

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