Air Canada Business Class in Embraer ERJ-190 to Toronto

Frühstück in der Air Canada Business Class im Embraer ERJ-190

Unlike Lufthansa, for example, Air Canada operates a proper business class on short- and medium-haul routes. At the beginning of 2017, we flew from Seattle to Toronto and had plenty of time to relax in Air Canada Business Class in the Embraer ERJ-190.


After we in United Club Seattle After a hearty breakfast, we made our way to departure gate A14 shortly after seven thirty. Boarding of our flight AC540 to Toronto started on time. Unlike in Germany, things were sorted according to booking class or frequent flyer status on board the Embraer ERJ-190.

Boarding am Gate A14
Boarding am Gate A14

As the wrong food was initially loaded on board, the departure is delayed by a few minutes. Finally, when everything was loaded and stowed correctly, we could finally start. Due to the temperature around the freezing point, our plane was quickly de-iced shortly before taxiing to the runway. Meanwhile we marveled at the rising of the sun, which slowly came out from behind Mt. Rainier. After the morning traffic jam at the runway was over, we took off for Toronto at 8:40 a.m.

Enteisen am Flughafen Seattle
De-icing at Seattle Airport

Thanks to the great weather, we had a fantastic view of the surrounding mountain landscape after the start. More attentive than any film in the onboard entertainment, we marveled at the clouds moving between the mountain ranges. An unforgettable moment!

What is the layout of the Air Canada Business Class cabin in the Embraer ERJ-190?

The Air Canada “North America and Caribbean” Business Class consists of nine seats in the Embraer ERJ-190, which are located in the first three rows. We took seats 2D and F as these were rated very well.

Sitzplan Air Canada Embraer ERJ-190 (Quelle:
Seat map Air Canada Embraer ERJ-190 (Source:

Storage compartments were only available on the left side. In addition, they weren't really big either, so we had trouble putting our hand luggage in the overhead Bins accommodate. Unfortunately, our camera backpack no longer fit in and had to be stowed under the front seat. So it's worth getting on board early to get a place in the storage compartment.

What is the Air Canada Business Class seat on the Embraer ERJ-190?

The seats clearly show the age of the Air Canada Embraer fleet. The blue fabric cover was already badly damaged in some places. However, the padding was extremely comfortable. The legroom was also sufficient for a four-hour flight due to the large seat pitch. The table was in the outer armrest. The seat was about 50 centimeters but pleasantly wide. There was also a pillow on our seat when we boarded. Blankets are probably only available on request.

What is the entertainment in Air Canada Business Class on the Embraer ERJ-190?

As usual, the 8.9-inch (approx. 23 cm) touchscreen was in the front seat. The range of films, series and music was sufficient for the 4:30 hour flight. Simple in-ear headphones were distributed free of charge. Since there was a normal headphone jack, we used our own. In addition, there was a USB charging socket to the left of the screen. There was also a socket for your own laptop.

Air Canada Business Class Entertainment
Air Canada Business Class Entertainment

What is there to eat and drink in Air Canada Business Class on medium-haul routes?

A flight attendant was responsible for the fully booked Business Class. The gentleman was very friendly at all times, but also very slow. So the service only started an hour after the start. We had a choice of an omelet and a plate of fruit. Not being a fan of egg dishes on planes, I chose the latter. The fruit selection was really sufficient with strawberries, pineapple, honeydew melon, grapefruit, blueberries and orange. There was also yoghurt and bread rolls. After the initial difficulties, the supply of drinks was very good for the rest of the flight.

Frühstück in der Air Canada Business Class im Embraer ERJ-190
Breakfast in Air Canada Business Class on the Embraer ERJ-190

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Air Canada Business Class in the Embraer ERJ-190 is a good product for short and medium-haul routes. However, the cabin and seats are getting a bit old. And there are also very few possibilities to stow hand luggage in Business Class.


My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2021, I live with my wife Christin and our son in Merseburg and work in Leipzig as a product manager. What I love about travelling is flying, discovering delicious food and drink, and staying in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always on the lookout for the next adventure. I have been posting about my experiences on the road since 2007.

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