Air Canada Business Class in the Boeing 777-300ER to London
Thanks to an error Fares we flew in January 2017 Air Canada Business Class on the Boeing 777-300ER from Toronto to London. In contrast to the Business Class in the Airbus A330, the cabin in the Boeing 777-300ER is much more comfortable and is the current standard. Whether the new “Executive Pod”Seats have also convinced you are experiencing in our Trip Report.
Air Canada Business Class in the Boeing 777-300ER – Boarding AC848
The boarding of flight AC848 to London started punctually at 7 pm. As Business Class passengers, we were one of the first to board. Apparently, the crew wasn't really prepared for us at that time. A slight chaos broke out on board the Boeing 777-300ER in the first 10 minutes. There was also a repair carried out on my seat 1A at the table. So I had time to take some more photos for the review.
Air Canada Business Class in the Boeing 777-300ER - Cabin
The Air Canada Business Class in the Boeing 777-300ER consisted of two cabins with a total of 40 seats. The forward cabin was the bigger one with seven rows. In the smaller rear cabin there were only three rows of Business Class. This was followed by three rows of seats in the Premium Economy and then Economy Class.
The Air Canada “Executive Pod”Seats cab are installed in a 1-2-1 configuration in Business Class. Thus, the direct aisle access for every passenger is guaranteed. Unlike the old style “Classic Pod” the seats are oblique, built in the so-called reverse Herringbone- or herringbone arrangement, ie facing away from the gear. Along with a modesty panel Air Canada creates a pleasant privacy.
Where is the best seat in the Air Canada Business Class?
As already mentioned, we were in places 1A and 2A. Unfortunately, due to the close proximity to the galley and the front toilet, there was never any real peace of mind. On a night flight a place in the smaller Business Class cabin, e. g. in row 11, is certainly more pleasant and quiet. On the other hand, we were served dinner first, which is not wrong on a 6 hours Red Eye flight.
Air Canada Business Class in the Boeing 777-300ER – Seat
Compared to the previous “Classic Pod”-Concept (Trip Report: Air Canada Airbus A330) Of 2008 was the new “Executive Pod”-Bestuhlung in Air Canadas internationaler Business Class für uns als Kunden ein wirklicher Quantensprung. Die neuen Sitze, welche auf dem Diamond Seat von Rockwell Collins basieren, wurden zusammen mit der Boeing 787 bei Air Canada eingeführt.
After the repairs were finished at the table of my seat, I was allowed to store my stuff. The practical hinged compartment under the window, which contained the power socket, USB socket, headphone socket and the operation of the entertainment system, was open. I liked this very much, because with other airlines I have often searched for the power socket for a long time.
The control of the seat was very easy via a lateral touchscreen display. Besides the various adjustment possibilities of the seat offered a massage function and pneumatic adjusting the degree of hardness in seven steps. Right next to the simple display were also more shortcut keys for the seating position (z. B. sleeping) arranged.
To work and eat a reasonably large table was available. This was free to move along the x and y axis. In addition, a personal LED reading lamp was left of my head mounted, which was easy to position.
After dinner, I put the seat in the sleeping position and pulled my pajamas brought from the Lufthansa First Class (Trip Report) at. The to 2.03 m long and 53 cm wide bed transformed seat offered plenty of space lying down. Even the footwell was generous. A mattress or other bedding, apart from the ceiling and lined the pillow, which already was in my seat during boarding were not offered.
Air Canada Business Class in der Boeing 777-300ER – Entertainment
Air Canada advertises that the screen is the largest at a North American airline with 45.7 diagonal. The control via touchscreen, as well as via the hand controller in the storage compartment was possible. This I could, just like Singapore Airlines in der A350 (Trip Report)use as a second screen. The selection of movies and series was extensive. There have also been offering a variety of on-demand content with German soundtrack. The interactive ticket offered some nice features such as the display of the cockpit instruments.
The sound quality of dealt noise-canceling headphones was fine. However, they were distributed only after the start. However, this may also situated at the mess from the boarding.
My only gripe with the in-flight entertainment, Air Canada, unfortunately, does not offer Wi-Fi on the transatlantic route. Here are other airlines such. example in SAS in der Premium Economy (Trip Report)Already one step ahead.
Air Canada Business Class in der Boeing 777-300ER – Service
After the initial difficulties, the crew started serving the welcome drink. The choice was between champagne, orange juice and water. I treated myself of course, a glass of excellent Drappier of Champagne. So slowly, the situation eased again and the crew made a relaxed and friendly face.
Along with the menu, even a small water bottle, the amenity kit handed out and a Fast Track voucher for entry at London Heathrow, before the start was. The flight attendant asked more quickly our wishes for dinner and breakfast from before we took off. The more attention during the flight was very accommodating and friendly. Periodically drinks were actively offered or asked for further requirements. Business Class Service as a textbook!
Air Canada Business Class on the Boeing 777-300ER - Food and Beverages
The service began shortly after the start with a warm nut mixture and a Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whiskey.
As a starter, we had a smoked duck breast on a Waldorf salad. The apple-mustard puree was well suited to the meat. In addition, standing on the tablet, even a mixed salad with vinaigrette. For starters I chose a matured in oak Chardonnay from the region Niagara (Canada).
The main course I opted for the grilled beef with pepper sauce, mashed potatoes and green asparagus. The meat quality was just right in order and from the cooking point.
Before dessert, I ordered a little cheese, crackers and grapes served before there were then as the grand finale a Zartbitterschokoladenfondant with hazelnut nougat and cranberry-raspberry compote.
The breakfast was so served shortly before Ireland about 1:20 hours before landing. Even before the start I had decided on an American breakfast and a warm blueberry muffin. In summary: tasty but nothing special! The tranquility at breakfast was unfortunately somewhat disturbed by turbulence, making it difficult to enjoy caffeinated hot drinks. ;)
Despite the delayed flying out in Toronto we sat on nearly on time at London Heathrow airport and thanks to the Fast Track dealt voucher to travel to England was done quickly.
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Evaluation of Air Canada Business Class on the Boeing 777-300ER
Insgesamt war ich vom Air Canada Business Class Flug in der Boeing 777-300ER sehr beeindruckt. Der Service war freundlich und effizient, das Catering schmackhaft. Der Sitz bot ausreichend Stauraum, eine absenkbare Armlehne und als Highlight eine Massagefunktion. Im Gegensatz zur alten Bestuhlung “Classic Pod” are the “Executive Pod”-Sitze schräg in der sogenannten reverse Herringbone- oder Fischgrätenanordnung, also vom Gang abgewendet, verbaut. Zusammen mit einer Sichtblende schafft Air Canada eine angenehme Privatsphäre.