This wasn’t just my first time in Air Canada Business Class. It was actually my first time in any international business class!  The premium experience delivered by Air Canada did not disappoint. A lie-flat seat, 5 star food, unlimited champagne, and my own personal space made the transatlantic flight a breeze. It was probably the first time in my life I actually wished the flight was longer (it was only 6 hours, 35 minutes). I was so busy eating, drinking, and watching movies, I didn’t even have much time to sleep. I’m not going to lie, this flight completely ruined me for all future long-haul flights. Fortunately, this was the first of a couple flights in business class on a 4 month trip round the world.

Flight Details:

Air Canada 870
Montreal (YUL) – Paris (CDG)
August 22nd, 2016
Depart: 9:00 P.M.
Arrive: 9:35 A.M. (+1 day)
Duration: 6hr, 35min
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Seat: 2A (Business Class)

Air Canada Business Class Cabin

Air Canada Business Class interior on a Boeing 777 300ER with a 1-2-1 seat configuration.

Air Canada Personal Pod & Seat

In the 2nd half of 2016, Air Canada began retrofitting all of its 777-300ERs and 777-200LRs with the same business class found on its 787 Dreamliners. On those aircraft, every passenger now has their own “pod” with a lie-flat seat/bed and direct isle access.

Air Canada Business Class Food & Drink

As soon as the flight took off, a flight attendant came around taking drink orders. Champagne was a fitting choice for my occasion, but pretty much any kind of alcohol was available. Best of all, its unlimited and free!

Appetizer: Smoked trout Nicoise salad, roasted garlic aioli
Salad: Mixed greens, grape tomatoes, vinaigrette

Main Course: Grilled AAA beef tenderloin, cabernet peppercorn sauce, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, asparagus

Dessert: Dark chocolate fondant, hazelnut praline, blueberry ginger compote

Breakfast: Parsley omelette accompanied by chicken sausage, cottage cheese, roasted red skin potatoes, and red pepper relish. I also ordered mixed fruit, oatmeal, and orange juice.

Air Canada Business Class Entertainment System

Tips on Booking

Air Canada has multiple wide-body, long-haul aircraft (A330, 767, 777, and 787). The business class featured in this article is only on Boeing 777s and 787s. Airbus A330s and Boeing 767s feature a much older and less desirable business class. When you’re researching a flight, just click on “flight details” to make sure you will be on a 777 or 787. The example below is from Kayak.com, but flight details should be shown on most booking engines and Air Canada’s website.

 

If you book through Air Canada’s website, you should be able to select a seat. To make sure you have the right business class, the seating will be 4 across and every seat will have direct isle access. A330s will be 3 across and 767s will either be 3 or 6 across.

 

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