Air Canada

Busi­ness Class Toronto Pear­son (YYZ) — Hong Kong (HKG)

Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED & TESTED -

to charge elec­tronic de­vices, as well as a USB port by the side of the seat.

There re­ally isn’t a“bad seat” in busi­ness class, as even the mid­dle seats are an­gled away from each other, mean­ing that in­di­vid­ual pas­sen­gers en­joy ex­cel­lent pri­vacy. I was in 10G, a mid­dle seat to­ward the back of the cabin. An at­ten­dant soon came along with a tray of wel­come drinks – I chose a glass of orange juice.

Ser­vice on the flight was im­pres­sive and I was ad­dressed by name most of the time. Over­all, it was much bet­ter than the ser­vice I had pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced fly­ing on most North Amer­i­can air­lines.

Ev­ery busi­ness class seat came with an amenity kit, bed­ding and a bot­tle of min­eral wa­ter. Browsing through the in-flight en­ter­tain­ment op­tions, I found the touch­screen to be in­tu­itive and the sound qual­ity from the head­phones was ex­cel­lent.

Flight AC15 took off at 1020, ap­proach­ing cruis­ing al­ti­tude ten min­utes later. A second round of drinks was served along with an in-flight din­ing menu; this time I chose Moko Black Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, a New Zealand wine that was re­fresh­ingly crisp.

Lunch ser­vice be­gan just be­fore 12 noon with a tuna ap­pe­tizer. For my main course, I chose the sable­fish – a sig­na­ture dish by Van­cou­ver fine din­ing chef David Hawksworth. It was de­li­cious, soft and flaky, and the brown rice and bok-choy added tex­ture. I chose to skip the cheese course and had the dark choco­late fon­dant cake with a sweet black­berry com­pote in­stead.

After lunch, it was time to get some sleep, so I re­clined my seat into its fully-flat con­fig­u­ra­tion, laid out my bed­ding and got eight full hours of un­in­ter­rupted sleep on the com­fort­able and sup­port­ive bed.

The brunch ser­vice be­gan roughly two hours be­fore ar­rival, but it was a for­get­table af­fair. I opted for the pars­ley omelet and was rather dis­ap­pointed. (Ad­mit­tedly, I’ve yet to be im­pressed by any omelet served in the air.)

De­scent was an­nounced at 1230, with a new ar­rival time of 1320 – more than an hour ahead of sched­ule. The plane landed and ap­proached the gate five min­utes later.

An ex­cel­lent busi­ness class seat that was matched by very good ser­vice and pre­mium ameni­ties. How­ever, the same can’t be said for Air Canada’s ground op­er­a­tions, which didn’t cope well with the dis­rup­tions.

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