Airline Review: Air Canada long haul Economy Class
The Air Canada long haul Economy Class is one of the best products for transatlantic travel. In this review, I’ll explain what makes me draw a positive line about Air Canada, which I had the change to try on a return flight from Paris to Montreal in a Boeing 777-300ER.
When a great fare showed up, I decided to book a direct return from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Montreal. The flight was operated by Air Canada’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with a modern interior. Those planes come with Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.
While I had the chance to fly many premium cabins in my life, this time I found myself in Economy Class. However, that proofed to be totally fine for the outbound journey, the inbound was somewhat disappointed as you’ll read in this extensive airline review!
Seating in the Air Canada long haul Economy Class
The Air Canada long haul Economy Class comes with two large Economy Class cabins with a total of 336 seats. I found myself in the first of the two cabins, which ended up being fairly empty on the outbound flight, while it was totally packed on the return. I had the chance to try a seat in the middle row (empty row) and an aisle seat in the window row on the return. Air Canada’s cabin looks very stylish with dark blue seats with light colorful elements.
Upon boarding, the cabin made a good impression on me, especially as it was in a very good condition. It reminded a bit of the very modern cabin in the brand new LATAM Boeing 787 Economy Class.
The seats didn’t disappoint either. All seats in the Air Canada long haul Economy Class come with an adjustable headrest, which proofed to be comfortable.
Furthermore, a pillow and a blanket are waiting at the seat upon boarding. The seats were fairly comfortable for the seven / eight hours flight between the two cities.
The seat pitch isn’t bad either with 31 inch.
All in all, I’d say that the Air Canada Economy Class seating is comfortable enough and makes rides over the Atlantic comfortable and enjoyable.
Catering in the Air Canada long haul Economy Class
The catering in the Air Canada long haul Economy Class was decent, while not amazing. On my journey to Montreal, lunch was served after departure. I had the vegetarian option, which was a pasta dish with some veggies and cheese.
Other than that, the lunch menu came with a quinoa salad, a bread roll and a packaged cookie. Everything was edible, but I wouldn’t say that the Air Canada catering amazed me.
Before landing, I was offered a snack. The Chicken Fajita Pastry was good enough.
On the return journey, I opted for the chicken, which was served with potatoes and veggies. This meal came with a potato salad, a roll and a chocolate cake.
The main was a bit better than on the other flight, while the salad was disappointing.
All in all, my experience with the Air Canada catering wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t worse than what other airlines serve in Economy Class either.
Entertainment in the Air Canada long haul Economy Class
Air Canada offers a wide range of entertainment options, yet no WiFi. The entertainment offerings starts with the boarding magazine, which I found to be entertaining.
Then there’s the typical entertainment screen, which happened to be quite modern. On the plus side, the choice and the responsiveness were very good. The same is true for the resolution of the screen. On the negative side, the entertainment options all came with lots of ads, which I found to be annoying.
However, the worst thing about the system happened to be (and other passengers) on the return. On the nighttime flight to Paris, my entertainment system automatically popped on and off everything 30 seconds, a full seven hours long. In addition, the crew call sign and light switched off and on all the time, too. The crew tried to fix the issue, but failed. Compensation wasn’t offered either. This left me quite disappointed in the very end.
Amenities in the Air Canada long haul Economy Class
On both of my flights in the Air Canada Economy Class, no amenities whatsoever were offered. There were neither an amenity kit nor any amenities on the lavatory. Speaking of the letter, while clean in the beginning, the cleanliness wasn’t the best at the end of the flight.
Other than that, it’s noteworthy that there’s a power plug between all seats, which means that there are two power ports for three seats each in the window rows and three power ports for four seats in the middle row. The ports were functional and there wasn’t any issue with charging.
Overall impressions of the Air Canada long haul Economy Class
While my return journey was quite a pain due to the malfunctioning entertainment system, my overall impression of Air Canada was still quite good, maybe on the same level as my flight in the Qatar Airways Economy Class. The cabin in the Boeing 777-300ER was modern and in an immaculate condition. The seats are comfortable, offer a good adjustable headrest and a decent seat pitch. The entertainment options are good, but adding WiFi would make the experience even better. Nevertheless, I’d recommend the Air Canada long haul Economy Class overall.