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Frankfurt to Montreal with Air Canada in Business Class

Route : FRA to YUL

Airline : Air Canada (AC)

Cabin Class: Business

Aircraft Type: Boeing 777-300ER

Flight Number: AC875

Seat Number: 9A

Date: April 8, 2013

Departure time in Frankfurt (FRA): 13:30

Arrival time in Montreal (YUL): 15:15

Award travel, Business Class flight #13

 

Text and Photos by Arthur Jeciel

 

Lounge

Just before taking our flight to Montreal, we had a chance to visit the Lufthansa Business Lounge, a pretty nice lounge offering basic buffet, free internet, a relaxing room and showers.

Boarding

Using Air Canada's app and adding it to my Passbook, I was able to obtain my boarding pass. Unfortunately, the agent needed the sequence number which is not visible here so I still had to present the original paper I got when I checked in on SAS's website. Boarding actually started about 20 minutes later due to late arrival of the aircraft from Montreal altho we were promised that we would arrive on time, which actually happened. Great!

Seat

The business class cabin has a 1-2-1 configuration, from rows 1-11. Each seat is 51.69 cm wide, with power ports at every seat.

I just love it when the seat turns into a fully lie flat bed. This is pretty much like Air New Zealand's lie flat beds. The only thing lacking were the mattresses and that the pillows of Air Canada were smaller.

Meal

My pre-departure drink...The champagne served on board was Champagne Drappier Carte d'Or Brut from Reims France.

A can of cranberry juice and some nuts before the first meal service...

Appetizer and Salad

 

Sweet Potato Salad with Macadamia Oil, Salmon Gravlax Slices and marinated King Prawn

Mixed Greens with Parmesan, sun-dried Tomato and Chives served with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Main Courses

 

Pan-seared Fillet of Pike Perch presented with Fennel and Tomato Sauce, Tomato Rice Broccoli and grilled Courgettes

 

Each meal was served with a selection of warm breads with butter. The other choices were:

 

Pan-fried Tenderloin of Beef complemented by Red Wine Balsamic Sauce, Potatoes au Gratin, Green Beans and roasted Cherry Tomatoes

 

Roasted Breast of Chicken filled with Garden Vegetables accompanied by creamy Herb Sauce, mashed Potatoes, Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas

 

Pappardelle and pan-seared Courgette served with White Cream Sauce, Black Olive Paste and Red Peppers

Selection of Cheese

 

Camembert, Chaumes and Gouda served with Crackers

Dessert

 

Crunchy Cherry Trifle Cake

 

The other healthier choice was sliced seasonal fruit.

Pre-Arrival Light Meal

 

Chilled plate featuring Country-cured Ham with Tomato and Mozzarella Salad accompanied by Green Pesto

Fresh Orange Segments

Chocolates

In case you get hungry in between the two meals, there is a Selection of Packaged Snacks (always available in the galley). I have to say that Air Canada really offers an excellent dining experience onboard.

Entertainment

The control for the IFE system.

Air Canada's headphone comes with two pairs of disposable ear pads.

After a very lovely dinner, I decided to watch an animated film before taking a nap.

If I were to compare this amenity kit with that of Qatar Airways, which by the way is my favorite, this simply doesn't come close. Air Canada should have at least included a lip balm and hand cream since most airlines have it as standard in business class amenity kits.

Toilet and Lavatory

The lavatory...

Arrival in Montreal

We arrived in Montreal a quarter past three in the afternoon. It was my first time visiting Canada and choosing Montreal as the first city to explore didn't disappoint me.

Conclusion

 

It was my first time flying with Air Canada and being the best carrier in North America according to Skytrax, I have to say that they actually offer very good service and excellent food onboard. The only negative thing I could think of was their amenity kit, and maybe the lack of mattress. Otherwise, a very good airline. To Air Canada, merci beucoup and Au Revoir!

 

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