Flight Check: Air Canada Signature Class

About a year ago Air Canada rolled out their new Signature Class Service. This refined offering replaced their previous International Business Class product onboard and made a number of enhancement on the ground including a gorgeous new dining lounge in Toronto.

The Air Canada Signature Class cabin is offered on flights to and from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America on board their mainline Boeing 787, 777, 767 and Airbus A330 aircraft.

Air Canada Signature Service offers dedicated check-in counters, expedited security clearance, lounge access, exclusive boarding lanes, priority baggage handling and more. They’ve also introduced a BMW chauffeur driven transfer service between terminals for their Toronto hub.

On board, Air Canada Signature Class offers a new mattress pad and amenity kit, duvet and pillow and improved inflight dining and drinks.

The Seat

All long haul flights feature B/E Aerospace Super Diamond reverse herringbone lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration except their legacy B767 and A330 planes which still use their older pods.

The B787-8 and B787-9, B777-200 LR and B777-30 ER have a light, airy cabin feel while Air Canada’s inflight crew consistently earn high marks. Air Canada has been Skytrax’s Best North American Carrier seven out of the nine last years and for good reason.

Signature ClassAir Canada Signature Suite Dining

In Toronto Air Canada has introduced what we feel is the best lounge experience in North America, their new Signature Suite which offers champagne, à la carte dining, impeccable service and a clam, relaxed atmosphere more akin to a fine dining restaurant than an airport lounge. However only travelers with a paid business class fare can access it, no upgrades and no SuperElite 100ks. We think exceptions should be made for SuperElite 100ks as they have to earn 100,000 miles and spend $20,000 qualifying dollars each year to maintain the status and so its a very small segment of their audience.

Signature Class

The bottom line is Air Canada’s Signature Class takes the best airline in North America to new heights. The quality and consistency of their hard and soft product rivals that of the best airlines in the world which matters as the industry is global, competitive and more innovative all the time.

If you plan on experiencing Air Canada’s product and visiting the Great White North you should also check out this article on the best time to book a flight. It also has lots of handy tips on visiting Canada’s major cities.