Air Canada Business Class Flight 864 Montreal, Canada – London, England
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is one of Canada’s busiest and offers non-stop flights within North America and to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
It was here that my journey from New York to London, which started a few hours earlier at New York’s La Guardia Airport, would continue. Upon alighting from the LaGuardia flight, an Air Canada concierge escorted me to a Maple Leaf lounge close to my departure gate. Since I was connecting internationally, there was no need to clear Canadian customs and immigration.
The multi-level lounge, located near gate 52, offered a variety of warm and cold dishes as well as various types of seating, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing excellent views of airport operations. Many passengers were having a full dinner in anticipation of a long overnight flight but I just noshed as I had enjoyed a satisfying meal on my flight from New York.
Air Canada invites its business-class passengers to board ahead of other groups and the process started about 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
When I arrived at the gate, boarding was already in progress, but I was one of the first on the plane, where two flight attendants were welcoming passengers, hanging up coats and jackets for business-class passengers, and directing traffic.
We pushed back from the gate at 8:34 p.m., one minute earlier than planned and wheels up took place at 9:02 p.m., one minute later than scheduled.