Air Canada to Open Signature Suite Pre-Flight Dining Concept

By Anna Breuer on 29 November 2017
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IMG_0477TORONTO—Air Canada unveiled its new Signature Suite lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The lounge, which is slated to open to passengers on December 1, is available to passengers traveling in the airline’s International Business class and offers sit-down dining as well as small plates from a menu created by David Hawksworth, a highly regarded chef from Vancouver.

Once at the airport, travelers will check in for the flight, clear security, and be driven across the tarmac in a BMW to Terminal 1’s international departures pier.

Passengers will be able to choose from a variety of seating areas including a sit-down dining room, a private dining room, a cocktail bar, and a conversation pit. The Signature Suite lounge can accommodate up to 160 people and, when it opens, only those traveling on paid International Business fares will be eligible to use the facility, although the airline said it will reevaluate that policy after the lounge is up and running.

“The Air Canada Signature Suite provides premium Air Canada customers with a luxury experience unrivalled in North America,” said Benjamin Smith, who serves as president of passenger airlines at the carrier.

The décor, designed by Montreal architecture and design firm Heekyung Duquette, is tranquil and uses natural materials including Canadian maple. Two prominent works of art are in the sit-down dining room: a mural of a forested Canadian landscape by Ottawa artist Gavin Lynch occupies the long wall and a Cloudscape Chandelier by the Toronto design firm Moss & Lam hovers over the space.

Jonathan Spira contributed reporting to this story.

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