Flight Review: Air Canada Business Class New York-LaGuardia – Toronto

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SEAT COMFORT

Air Canada’s business-class cabin on the A319 offers 14 recliner seats in a 2-2 configuration. My seat, 2A, was the bulkhead seat in the left side of the cabin. Each seat is 21.1” wide with a seat pitch of 38” although my bulkhead row had significantly greater pitch.

Especially given the short duration of the flight, the seat was quite comfortable and each seat had its own electrical outlet as well as a touchscreen display for the in-flight entertainment system.

IN-FLIGHT SERVICE

Once we attained cruising altitude, the cabin crew began the service, which started with a selection of drinks including wine and spirits. Continuing with my all-Canadian theme, I opted for a glass of Riesling from a Canadian vintner, Vineland Estates Winery, based in Ontario. I found it light-bodied and slightly tart, the perfect start for a flight.

The author's seat

The author’s seat

Despite the short flight duration, we were served a lovely small plate, consisting of smoked salmon on pumpernickel bread, cheese, and fresh fruit.

The flight attendants working in the business-class cabin were attentive and were constantly in the aisle refilling drinks and checking on passengers’ needs.

The entrée was followed a choice of coffee or tea as we began our initial descent into the Toronto metropolitan area.

ARRIVAL

We were wheels down at 4:47 p.m., nine minutes later than scheduled, but still arrived 19 minutes early at the gate, at 4:56 p.m. I was through the extremely efficient and well-organized passport control area in minutes and on the way to my hotel shortly thereafter.

BOTTOM LINE

The combination of an early arrival, wonderful Canadian wine, excellent in-flight service, and a small but tasty meal made for a great start of my trip. I was only sorry that the flight was so short I didn’t have more time to enjoy it.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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