A fortuitous deal meant that this would be in Air Canada’s Signature Business Class.
As my flight was leaving from Terminal 2, I started my travel day in the Extime contract lounge rather than the Star Alliance Lounge in Terminal 1.
The lounge was located after security but before passport control and offered a reasonable selection of food and drink.
After around an hour in the lounge I boarded the flight and settled in.
This flight was operated by a 777-300ER with business class seating in a 1-2-1 configuration. All business class seats on this aircraft offer a fully flat bed and direct aisle access.
I was given a small amenity kit and a pre-departure glass of champagne.
The dinner service began shortly after take-off with nuts and another glass of champagne.
The menu and choice of drinks offered an impressive array of options.
The appetiser was tasty and the salad was fresh.
For the main course, I was informed that the beef cheeks were not available. This was not an issue for me, as I had already chosen the chicken curry.
The curry was tasty and unusually for an airline meal, had a nice spicy kick.
I chose the Côtes du Rhône white wine to accompany the main course and this was generously poured and regularly topped up.
I finished off the meal with the cheese platter, a glass or two of port and a couple of brandies.
By this stage there were only around four hours left of the flight, so I decided to put my seat into flat-bed mode for a short nap.
I had a nice two-hour sleep before a light pre-arrival meal of Arabic mezze with fruit and coffee was served, along with a couple of tasty little chocolates.
After this, we began our descent to Montreal, where I had a one-night layover before continuing to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Air Canada’s Signature Class was a very relaxing experience and a thoroughly civilised way to begin my long-haul travels.
I can recommend this product as a very solid option for a trans-Atlantic flight.