Flying Premium Economy with Air Canada

Canada has been high up on our bucket list for years. I was delighted that we finally took the plunge and locked it in as the first destination on our family gap year. From emerald green lakes with stunning mountain backdrops, to incredible wildlife, bears, moose, whales and orcas to name a few, who wouldn’t want to visit? Being a travel enthusiast, I love trying out new airlines, so I was excited to be adding Air Canada to my list. Here is our review of flying Premium Economy with Air Canada.
 
Disclaimer: This post was written in exchange for partial compensation of our airfare by Air Canada. They covered our air fare but we paid our own taxes which were approximately £400 GBP. As usual, all opinions expressed are my own.
 

Comparison between Economy and Premium on International Flights

  Basic Premium Economy
Check In Regular Fast lanes, Access to Airport Lounge
Seat Size 44 cm 50.8 cm
Legroom 78.74 cm 96.52 cm
Recline 12.7 cm 17.8 cm
Food Regular Premium food served on real plates
and additional premium snacks
Baggage 1 checked bag 2 checked bags

 

 

 

 


Flying Premium Economy with Air Canada

Check-in & Baggage

The lead up to our flight was completely hectic, especially as we had been packing our lives up and renting the house out for a year. We really needed it to be an easy check-in process with the kids, for our sanity, we were totally exhausted when we arrived at the airport. Luckily, premium economy passengers can check in at the Super Elite desk in Heathrow. There was no queue and the Air Canada concierge could see we had lots of luggage and two kids so they were incredibly helpful. That immediately made us feel relaxed after a crazy morning.

Flying Premium Economy with Air Canada

We already knew our seats since they were allocated at the time of purchase. Air Canada have a generous baggage allowance of 23kg per seated passenger. I am not sure if that was a good or a bad thing for us, we probably needed to be more ruthless with our packing since we were leaving for a year. On the plus side, it was great not to worry about having overweight baggage.  After gliding through Heathrow security and into the lounge where we spent some time unwinding, it was time to board.

By this time the wheels were starting to fall off the toddler who had been up since 6am. The staff at the desk boarded us quickly and helped settle us into our premium economy seat for the next eight hours from London to Calgary.   

Onboard

I was really impressed with Air Canada. The experience is to a much higher standard then other premium economy services. There was heaps of legroom space, two giant arm rests and a nice recline on the chair. 

Flying Premium Economy with Air Canada

 The entertainment console had loads of movies and the kiddies corner was perfect with games and nursery songs. I was so grateful to have something to keep the three year old entertained for the flight. The attendant also gave Esme the Air Canada kids pack which helped pass some time.  We were lucky enough to have a bassinet for our newborn in the bulkhead seats. It can hold babies up to 12kg and is also long enough for the tall ones. More often than not, bassinets are not long enough on planes. It made for an easier flight not having a baby in my arms the entire way.

Inflight service 

The staff

As soon as we were getting ready to set off, an attendant came and gave me a detailed safety brief on flying with a baby. I was quite impressed since on most other airlines we get handed a belt and asked if we know how to use it.  The attendant also said it would be no problem if we needed milk heated or anything for the kids. The staff were so attentive to our needs as a family. One of them almost wanted Quinn to cry so she could take him for a walk. She told me it’s often her favourite thing to do on a flight which I found so sweet.

 Meals and refreshments

Once we were in the air, we were given those amazing hot towels. Don’t they just feel lovely when you put them on your face? The menu for lunch had two main options. I chose the spinach and ricotta stuffed ravioli, whist hubby had the parmesan and leek filled chicken breast. I think the food in premium economy on Air Canada is really what sets it apart from others. It was so tasty and fresh which I feel many other airlines don’t get right. 

Flying Premium Economy with Air Canada

 

We pre-ordered a child’s meal for our daughter. The main was the same, stuffed ravioli whist she had some different sides such as freshly chopped fruit and some chocolate for dessert. Esme is incredibly fussy so it can only be a good sign If she was enjoying it. Light snacks were plentiful either side of our main meal. From pretzels and ice-cream to a warm meatball wrap, we definitely did not arrive hungry at our destination.

 

Flying Premium Economy with Air Canada

 

Being true to their home country, they had some great beverage choices, such as Canadian Club and Molson Canadian beer which I recommend trying. Once fed and watered, so to speak, they had a nice sleep pack with an eye mask, ear pugs, socks and toothpaste /toothbrush. I would love to say we put it to use but travelling with a toddler does not permit such pleasures.

 

Flying Premium Economy with Air Canada

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Ruth
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Ruth

Flying Premium Economy with Air Canada to Paris from Toronto on Sept. 14. Looking forward to it!

Alisha
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Alisha

Sounds lovely. Although I could complain about our trip from Alberta to Nova Scotia, we didn’t get the same treatment in Economy and you. Our first time flying with a 3.5 year old and we waited 40 minutes in a line up to check our bags and the person says I can’t help you at this one because I don’t accept debit, you need to get in that line. Finally we got to security and they did push us through to the front. We didn’t get boarded first as I expected because we had a child and a car seat;… Read more »

Arlene
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Arlene

I flew Premium Economy to China and found the extra fee to be well worth it. Great service.

Isaac
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Isaac

I think this is pure marketing and not a review at all. To say it’s a review yet it was clearly paid by air Canada for you to take this trip. Furthermore, many details in the review would need an AC Rep to provide. any decent blogger would fully disclose the financial relationships to products they talk about. What were they here?

Martin
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Martin

Before I start let me say this, I fly 25-30 legs per year almost weekly to USA and Overseas. I flew business class several times with Air Canada and I am also a Platinum member of Qatar Airways. I flew premium economy with my wife to paris on July 31, 2017 and upgraded for 416$ CDN per person, and was EXTREMELY disappointed, they advertise amenities like premium wines and spirits, business class meal, priority luggage etc… Well, here is the reality, prior to the flight departure, the lady next seat got a glass of champagne, I asked the attendant for… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I have read some dozen or more reviews and all were very positive,including an unbiased review in one of our leading daily papers. Your review just does not cut paper.

Mike
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Mike

Look forward to our flight in August.

Yuey
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Yuey

Hi! Would you recommend to seat at the first row with a 22 months old in premium economy? We will be flying from Toronto to Shanghai. Thanks!

David
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David

I fly several times a year from YVR to Thailand since I have a second home there. If the fare is reasonable, will usually fly through Taipei and connect to BKK on either EVA Air or China Airlines. The latter has seats with 39″ pitch that slide forward, so there is no interference with other passengers, and the cabin is relatively small. As much as I’d like to try AC, invariably find their fares more expensive than the aforementioned airlines, and they won’t match their service level. For my next flight in late Dec. AC is showing a fare $1,000… Read more »

Shawn S
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Shawn S

I’m flying Vancouver to Hong Kong tomorrow and I upgraded to Premium Economy for $560 CAD. It is a 13 hour 40 minute flight so I think it will be worth it. Thanks for the review!

John nuttall
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John nuttall

Flight Toronto London 9 Feb 2019
General view of Air Canada Premium Economy – garbage.
We are forced to fly Air Canada London to Quebec City 3-4 times a year. We find Air Canada appalling; commercial structure, service, comfort, reliability, it just a nasty airline.
Premium economy is a joke. OK, slightly more width, legroom but that is all. A little better main meal, same synthetic rubbish for breakfast as in cattle class. Service just as bad. It gets worse year on year. Not worth it! I wish they had some competition.

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We had a great experience as mentioned in the article. You don’t seem to be the only one with that opinion but there are many people who seem to share our opinion as well and having flown with many airlines we rate our experience with Air Canada pretty highly!

Karen Ann Smyth
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Karen Ann Smyth

We are traveling Premium Economy from Dublin to Toronto in July and back from Vancouver….. really looking forward to the experience…… we’ve travelled business with Aer Lingus to Canada and it’s fab but getting too pricey unfortunately so hopefully our new experience of PE will be a very positive one ?