Air Canada – YUL-BRU
The first stop on this 7 city vacation was a long layover in Montréal(YUL) before my flight out to Brussels(BRU). I didn’t mind this layover, in fact I was looking forward to it because of the opportunity to head downtown for a few hours. So I landed in YUL and headed to baggage storage on the ground floor. The fee was minimal and charged per bag. On that same level there is a bus, #747, that heads directly downtown within 30-40 minutes. Unfortunately there is no metro line from YUL. I did a bit of leisurely walking and window shopping then finally settled down for a snack before heading back to the airport.
Once back , I collected my bags and checked in for my flight. I actually decided not to do my traditional carry-on bag because I knew that I would be bringing a few things home – Belgian Chocolate – and didn’t want to smush it so I said my ‘don’t lose my baggage prayer’ checked my luggage and headed up to the Maple Leaf Lounge. Note, when checking my bag at DCA for the first leg to BRU, the attendant mentioned that my bag was checked all the way through to BRU and that I would not need to collect the luggage in YUL. She said to double-check when I landed. I did in fact check with the Air Canada staff when I landed. They checked my baggage sticker and confirmed that my luggage would be waiting for me when I landed in BRU. Well, I am not sure why I asked anyway because I decided to head down to baggage claim and guess what was on the baggage ramp going round and round! Yep, my baby! Do you realize how disruptive it would have been if I landed in BRU ready to hit the ground running with so much to see and do without my luggage – uuggghhhh. Lesson learned here, trust but verify.
The Lounge was pretty much one long area with seating. Everyone has a window view and there was also an area for internet usage and the wifi was fine. As you can see there was lots of room for my visit – no crowding. There was plenty to eat and drink but I was saving my appetite for the flight.
This vacation would include a few firsts. This would be my first Air Canada, Royal Jordanian and Lufthansa flights. I used my US Airways Star Alliance miles to book this business class flight prior to US Air’s exit from Star Alliance. Everything went smoothly with honoring the miles etc. This was a two-cabin configuration and labeled “Executive First Class” (cabin video). I like this configuration, especially when flying solo because you feel secluded from everyone, much more private.
The seats are 6’ 3″ long in lie-flat mode and 21″ wide with a message feature. The movie selection was extensive with recent release movies.
Everything was well received with the seating. Very comfortable but not very clean. There were crumbs easily visible in some of the cubby areas…yuck. I always bring my anti-bacterial wipes anyway.
The cabin crew started right away with a choice of drinks and the meal service started soon after take-off
I have no complaints about the food on the flight but there was nothing I would consider outstanding either. The shrimp starter was fresh, very good but the chicken entrée was just average. Still nothing so far has surpassed the Turkish Air meals.
Everyone was professional and attentive with departure and landings right on time. I would say don’t expect to be wowed but there is nothing disappointing either. Having a good meal with wine and the ability to doze off comfortably while watching a great movie was a great way to begin this journey.
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