Air Canada Rouge, a wholly owned Air Canada subsidiary, markets itself as the stylishly affordable new leisure airline from Air Canada. Carrying passengers since 2013, Air Canada Rouge primarily services international destinations from major Canadian cities e.g. Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto.
I recently flew from Vancouver (YVR) to Los Angeles (LAX) in the Air Canada Rouge Premium Rouge cabin, the Rouge equivalent of business class. Here are all of the details.
Check-in & Boarding
Air Canada Rouge Premium Rouge passengers qualify for priority check-in and boarding – always appreciated!
Fleet & Seat
The exterior components of the Boeing 767-300 aircraft appeared to be older than expected. Upon further research, I discovered that most of the Rouge aircraft were part of the Air Canada fleet before being restyled with Rouge’s retro decor and logo.
The Premium Rouge seat on the Boeing 767-300 was comfortable for the two-hour and 50-minute daytime flight from Vancouver to Los Angeles and included a pillow and packaged blanket. Seats in the Premium Rouge 767-300 cabin are 18.5″ wide, with either a 37″ or 42″ pitch, and a recline of 5″ or 7″ depending on the aircraft.
Although Rouge airplanes lack the seat-back entertainment system offered on most of Air Canada’s flights, you can use the Rouge Player app to stream movies, etc. to your personal device or rent an iPad onboard (complimentary in Premium Rouge and $10 for Rouge passengers). Read more about the Player app here.
The friendly, efficient, and attentive service in the Air Canada Rouge Premium Rouge cabin was some of the best I have experienced on a North American carrier.
Eat & Drink
Complimentary breakfast was either an omelette or oatmeal with fruit and yoghurt accompanied by a choice of hot and cold beverages. Premium Rouge passengers were offered cashews and drinks after the meal service.
Complimentary lounge access is available for Premium Rouge passengers flying to or from Canadian, U.S. or Rouge designated Sun destinations.
Will I fly in Air Canada’s Rouge Premium Rouge cabin again?
As much as I enjoyed the service and retro decor, the older equipment makes it unlikely that I will seek out a flight on Air Canada Rouge. How about you? Have you flown Air Canada Rouge?