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Our Executive First Service provides the ultimate in comfort, convenience and privacy and has helped Air Canada win the prestigious Skytrax Award for Best North American Airline for International Travel two years in a row. Upon boarding, passengers receive a choice of refreshments (including Champagne), amenity kits, large pillows and duvets. Each suite has direct aisle access and converts to a fully flat bed measuring 6 feet 3 inches. Each suite has its own plug for powering up a laptop and a 12-inch AVOD touch screen with hundreds of hours of programming. We offer a wide choice of meals with special attention to premium Canadian ingredients. If you prefer to ease quickly into sleep, the Flexible Meal Option offers a premium meal at any time throughout the flight. Wines are selected by Ken Chase, a world-renowned wine expert and lecturer.
WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AIR CANADA TO U.S. TRAVELERS FOR LONG-HAUL INTERNATIONAL ROUTES?
Connecting through Canada for international travel can save time and increase convenience. Our business strategy is to build the Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver hubs into global connection points. For example, Toronto’s location makes it an ideal North American gateway, offering faster elapsed travel time to Europe and Asia and avoiding the congestion of other major North American airports. Through recent investments in a new terminal at Toronto, Air Canada and its Star Alliance partners have put operations under one roof, making connections virtually seamless; with in-transit pre-clearance, most international travelers can cross international borders with minimal formalities.
WHICH PREMIUM SERVICES WIN THE LOYALTY OF NORTH AMERICAN CONSUMERS?
Air Canada operates one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient fleets of any North American carrier, with an average aircraft age of 11.4 years. We offer special services including priority check-in, priority security in select locations, priority boarding with a dedicated lane as well as priority baggage handling. We operate premium Maple Leaf Lounges in 20 locations at major airports across Canada and at key international locations such as Paris, London and Los Angeles. Our concierge service assists premium travelers with hotel, dining and other reservations.
Customers also accumulate Air Canada status miles when flying on Air Canada, its regional partners and other Star Alliance members. With over 150 retail, financial and travel partners, our frequent-flyer program, Aeroplan, is Canada’s most rewarding loyalty program, allowing travelers to quickly and easily earn miles toward travel rewards and privileges. Finally, through its strategic and commercial arrangements with Star Alliance partner airlines, Air Canada offers service to over 1,160 destinations in 181 countries and provides reciprocal top-tier frequent-flyer benefits.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER WITH AIR CANADA.
I began my airline career with Air Canada in 1994. In 2003, I joined the team that was setting up the Aeroplan loyalty program into a separate company and served as senior vice president, corporate development, at Groupe Aeroplan. I was one of the founding executives who led Aeroplan through its IPO in 2005. I rejoined Air Canada in 2010 as vice president, marketing, overseeing marketing communications, advertising, sponsorships, product design, brand management, new product development, loyalty programs, partnerships and business development.
Since Cheval Blanc, an extraordinary, newly designed and refurbished 72-room hotel owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, launched in September 2021, it has been the talk of the town. Le Tout-Paris remarks about its WOW factor … and the hard-to-get reservations for the 30 seats at Plenitude, the intimate, first-floor gastronomic outlet headed by chef Arnaud Donckele, who earned three Michelin stars at Cheval Blanc Saint Tropez. Reservations are also recommended for Limbar, the ground-floor bakery/café/tea shop/bar where we watched Pastry Chef Maxime Frédéric preparing desserts and an absolute must-have for dinner at Le Tout-Paris, the 7th-floor, all-day brasserie. This brightly colored space, with its raised seating and Fauve-like floor tiles and the adjacent Milanese restaurant, Langosteria, both have access to terraces facing the Seine River, with amazing views encompassing Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower.
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Nevada-based The Spa at Green Valley by Well & Being and The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being celebrate the start of 2022 with new health, wellness and spa treatments available through March 31. Both spas offer an array of treatments for guests wanting to relax and unwind before 2022 kicks into full gear.
To allow visitors to safely and responsibly enjoy their trip to Barbados, the island announced streamlined port entry protocols. Barbados’ Ministry of Health and Wellness released the following protocols for all travelers planning on coming to the island.
Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from California. Surrounded by pristine, crystal-clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be Embraced By Mana. Mana is the life force and spirit that connects all things in The Islands of Tahiti.
Mar Del Cabo launched a new luxury beach fishing experience with an interactive paella workshop for guests. The Los Cabos-based hotel offers guests an immersive experience that takes them through the journey of creating paella, starting with a fishing session.
COJE Management Group raised the bar when it comes to cuisine and cocktails. The Boston-based group, founded by Chris Jamison and Mark Malatesta, offers guests the ultimate dining experience with old-world hospitality and an array of cuisines for every guest to enjoy. With culinary director Tom Berry incorporating the cuisines he encountered during his travels to South America, Cuba, Japan, Southeast Asia and France, each restaurant has distinguished itself as a must for anyone visiting Boston and each is designed exclusively in-house using inspiration from different regions and countries around the world.
Go ahead, take a nice, deep breath. Because a Seabourn voyage is all about this moment you’ve come so far in life to embrace. It’s not an escape, it’s an arrival.