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Air Canada Rouge -  Premium Rouge Review - Boeing 767

Air Canada Rouge - Premium Rouge Review - Boeing 767

Flying in comfort doesn't have to break the bank.

If you are looking for an upgraded economy experience with bells and whistles, Air Canada Rouge offers Premium Rouge - at fares much less than a regular business class ticket.

Rouge is a relatively new, discount airline that flies to almost 50 destinations worldwide.  It's a subsidiary of Air Canada, which means you can still collect Star Alliance points on its flights.

I recently had the opportunity to test out their Boeing 767 Premium Rouge service on flights between Toronto and Dublin.  Here is my review:

The Seats

Seating - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy 767   Photo: Calvin Wood

Seating - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy 767   Photo: Calvin Wood

The seats in Premium were MILES ahead of those in regular economy.  There was a generous amount of room and recline – and it wasn't difficult to sleep.  Amenities included a bottle of water, blanket and pillow.

What I liked most was the space between my seat-mate and myself.  A wide armrest and small table separate us – and allowed each of us to spread out a bit to slumber in relative peace.  It made all the difference in the world!

Headrests - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy 767  Photo:  Calvin Wood

Headrests - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy 767  Photo:  Calvin Wood

I fly business class a lot and I was happy with the seat. However, I didn't go in expecting to see luxurious lie flat beds which costs a couple grand on a regular flight.  For the price the Premium Rouge seat was great!


The Meal Service

Pre-Dinner Cocktails - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy 767   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Pre-Dinner Cocktails - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy 767   Photo:  Calvin Wood

After take-off, the flight attendants began the bar service. Rouge stocked all of the standard libations - including some liqueurs for after-dinner treats.

Cocktails were complimentary for Premium passengers and were served in ‘proper’ glasses for the first round. For some reason subsequent ones were served in plastic cups…maybe the flight wasn’t properly stocked...or maybe that was their way of saying: "Don't drink too much!" 

Dinner - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy 767   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Dinner - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy 767   Photo:  Calvin Wood

For dinner: there was a choice of two entrées on the way to Dublin: Chicken Coq au Vin  - or-  Portobello & Cheese Pasta. On the way back, the selection included:  Grilled Chicken Breast with Demi Glaze Sauce – or – Vegetable Lasagna

Everything was served at once: salad, main and dessert - which was fine as the flights were relatively short.   The portions were generous - and the food was very tasty on both flights.

Lunch - Air CanadaRouge Premium Economy 767   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Lunch - Air CanadaRouge Premium Economy 767   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Entertainment

Entertainment - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy 767   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Entertainment - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy 767   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Rouge doesn't have in-seat entertainment - which seems to be the wave of the future on most airlines.

However, the flight attendants made sure that everyone in the Premium cabin had a complimentary tablet to stream movies and TV shows off the on-board WiFi.   It worked well and I didn’t have any problems.  

The Verdict

Premium Rouge Seat - Air Canada   Photo: Calvin Wood

Premium Rouge Seat - Air Canada   Photo: Calvin Wood

Premium Rouge was definitely better than regular Rouge Coach. If you don’t go in expecting business class, you’ll be more than happy.

What I liked the most – the comfortable seats and the upgraded food options.  I arrived in Dublin completely relaxed and ready to tour the pubs in Temple Bar!

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