Air Canada Rouge – Premium Rouge Review– Boeing 767 to Barcelona (BCN)
It’s been about a year since I flew Rouge’s Premium Economy – and I jumped at the chance to fly it again on a recent trip to the capital of glam: Barcelona. Premium Rouge is an inexpensive, fab way to cross the Atlantic. For $200 extra (when I booked) I arrived in Spain – pampered, relaxed, and refreshed! Well worth it!
Here’s a review of my flight from Montreal to Barcelona on their Boeing 767 equipment (with a few pictures from the return flight to Toronto!):
If you are used to regular economy seats – you’re going to love the Premium Rouge ones. Plenty of room, comfortable padding, in-seat power, and additional reclining capabilities. These extra’s make a huge difference – and changes the whole inflight experience from one of endurance to one of enjoyment!
Since I was in a bulk-head seat, I had the added benefit of having no-one recline in front of me. Some people say there’s not as much leg room up there – but that’s totally not true (unless you are an NBA player!).
One note though - don’t go in expecting lay flat business class seats. Those normally cost $2000 plus one way to Europe after all!
Air Canada offered a full beverage service in Premium Rouge – and everything was included. Beers, wines, sprits, and after dinner liquors.
About twenty minutes after take-off the flight attendants were in the aisles with a zippy cocktail and nut service. I went for a smooth Glenlivet single malt scotch whisky to get things going.
I followed this with a crisp Silene des Peyrals Sauvignon Blanc – and to cap everything off I went for a classic (sleep inducing) Bailey’s! All in all, a marvelous beverage selection that was simular to what many airlines offer in business class.
On my flight out of Montreal, Rouge served an exceptionally tasty Portuguese Chicken Piri Piri. What a fantastic dish! It didn’t look that great appearance wise – but it blew me away. I had to look up the origins of the recipe after my flight (Angolan – imported to Portugal by the way!).
The meal came with a fresh green salad – and a delightful lemon cake.
On my flight, back – Rouge served a generous portion of baked chicken (almost two breasts!) with polenta – and a scrumptious bunt cake that oozed liquid chocolate!! Too bad there wasn’t any room for seconds!
Breakfast was basic: coffee and a spice loaf. I was fine with that after eating such a huge meal only hours earlier. Plus we were landing at what was really 4 AM in the morning so I wasn't hungry.
When I first boarded, there was a pillow and a bright red blanked on my seat. They were perfect and allowed me to slumber peacefully as I crossed the Atlantic.
Rouge also gave everyone an amenity kit with eye shades, earplugs, socks and toothpaste. I didn’t expect these extra’s – but was thrilled to take advantage of them inflight! (Eyeshades and earplugs are essentials to sleep on an airplane!)
Air Canada Rouge has definitely improved their entertainment library since the last time I flew with them.
Everyone in Premium Rouge still gets a free iPad that streams movies over wifi (many of these would be catalogued as "classics"). However, Rouge has also added several up-to-date movies that are directly loaded onto the iPad for their premium customers. There was a LOT to pick from!
If you want to indulge just a bit – but not pay movie star prices – Air Canada Rouge has a fantastic premium product on its international flights. It’s (slightly) more expensive than their regular economy seats – but the service, comfort and room (especially the room!) – is miles ahead of what they offer in the back! I wouldn’t hesitate to upgrade to this option again in the future!