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Air Canada Rouge – Premium Rouge Review– Boeing 767 to Barcelona (BCN)

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!):

Seats

 Premium Rouge Seats - Air Canada Rouge B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

Premium Rouge Seats - Air Canada Rouge B767  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Premium Rouge Cabin - Air Canada Rouge   Photo: Calvin Wood

Premium Rouge Cabin - Air Canada Rouge  Photo: Calvin Wood

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!

 Bulkhead - Premium Rouge Economy B767    Photo: Calvin Wood

Bulkhead - Premium Rouge Economy B767   Photo: Calvin Wood

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! 

 In Seat Power - Air Canada Rouge    Photo: Calvin Wood

In Seat Power - Air Canada Rouge   Photo: Calvin Wood

Drinks

 Single Malt Scotch -Air Canada Rouge Premium    Photo: Calvin Wood

Single Malt Scotch -Air Canada Rouge Premium   Photo: Calvin Wood

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.  

 Wine Service - Air Canada Premium Rouge    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Wine Service - Air Canada Premium Rouge   Photo:  Calvin Wood

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.

 After Dinner Liquors  - Air Canada Premium Rouge    Photo: Calvin Wood

After Dinner Liquors  - Air Canada Premium Rouge   Photo: Calvin Wood

Food

 Chicken Piri Piri - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy    Photo: Calvin Wood

Chicken Piri Piri - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy   Photo: Calvin Wood

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!).

 Salad - Air Canada Premium Economy    Photo: Calvin Wood

Salad - Air Canada Premium Economy   Photo: Calvin Wood

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!

 Lemon Cake Dessert - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy    Photo: Calvin Wood

Lemon Cake Dessert - Air Canada Rouge Premium Economy   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Hot Chocolate Cake - Air Canada Premium Rouge  B 767    Photo: Calvin Wood

Hot Chocolate Cake - Air Canada Premium Rouge  B 767   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Baked Chicken Main  - Air Canada Rouge - Premium Economy   Photo: Calvin Wood

Baked Chicken Main  - Air Canada Rouge - Premium Economy  Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

 A light breakfast - Air Canada Rouge - Premium Economy    Photo: Calvin Wood

A light breakfast - Air Canada Rouge - Premium Economy   Photo: Calvin Wood

 

Amenities

 Bedding - Air Canada Rouge - Premium Economy    Photo: Calvin Wood

Bedding - Air Canada Rouge - Premium Economy   Photo: Calvin Wood

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. 

 Amenity Kit - AIr Canada Rouge - Premium    Photo: Calvin Wood

Amenity Kit - AIr Canada Rouge - Premium   Photo: Calvin Wood

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!)

 Socks, Eye Shade, Ear Plugs & Tooth Paste - Premium Rouge    Photo: Calvin Wood

Socks, Eye Shade, Ear Plugs & Tooth Paste - Premium Rouge   Photo: Calvin Wood

Entertainment

 Personal iPads in Premium Rouge - Air Canada Rouge

Personal iPads in Premium Rouge - Air Canada Rouge

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!

My Verdict

 Air Canada Rouge - Boeing 767    Photo: Calvin Wood

Air Canada Rouge - Boeing 767   Photo: Calvin Wood

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! 

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