Hmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2114 posts, RR: 5 Posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3181 times:
Is Air Canada Executive/First class comparable to First Class on other airlines, such as British Airways, for example? I ask because the fare from Toronto to London on BA in First is about twice the fare on Air Canada in Executive/First - $12,324 vs. $6,384 - no restrictions on either fare.
[Edited 2006-12-26 23:35:15]
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IMatAMS From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3167 times:
AC's Executive First class is a business class, not a first class and should be compared to other biz. classes. AC only offers 2 classes of services, no first class. the First in the name is to indicate the difference with the (north american) Executive Class...
SNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3250 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3162 times:
I personally wouldn't say so. The premium cabins I've flown internationally are: AA business, LH business, LH first, and AC executive first. From those experiences I'd say that AC executive first slots in between AA/LH business and LH first. Don't get me wrong, I like AC's product, but usually in full first there's more attention to detail (pyjamas, more upmarket choice in food, a better / roomier / flat seat, etc.).
Also, the AC seats are not anywhere near as good as the BA first ones, with the exception of a singly B767 which has had the recent makeover.
I have a trip report on my experience on AC's executive first, if it's helpful:
ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 2003 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3122 times:
Quoting SNATH (Reply 2): Also, the AC seats are not anywhere near as good as the BA first ones, with the exception of a singly B767 which has had the recent makeover.
There are two 763s now, with one in the shop. In addition to this all the new 777s coming from Boeing will also have the new seats in J. AC also has two different J classes, Executive First which is for international flights, and Executive Class which is mainly used on domestic runs. The Executive First is closer to a First Class, while the Executive Class, is closer to a business class. Hope this helps: http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/onboard/cabincomfort.html
This is a link to ACs website where it has a little information on each class.
Edit: I do not know when you plan to go to LHR, but AC is planning to put the XM aircraft on that route first, as well the 777s will be put on this route. IMO take AC, save some money and if you get on one of the project XM aircraft you will truly have an excellent flight.