Opening Soon: Air Canada Signature Suite Vancouver

Filed Under: Air Canada

It looks like the lounge experience for paid Air Canada business class passengers in Vancouver is about to get much better!

What is the Air Canada Signature Suite?

While Air Canada’s standard lounges are known as Maple Leaf Lounges, in 2017 Air Canada opened the Signature Suite at Toronto Airport, which was a new concept for the airline.

Air Canada Signature Suite Toronto

This is located in the international departures area, and is essentially a dining-focused lounge for business class passengers, with a la carte dining. I had the chance to check out the Signature Suite at the time, and was very impressed — as far as I’m concerned this is the best business class lounge dining in the world.


Air Canada Signature Suite dining

Air Canada opening Signature Suite in Vancouver

When the Toronto location opened, Air Canada had stated that they’d consider expanding the concept to other airports. Vancouver is one of the next logical airports for this concept, since it’s one of their three biggest hubs.

Air Canada plans to open a Signature Suite in Vancouver around mid-March 2020. The exact opening date isn’t yet known, but according to Executive Traveller, they’re having a media preview on March 12.

The new Signature Suite is expected to be located on top of their existing international Maple Leaf Lounge, by gate 52 in Pier D.


Air Canada Signature Suite Toronto

Who has access to the Air Canada Signature Suites?

Air Canada restricts Signature Suite access to paid long haul Air Canada business class passengers departing the airport with the Signature Suite:

  • “Long haul” only includes intercontinental flights
  • “Paid” business class only includes those paying cash for tickets, and not those redeeming miles or upgrading
  • There’s no elite status that will get you in, and passengers on Star Alliance partner airlines also don’t get access

Air Canada Signature Suite Toronto

Bottom line

Air Canada has done a spectacular job with their Signature Suite, so it’s great to see that it will soon be available at a second airport.

The unprecedented entry restrictions are quite frustrating, but at the same time this is probably the best business class dining experience you’ll find anywhere in the world. In a way, even those without access should win, since this should alleviate some of the crowding in the Maple Leaf Lounge.

Anyone looking forward to visiting the Signature Suite Vancouver?

Comments
  1. How is taking seating from the MLL going to reduce crowding in the MLL?

    The upstairs was used as overflow seating before.

    So in YVR, it’s going to increase MLL crowding, not decrease it.

  2. I wish there were more reviews about the Signature Suites in general but most of the travel blogging crowd doesn’t seem to fly anything other than award tickets 🙁

    I hope you do a review of this lucky!

  3. AC has done a great job with their SIGNATURE lounges. Glad to hear YVR is opening soon and hopefully YUL later this year. Glad they have kept the strict restrictions. Revenue intercontinental biz psgrs only. NO FREELOADERS!

  4. The food in the YVR International MLL is really bad, especially in the mornings. In addition, one cannot get an alcoholic beverage before 11 am. The Signature Suite can only improve the situation.

  5. I’ve enjoyed the Toronto Pearson Signature Suite on many occasions, in addition to other lounges around the world, and agree that it is the best business class dining experience in the world and easily the best overall lounge in North America by far.

  6. @Lucky — as far as I’m concerned this is the best business class lounge dining in the world.

    Are you including Oman Air lounge at MCT?

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