I nearly panicked when I boarded the Air Canada Boeing 777-300 that will take me to Vancouver, for the connecting flight to Seattle. The First Class cabin did not have the pods that I was used to… just regular seats…
…or so it seemed. In truth they have revamped the cabin and while the pods are gone, the seats are great. There is a true lie-flat bed seat, and instead of the normal 3″x2″ pillow you used to find on your seat, there was a proper full-size pillow and a blanket that looks like a comforter. Once we are in the air I look forward to testing it out.
The new in-flight entertainment system is a huge improvement… the screen looks to be a 15.6″ wide screen, and it does not have to fold out (which means it does not have to be stowed for taxi and take-off).
The pod looks and feels similar to the one on the Singapore Airlines 777 that I flew one leg on last year. Make no mistake – it is nowhere near as nice as the Airbus A380 Business Class on that airline (see article) but it is certainly an improvement over the old Air Canada pods… which I rather liked.
The first time I ever flew in those pods was my flight to Hong Kong, shortly after the Microsoft Airlift for System Center Configuration Manager 2007. My first time in this seat is heading to the WSSC vNext Airlift, seven years later.
The table is not very intuitive, but other than that (and more new ridiculous rules from the FAs) I approve 🙂