Getting on an airplane at 12:05AM is not the most pleasant experience. Having that flight delayed until 1:08AM makes it even worse. Add to that the flight from Calgary to Toronto is only 3 hours and 7 minutes often makes the redeye a tough pill to swallow.
Normally I wouldn’t take a flight at this hour, especially towing around a 7 year old but sometimes you make compromises when travelling on award tickets. Luckily, we were booked in Business Class on the flight so as soon as we took off, we all went to bed.
Air Canada’s 767-300 has a 1-2 reverse herringbone configuration so my wife and daughter took 2 seats facing each other while I sat in the single seat aisle. When travelling alone, the “throne” seat on the 1 side of the 1-2 configuration, offers excellent privacy and plenty of room, however, if you are travelling as a family, the reverse herringbone makes it difficult to communicate with your family without feeling like you are encroaching on the space of the other people in the paired aisle.
As I woke up only about 20 minutes outside of Toronto, I opted not to eat breakfast on the plane. AC domestic food is not the greatest and on this particular flight, they served the AC omelette, which at the best of times is unappealing.
Outside of being an hour late to push back, the flight was comfortable enough but if I weren’t flying Business Class as part of a larger trip, I would be hard pressed to recommend Air Canada’s Business Class Product … at least domestically.