Review: Air Canada Rouge Economy 767-300ER Montreal to Rome

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Hello Everyone, and welcome back to this next, quite pleasant, segment on Air Canada’s low-cost airline: Air Canada Rouge. This flight was from Montreal Trudeau to Rome. One thing to keep in mind if you are trying to fly this flight is that at the time when I flew on this route (July 2015), it was operated by an Air Canada Rouge 767-300ER. This route was seasonal. However, I guess it became more popular, so the route has been moved to the main airline Air Canada’s A330-300. But now to the report:

We had just landed in Montreal from a not-so-good flight from Los Angeles. After transiting through security to the international side (The most exciting of the terminals), I began to spot some before eating:

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Swiss International Airlines A330-300 to Zurich
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Lufthansa A330-300 to Frankfurt Main
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Retro-livery Air Canada Airbus A319-100 to no idea where
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Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER to London Heathrow

There were plenty more planes, but I could not get good photos of them. But anyways, we walked around and explored the terminal. I quite liked the liveliness, the variety of restaurants, and just the general vibe of the terminal.

Oh, just to note regarding lounges at the international side and who gets access:

  1. Maple Leaf Lounge
    1.  Air Canada Business Class passengers
    2. Star Alliance Business/First Class Passengers
    3. Star Alliance Gold Members with valid boarding pass of same day flight
    4. AC Aeroplan Super Elite 100K, Elite 75K, and Elite 50K with valid boarding pass of same day flight
    5. American Express Aeroplan Reserve, Platinum, or Corporate Platinum Card Holders with same day flight
    6. Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Members
    7. Access by Purchase of lounge access for passengers on AC latitude/Flex fare
  2. National Bank World Mastercard Lounge
    1. National Bank (World/Elite World) Mastercard holder
    2. Access by purchase (not 100% sure on this one)
  3. Desjardins Odyssey Lounge
    1. Odyssey® Line credit card holder
    2. access by purchase

I had Star Alliance Gold for this flight, but there were 4 of us, so I could only bring ONE other person, so we didn’t go to the Maple Leafe lounge. Instead, we ate better food:

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Sausage Pizza

This Chicken Sausage Pizza with sauteed Caramel Onions was delicious and guaranteed better than anything that could have been found in the Maple Leaf Lounge. Soon, we decided to head to our gate, which I’m guessing was in an older part of the international terminal because the jetway for our gate was a much older design and appeared more used than the other gates. While we waited, our plane was towed in, and my God was it gorgeous. I won’t put the full video here, though that can be seen for the youtube video of the flight, here are some pictures:

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Air Canada 767-300ER
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Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER

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Gate 1 huh? Go Figure why I thought this was an older part of the terminal. Boarding began with all Premium Rouge Passengers ( the business class equivalent of US domestic first). We were Star Alliance Gold so we boarded next and soon on the plane:

Air Canada Rouge

YUL-FCO Boeing 767-300ER

Initially, upon boarding the plane, it was very hot. My guess was that after this plane’s arrival in the early afternoon hours, passengers deplaned, and it was not connected to a GPU source, so the plane basically became a heat accumulating tube. About half-way through boarding, after I finally asked one of the flight attendants, the AC was switched on.

Now to the seat itself: It was pretty standard, it was soft enough for an 8-hour flight, though definitely not for anything longer, such as the return flight from Rome. The width was alright, thought if you are a “wider one”, you and/or the passenger next to you might become a little uncomfortable during the flight. But, the legroom was more than enough for me at least (5′ 10″). Do take note that there is no individual TV at each seat. So how do you entertain yourself on Air Canada Rouge? All the entertainment is on the Air Canada app. So this is very important. Do be sure to download the Air Canada app prior to boarding so you can access the in-flight entertainment. However if you forget,

So how do you entertain yourself on Air Canada Rouge? All the entertainment is on the Air Canada app. So this is very important. Do be sure to download the Air Canada app prior to boarding so you can access the in-flight entertainment. However, if you forget, they do have iPads for use during the flight. They cost $10 for rouge (Economy) and rouge plus (Economy plus) passengers, and are complimentary for Premium Rouge (Business) passengers.

I personally go about all my flights enjoying the views and watching the in-flight tracker, not watching TV shows or movies. I feel those are for non-av enthusiasts (if watched in large quantities, of course).

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Wing view seat 36K

Eventually, boarding was finished and we were on our way. The safety briefing was done manually by the crew. Speaking of which, I did note that all the members of the cabin crew were young. ALL were young. So I guess it seems that the older Air Canada crew are on the mainline while some of the younger ones are here. I’m not quite sure how that works out. If you are an applicant below a certain age, do you have to work on Rouge? Do you get to chose between Rouge and mainline Air Canada? I don’t know those details.

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Taxing to runway 24L

Back to the flight, our departure was from runway 24L, the same runway number as one of LAX’s main departure runways. Our climb was initially choppy, but it gradually became smoother as time went on. IMG_0474

One thing, if you haven’t noticed yet, is that the window was incredibly dirty. So all the resulting photos had a lot of glare.

As the sun started to set, the views became nice outside, except for the dirt on the window:

 

At the same time, snack service began which consisted of peanuts and a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage. I went to use the bathroom after the snack service and managed to catch a picture of the dinner cart: IMG_0476

Dinner was served immediately after:

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Dinner boxed
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Dinner un-boxed

Ok, so keep in mind this is technically supposed to be a low-cost carrier, so everything is a cheap version of what it would be on the main airline. So starting with the main course, it was good for what it was. The chicken had a light taste to it, but that’s perfectly fine for a leisure airline. The couscous was actually tastier, but I’m not a big fan of it, so I liked the chicken more. To the left was a potato salad which was tasteless. It was actually tasteless. I put it in my mouth, and I could feel the texture, but I could not taste anything. It was a cold salad too, so I could only feel the salad, and taste the temperature, but not the actual salad itself. The brownie was tasty and chewy, which I liked very much.

One thing good about Air Canada all across the board is that you will never be dehydrated. You get a bottle of water with every meal, but also, they also walk around with a tray full of water frequently. I take full advantage of that because I’m the kind of person who consumes a lot of water. Soon after the meal I slept for a couple hours and woke up to these views:

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Early Morning
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Early Morning

Once again, the dirty window made it hard to take a proper picture.

Soon, daytime arrived, and breakfast service began. We got one slice of Banana bread and a choice of drink. My sister was not hungry, so she gave me her bread. So Apple juice and 2 slices of Banana bread it was. The bread was quite good actually. There were no chocolate chips, but the bread was sweet, soft, and the edges were extra tasty, so I enjoyed that. Of course, that took the taste out of my apple juice, but I consumed water to clear my palette of the banana bread before drinking apple juice.

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The rest of the flight was full of amazing views after amazing views. Below is a video of flying over the French alps. We flew over many more nice places, but all those clips are on the video for this flight.

 

Eventually, we began our descent into Rome. The landscape was interesting as we were arriving into Rome.

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Descending into Rome

The final approach was GORGEOUS. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! You have to see the YouTube video if you haven’t. I feel so bad I didn’t actually take pictures, but rather just filmed. But the sights were lovely of the coast. The touchdown was very smooth and on time, and our taxi to the gate was just a couple of minutes.

There was some interesting traffic parked next to us as we taxied to our parking spot.

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Skyteam Colors Alitalia 777-200
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Qatar 787-8
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Parked

What a fun little party it was: Star Alliance parked next to One world who was parked next to SkyTeam.

We deplaned through the back door. Now keep in mind we are deep in summer at the time of this flight (July 2015). The second I stepped out, I was inundated with heat and humidity. My god, it was so hot and so humid. So do be sure to wear light clothes because the heat will make you get warm quickly and the humidity will swelter you. But despite that, this was about to be a fantastic trip across 2 countries (4 if you count Vatican City and Monaco as their own countries). So do be sure to check out the next post for the trip photos.

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Air Canada Rouge tail logo
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Air Canada Rouge plane fuselage

Overall, I was pleased by this flight. The food was good for a low-cost carrier, and it was almost full service too. All of the crew members were very nice, the views were nice, the seats were decent for this flight. I’d definitely be ok traveling on Air Canada Rouge on a Transatlantic route if I needed to from Canada. Now it’s time for some lovely trip photos. See the top of this report for the rest of this trip. Thanks for sticking around, hope this review helped.

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