Air Canada B787-9 Signature Suite (Business Class) Tokyo to Vancouver

The priority check-in counter for Air Canada, Tokyo (Narita) Terminal 1
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Almost all of the flights between Canada and Japan is equipped with stylish product— so-called ”Signature Suite”. This time I chose to fly from Tokyo to Vancouver with its highest grade class to enjoy the new service, which Air Canada has upgraded a few years before. This product is now introduced to B77W, B788, and B789. However, you need to be careful when it comes to booking with Air Canada Rouge (the sub-company of Air Canada), because their long-distance aircraft, B767, does not introduce this renovated product.

Flight: AC004 (B787-9)
Route: Tokyo (NRT)- Vancouver (YVR)
Time: 18:40- 10:20(+1)
Duration: 8h40min (4681 miles)
Seat&Class: 3A (Signature Suite)

Star Alliance Gold Track

Business class passengers can go through the fast track at terminal 1, which is sometimes crowded in the morning. However, it is no problem at all, considering that Tokyo (Haneda) Airport does not have a fast track for Star Alliance business class passengers.

The entrance (United Business& First Class Lounge, Satellite 3)

There are one United Airlines Lounge and two ANA Lounges at the T1 departure area, both of which are my favourite. The business class lounge is situated on the same floor, while the Global First Lounge is on the upper floor.

United Club Buffet Area
Sushi (prawn and Californian style roll, plus they have salmon usually), assorted fruits, and a salad of salmon with avocado. Tastes are good, but Sushi is by far better in ANA Lounge compared to that in this lounge.
Sometimes you can have a good view from United Lounge, although ANA Business Class Lounges do not have any windows.

While United Club is crowded in the evening, ANA in the morning from my experience. This is because United operates much of its flights to the US in the evening and ANA to Europe and to the US in the morning. I like United Club’s relaxed and traditional style, but ANA Lounges, which have a variety of snacks and sophisticated facilities, are also preferable.

The entrance (ANA Business Class Lounge)
ANA Buffet Area

In addition, you can order Japanese style noodles such as Ramen or Udon, and Curry and rice at the ”Noodle Bar”, which I think is really nice.

ANA Shower Room

I am delighted with the amenity of SHISEIDO, which is provided in the shower room. This facility is always kept clean, but be careful… as it is always crowded, especially in the noon and in the evening. What you have to do first is to make a reservation here!

”Sushi Chef service”

This service is what I like the best amongst the lounges at Tokyo (Narita) Airport. The so-called ‘Sushi Chef Service’ is from around 3 to 4 p.m., at satellite 5 and is from 5 to 6 p.m., at satellite 4. Tuna, salmon, and prawn were served at that time.

Priority Boarding for AC004

Signature Suite is more or less between the normal first class and business class, although it is technically classified as business class. This is because Air Canada defines its highest product as Signature Suite (business class), which means they do not offer first class. More and more airlines abolish first class and refurbish business class.

The walls are chic, decorated in maple leaves.

The onboard dining, especially entrée and the main course, was nice. Personally speaking, I wanted to have more variety of desserts at the end… but this does not matter as a whole!

Drink Menu
Champagne. Wines are also selected by a sommelier, Veronique Rivést.
I also tried ”Signature Cocktail”. It is made with Crown Royal Canadian Whisky, gin and cranberry cocktail, garnished with lemon.
Dinner Menu
Citrus marinated salmon, entrée
Sautéed beef fillet, main Course
Fresh seasonal fruit with port wine
Tiramisu with port wine

The seat was really comfortable, although I felt a little bit confined when I stretched my legs to have a nap. I came to like this functional Executive Pod.

Comfortable full flatbed. The table is large enough to do some work.
Reverse herringbone configuration, one of the world’s trends today.
The partition is high, and the privacy is well considered.
Brunch Menu
Simmered beef Shigureni (Japanese cuisine)
The specs of the monitor are high in its size and the resolution.
The view from seat 3A… thank you, crew members!
The view from seat 3A

Overall Impression

The flight was good on the whole. They provide us with the functional conveniences, nevertheless, the crew was nice to us. The business class seat is one of the best products throughout the world airliners. Seemingly, the new product is equipped with most of the flight to Asia, Europe, Australia, and with some of the Canadian transcontinental flights. I recommend you to select B777, B788 or B789 when having some options to choose from.