This past November, I was invited by Air Canada to try its new “Signature Class” flights and services, taking the international direct flight from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Haneda International Airport (HND) in Tokyo, Japan. I was experiencing this Signature Class products and services from the ground up at the airport all the way up in the air on the plane.
As the Air Canada official website states, “Air Canada Signature Service is our new end-to-end premium travel experience featuring the Air Canada Signature Class cabin, formerly known as International Business Class. It is offered exclusively when flying to and from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America on board our mainline Boeing 787, 777 and 767 aircraft and our Airbus A330 aircraft.”
Air Canada Signature Service ensures a seamless airport experience with dedicated check-in counters, expedited security clearance, lounge access, exclusive boarding lanes, priority baggage handling and more. On board, Air Canada Signature Class customers are treated to exclusive service and amenities.”
In the past segment of my MoVernie BLOG, I shared my Check-In + Concierge Air Canada Signature Class experience. In this segment below, I will be focusing on my Signature Class BMW Chauffeur Service. Air Canada and BMW have partnered to provide the qualified Air Canada customers the complimentary pickup on the tarmac to go from one gate to another. In my case, I used this chauffeur service to pick me up from the security check point to bring me to the tarmac area that leads me to the Air Canada Signature Suite for my dining experience. Let’s check out my experience below!
After I had passed through the priority security check point, a friendly Air Canada staff guided me to take the escalators towards the tarmac. A beautiful BMW 7-Series just pulled in on the tarmac. The chauffeur came out and greeted me. He grabbed my carry on and placed it into the trunk. Then, he opened the back door so I could get into the vehicle.
The interior of the BMW 7-Series was top notch. All leather out in the entire cabin, along with all the state-of-the-art technologies including massage functions. Great sound system (yes! we tested it out, LOL). Apparently, I was told that this BMW Chauffeur service will be available for passengers who are in the connecting flight and needs to be picked up from one flight to another.
From the official Air Canada website, it states, “As of early 2019, Air Canada Signature Class customers will be offered BMW Chauffeur Service across the tarmac when connecting from a domestic to an international flight at Toronto Pearson.*
We’re proud to offer this service to customers travelling in a premium cabin, and we plan to extend it to other eligible customers in the future.
* Air Canada Signature Class passengers traveling on an Air Canada operated flight (to Europe, Asia or South America) whose ticket was originally booked and issued in booking classes J, C, D, Z and P will be eligible forBMW Chauffeur Service. Some restrictions may apply. The eligibility criteria are subject to change without notice.”
My ride from one end of the tarmac to another took about 7 minutes, although it’s a short distance, I did appreciate the Exclusive VIP experience. How often do you get a ride on the tarmac? At least for me, I don’t often get this type of experience. It’s definitely give you a different perspective to get to see the airport from another angle. I think this BMW Chauffeur Service is a cool and a genius concept and I foresee this service will gain popularity as more and more eligible passengers know about this service, so I do encourage you to check the Air Canada official website to see if you are eligible to use this service on your next flight.
The Signature Class flights & services from Toronto, Canada to Tokyo, Japan were provided by Air Canada. However, as always, the opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.