Prologue:

After an enjoyable weekend in YVR it was time to return to SFO. This time we will be in J to see how the AC product in the front compares.

Canadian airports are usually separated into 3 distinct terminals - domestic transborder US and intl.

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We check in at the AC Priority counter located in the Transborder section located at the beginning of YVR terminal.

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Welcome carpet.

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Check-in was swift and professional and we were on our way to security and US Immigration. You pre-clear when you depart from Canada to the US.

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The Plaza Premium lounge at the Transborder terminal is not big and it can get crowded during peak hours. However the catering is pretty decent and it offers hot dishes unlike the AC Maple Leaf lounge in this particular terminal.

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Seating area.

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Salad and dessert section.

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Hot dishes - stir fried veggies.

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Ratatouille.

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Asian Mandarin chicken.

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Slices of ham.

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Dessert.

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Food is solid and varied. We enjoyed the offerings at this lounge.

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The AC MLL is spacious with different seating areas.

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Friendly and efficient reception.

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Buffet.

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Mostly salad with different garnishes and wraps (one with meat the other vegetarian.)

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Dessert - Nanaimo bars (no bake dessert consisting of a wafer/nut/coconut crust custard in the middle and chocolate ganache on top.

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My snack.

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The flight was delayed for about 2 hrs so we spent more time at the lounge.

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Finally it was time to go to the gate.

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Passenger were anxious to board.

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Friendly welcome by the crew.

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Cabin.

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Water and earphones were distributed.

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Controls for the seat.

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Take off.

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Distribution of thick hot towels. No menus unfortunately but there is an online version available.

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Beverage service.

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Drink with nuts.

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Chicken Parmesan OR Truffle risotto. I chose the chicken.

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After the meal coffee or tea were offered. I had a tea.

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WC.

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Arriving in the Bay Area.

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Downtown SFO - courtesy of oauf.

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Cabin ready for landing.

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Granville Island

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Burrard Bridge.

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Chinatown.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen garden.

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False Creek.

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Ferry to Granville Island and passing through downtown Vancouver.

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Granville Island.

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Downtown Vancouver.

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Waterfront.

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========== Vancouver Intl Arpt (YVR) - ==========



Security/Immigration efficiency: 10/10
Access and parking: 10/10
Services and activities: 10/10
General cleanliness: 10/10

========== Plaza Premium Lounge ==========



Staff Service: 9/10
Entertainment: /10
Business Center: /10
Food: 9/10
Lounge Design: 7/10
Spa and Bathroom: 0/10
Wifi: 10/10

========== Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge International ==========



Staff Service: 9/10
Entertainment: /10
Business Center: /10
Food: 6/10
Lounge Design: 8/10
Spa and Bathroom: 8/10
Wifi: 10/10

========== Air Canada - Airline ==========



Cabine comfort: 10/10
Crew: 10/10
Entertainment: /10
On-time performance: 4/10
Appetizer: 8/10
Starter: 0/10
Main Meal: 8/10
Main Meal-2: 0/10
Cheese: 0/10
Desserts: 8/10
Alcohols: 0/10
Mid-flight snack: 0/10
Breakfast or light meal before arrival: 0/10

========== San Francisco Intl Arpt (SFO) - ==========



Security/Immigration efficiency: /10
Access and parking: 9/10
Services and activities: 9/10
General cleanliness: 10/10

Summary:

Despite the 2 hrs delay this was a fine flight. Crew was efficient and the meal was OK although I did not expect the chicken to be presented in small pieces.

I enjoyed both lounges at the Transborder terminal but in terms of catering the Plaza Premium beats the AC MLL by a mile. However if you need a place to relax the latter is definitely more spacious.

4 Comments

  • Vendredi13


    Woof ! JetSetPanda !

    This citybreak went so fast. Time flies when you feel happy !
    I remember this walk in the city. We had a really great unexpected weather. And when i see the pics of the market..Honestly, too bad i didn't have enough space for the pies;))
    On baord service was good, and the hot meal very appreciated... Compared with Europe.

    Thanks Adan for this beautiful weekend !

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  • jetsetpanda


    Oauf!

    The best trips are the quickest. Vancouver is such a gorgeous city surrounded by nature settings.

    I believe AC is the only carrier that offers a hot meal in the front on this route. UA and Westjet don't.

    Thank you for your comments.

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  • Casper


    A very gooood report, hot meal and great bonus.
    Thanks amigo

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    jetsetpanda
    Hola Casper,

    Thank you. Yes AC in the front is not bad at all.

    I was also surprised that Plaza Premium lounge offered better catering than AC MLL in this section of the airport.

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