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MONTREAL — Air Canada has unveiled the brand new Maple Leaf Lounge Express, its second premium lounge product at Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 1.
Located in the transborder departure area, the lounge joins the existing Maple Leaf Lounge and is available to customers departing to the U.S. from Toronto-Pearson. Business Class customers or those with select Altitude Status, as well as Star Alliance Gold members departing on an Air Canada or United Airlines flight will be eligible to access the Maple Leaf Lounge Express.
Just steps away from departure gates F84-F99, the Express lounge has seating for 50 customers and features a self-serve bar, a wide selection of beverages including Canadian wines and Lavazza specialty coffee, and a selection of light snacks. Business travellers planning to work on site may also take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi.
“We are excited to welcome Air Canada and Star Alliance customers travelling to the United States in our new Maple Leaf Lounge Express. This unique space has been created to enhance the overall travel experience of our premium customers and represents a commitment to our transborder product,” said Andrew Yiu, Vice President, Product at Air Canada. “This all-new lounge is just steps from the Air Canada commuter gates, making it easy to enjoy comfort on the go before flying to the U.S. Customers will be warmly received by a premium agent, and enjoy a calm environment in which to work or relax before their Air Canada flight.”
A new commuter facility was recently opened at Toronto Pearson Terminal 1 to provide additional access and to better service commuter narrow body aircraft flying to the United States. This new commuter facility was developed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and improves airport efficiencies within the new Terminal 1 building. The new Maple Leaf Lounge Express further enhances the customer experience in this gate area.
Air Canada offers eligible customers access to 23 Maple Leaf Lounges worldwide including 17 at Canadian airports, plus the Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson global hub featuring five-star dining. Customers travelling abroad may also enjoy lounges at New York-LaGuardia, New York-Newark, Los Angeles, London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Paris.