Air France’s Redesigned Montreal Lounge – What Makes It Special?

France national flag carrier Air France has just announced the reopening of its fully redesigned lounge at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). In a company statement published on August 11, 2021, the full-service carrier said the Hong Kong-headquartered Plaza Premium Group partnered in the makeover.

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Air France has 17 flights a week between YUL and CDG. Photo: Getty Images

Air France Business and Flying Blue Elite Plus customers can now experience a vast elegant space to relax ahead of their flight. The Air France Montreal lounge offers nearly 500 square meters of space with a seating capacity of 149. The lounge is located in the international section of Terminal 1 and boasts large bay windows offering views of the runways and parked Air France aircraft.

The lounge features Air France colors

Several Canadian companies worked together with Air France to help the SkyTeam alliance member select furnishings and lighting. The colors selected for the lounge feature the red, white, and blue of the airline’s livery along with the Air France winged seahorse brand symbol.

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The Air France winged seahorse features in the lounge. Photo: Air France

In the lounge, Air France customers will find a variety of seating, allowing them to relax, work or eat in comfort. A shared work area is available with free WiFi and USB charging points together with a special shower area for Flying Blue Ultimate customers who wish to freshen up before their flight.

The redesign of the lounge also meant the disposal of its old furniture. Some were given to charity, while others were auctioned off to Montreal Air France and KLM staff. All the proceeds for the auction went to the Montreal-based Le Chaînon Foundation who help to provide shelter for women in distress.

Food is at the heart of the lounge

In the newly redesigned lounge, passengers will find a large catering area emphasizing French cuisine. A self-service buffet offers hot and cold savory and sweet food throughout the day. Vegetarians and those seeking gluten-free dishes will have plenty of options from which to select.

Air France will introduce a new dedicated catering service for business travelers taking the last Air France flight from Montreal to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in the autumn. With in-seat, restaurant-style service, business passengers can enjoy gourmet meals identical to those served on Air France flights. Hors d’oeuvres, a hot main course, cheese, desserts, wine, and a champagne menu will be offered to qualifying passengers.

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Passengers can enjoy a gourmet meal before their flight. Photo: Air France

Should passengers wish to dine in the lounge and rest during the flight without being interrupted by the meal service, Air France requests that they are told in advance. If a request to dine before the flight and forgo the inflight meal is made, Air France will not load the meal on the aircraft to help limit food waste.

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Air France offers 17 weekly flights

Currently, Air France offers 17 flights a week between Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). On the route, Air France uses either Boeing 777s or Airbus A350-900s. Air France says that given the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, all flights are subject to change and advises customers to check travel restrictions and what documentation is needed before coming to the airport.

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Economy and economy plus passengers can pay to access the lounge. Photo: Air France

The Air France lounge at Montreal Airport is open daily from 14:00 to 22:00 and is accessible for Air France and KLM customers traveling in business or Blue Elite Plus. Passengers traveling in economy or economy plus can pay to access the lounge subject to availability.

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