Air Canada has unveiled its new Vancouver International Maple Leaf Lounge following an 18-month complete makeover and expansion.
Located directly opposite the priority security lanes for international departures at Air Canada’s trans-Pacific hub, the new expanded lounge is “a serene, stylish oasis where eligible customers can rest, refuel or refresh before their international flight in an inspiring, contemporary environment that celebrates Canadian design, artistry and craftsmanship against the backdrop of beautiful British Columbia.”
Designed by Vancouver-based Gustavson Wylie Architects Inc, Air Canada’s International Maple Leaf Lounge at YVR measures 1,250 square metres and has a seating capacity of 258 on two levels.
The lounge showcases contemporary Canadian design and artwork including: artwork by Canadian artists Kendall Kendrick (Vancouver) whose creation celebrates west-coast nature, Nicolas Ruel (Montreal) showcasing overseas travel, and Danielle Roy (Montreal) from her collection titled “A flower – a human being.”
Furnishings are by Canadian designers Brent Comber (North Vancouver), Birchwood Furniture (Calgary), Nienkamper (Toronto) and Mobilier Modern (Montreal).
Hot and cold dining options, including a feature salad by celebrated Vancouver Chef David Hawksworth and a chef’s station for individually prepared dishes, are available.
The business zone is equipped with flat screen desktop computers for customers’ use, and RICOH colour printing and scanning. Complimentary WiFi and power sources are also available. Other amenities include spa-inspired shower rooms with rain shower heads, a Samsung TV zone, a VIP room and a quiet zone with reclining lounge seating.