Kay was seated, appropriately, in 3K
I hate flying. I simply do. Hurtling alongside at 600mph whereas encased in a metal tube has completely no enchantment. So when MailOnline Journey advised an project that may contain 5 flights in simply 4 days my coronary heart sank.
I used to be additionally resulting from journey with Air Canada, an airline I’d by no means flown with earlier than.
Concern of the aviation unknown made me nearly wimp out, however the provide of a go to to Canada’s Fogo Island, one of many 4 corners of the Flat Earth, together with Hydra in Greece, Papua New Guinea and the Bermuda Triangle, proved simply an excessive amount of of a pull.
And for the primary time, ever, my flying expertise has been an pleasant a part of the journey.
OK, the build-up and take-off had been nonetheless gruelling however the Air Canada group had it lined. The luxurious of the lounge after which the enterprise class pods onboard made for the proper antidote to tearful tensions and sweaty palms.
To succeed in Fogo Island I first needed to journey to Montreal, with my flight there departing from Terminal 2 at London Heathrow.
It’s an age since I’ve flown from that terminal so I wasn’t actually ready for the schlep from safety to the Air Canada lounge. Be ready for an excellent 15-minute stroll and discovering it challengingly tucked away – subsequent to Dixons.
Kay Burley meets the flight crew aboard her Air Canada Dreamliner service from London Heathrow to Montreal
Excessive life: Kay describes Air Canada’s enterprise class pods as being ‘reasonably swish’
Kay writes that among the best options of the pod is the flexibility to vary her cocoon from pure gentle to a mild blue glow on the contact of a button
Prawn to be wild: One of many seafood dished Kay was served
Nonetheless, as soon as inside and after a heat welcome from the reception group, who had been forewarned of my flying concern, I used to be guided to a quieter nook of the reasonably swish lounge that gives comfy seating for plane-watchers together with terminals for enterprise travellers and a restaurant for individuals who would reasonably be ‘nil by mouth’ as soon as onboard.
I indulged in some alcohol together with self-soothing and respiration strategies.
When it was time to board, I used to be escorted from the lounge and one other good stroll straight into the plane the place Capt Comeau and First Officer Garceau welcomed me into the cockpit of their Dreamliner. They had been charming and even made chortle.
The pod controls, writes Kay, are utterly intuitive. They management the seat place and the ambiance
Every pod comes with an leisure display screen. Kay mentioned that she arrived in Montreal feeling relaxed and refreshed
Many carriers are bringing the Dreamliner on-stream as air high quality onboard means much less likelihood of jet lag, I’m instructed.
Because the pilots mentioned goodbye and ready for take-off the Air Canada cabin providers director gently guided me to a reasonably swish enterprise class pod.
Cocooned from different passengers, I found the seat and in-flight leisure controls are utterly intuitive. I used to be notably enthralled by the controls for the window ‘blinds’. The press of a button noticed my cocoon go from daylight to a mild blue glow. Good.
Kay is pictured right here on the Air Canada enterprise class lounge at Heathrow. She loved it, however mentioned that it was fairly a stroll from the safety space
Yeswecanada: Kay flew with Air Canada whereas on project for MailOnline Journey to Fogo Island
However the coup de grace for me was the meals. I dined on prawns, steak and chocolate cake, accompanied by chilled Champagne and a sensational Sauvignon Blanc earlier than reclining to a fully-flat mattress. And a few sleep.
Arriving in Montreal and with two extra flights earlier than my closing vacation spot, I felt remarkably relaxed and refreshed.
My concern of flying might have turn out to be simply that little bit simpler.
Watch this area for Kay’s overview of the gorgeous Fogo Island Inn.
Return fares from London to Montreal begin from £564.91 (economic system) and £2,098.91 (enterprise class) per individual (all fares are inclusive of taxes and topic to vary). Discover out extra at www.aircanada.com or name 00 800 6699 2222.
For extra on all that Canada has to supply, go to www.destinationcanada.com.