MIAMI — Air Canada announced it has open its 22nd Maple Leaf Lounge in the world at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The new lounge is the air carrier’s third in the United States after Los Angeles and New York LaGuardia.
The new lounge offers a relaxed and quiet club-like atmosphere with many amenities. Eligible customers can enjoy refreshments, complimentary Internet access, and computer and printer facilities. The lounge is located after the TSA security checkpoint close to Air Canada’s gate in Terminal A.
“Air Canada is pleased to provide eligible Air Canada and Star Alliance customers a new Maple Leaf Lounge at Newark Liberty airport. We recognize that business and premium customers have additional requirements, including the need for a quiet place to work while travelling, and our new Maple Leaf Lounge is designed with this in mind. The new lounge also compliments our Boeing 787 Newark-Vancouver service featuring our Business Class – Transcontinental product, with lie flat suites in Business Class,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
Along with its Star Alliance partner United Airlines, Air Canada offers up to 23 daily flights between Newark and five Canadian cities
The new lounge does not come as a surprise. In the last few years, Air Canada has been focusing on attracting more US sixth freedom traffic (passengers flying from the US to an international destination via a connection in Canada).
The airline has increased capacity significantly between Vancouver and Newark. On June 17, 2016, it started daily Boeing 787-8 operations between the two cities. Compared to the Airbus A319 it used to operate on the route, the Dreamliner offers an enhanced inflight experience for the passengers and a premium product for Business Class customers.
Customers can fly direct on the Boeing 787 from Newark to Brisbane with a stop in Vancouver. Starting on October 30, 2016, the airline will upgauge to the larger B787-9 in time for the summer season in Australia.
Air Canada is investing throughout its network to enhance the customer airport experience. It plans to open a new international Maple Leaf Lounge in November 2016. An expanded international Maple Leaf Lounge in Vancouver is expected to be completed during the summer of 2017, and a domestic lounge in Saskatoon is scheduled to open during the fall of 2017.
In addition, the Montreal-based airline plans to refurbish its domestic Maple Leaf Lounges in 2017 at its Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver hubs.