(CNN) – A global pandemic is not the natural time to travel like a celebrity.
Thanks to Air Canada, passengers traveling on vacation will have the opportunity to experience travel the way top athletes, musicians and 1% fly in the sun.
From December 12th to January 6th, the airline will operate its Jetz aircraft – configured for a business class experience – on routes between Canada and popular winter sun destinations from Palm Springs and Florida to Mexico and the Caribbean.
What’s even better is that ticket prices start with regular business class fares.
The four Airbus A319 planes are usually chartered by sports teams, bands and corporate customers – and have been lying idle a lot for the pandemic.
They are configured with just 58 seats – less than half the seats in a regular Air Canada configuration on an airplane. Seat pitch is between 42 and 49 inches, compared to 31 inches in a normal economy configuration and 37 inches for a standard business class seat.
All the extras
Air Canada is now making its charter aircraft available for commercial flights
Customers who book a flight now, however, not only receive additional space. You also get an upgraded meal and get iPads preloaded with in-flight entertainment. With fewer passengers, boarding and disembarking times are of course shorter.
And for those traveling in a group, there is a meeting arrangement with four seats facing each other around a table. These seats are distributed at the gate.
Flights operate from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver to destinations such as Barbados, Cancun, Fort Myers and Palm Springs. There are also two domestic routes – Toronto to Kelowna and Vancouver. Full routes and timetables can be found on a dedicated Now page on the Air Canada website.
Most cost roughly the same as normal business class fares, depending on availability. On five routes reviewed by CNN, prices ranged from $ 34 less to $ 40 more.
Aren’t you traveling this holiday season? The airline is planning a second “season” for now in March 2021.