Air Canada opens its Maple Leaf Lounge at San Francisco International Airport

Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounge at San Francisco International Airport.
Photo Credit: CNW Group/Air Canada

Air Canada has opened its first Maple Leaf lounge in San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The opening of the new facility makes it the 28th Maple Leaf lounge worldwide.

It also becomes the third lounge in the U.S for the Canadian flag carrier, with the other 2 located at Los Angeles International and in New York’s Newark Liberty airport.

This new lounge in SFO has brought with it some new and impressive features, with one notable feature being Air Canada’s first outdoor lounge terrace.

Air Canada‘s new Maple Leaf Lounge in SFO is located in Terminal 2 and will provide eligible customers with a relaxing stay before their flight.

Commenting on the launch of the lounge, Jacqueline Harkness, Managing Director, Products and Services at Air Canada said:

“We’re thrilled to bring our Maple Leaf Lounge experience to San Francisco International Airport, giving our Bay Area customers a way to enjoy Air Canada’s award winning product and glowing hearted hospitality from the moment they arrive”.

She added, “It’s one more way we’re investing to become San Francisco’s favourite way to travel internationally”.

The features at a glance


As well as offering widely renowned food, drink and high quality amenities, this new Maple Leaf lounge will feature as mentioned the one of a kind outdoor service, offering aircraft and runway views.

The lounge as far as size is concerned, measures 8169 square ft or 761 square metres and is able to seat 165 people.

The size, space and luxury of the new lounge will provide customers with an exceptional retreat space before they fly to one of Air Canada’s three main hubs, which are: Toronto Pearson, Montreal Trudeau and Vancouver International.

Air Canada has also paid some key attention to detail with its lounge design, by paying homage to its California location.

The airline has achieved this through a bespoke selection of food and drink items on the menu, including the iconic San Francisco fish stew cioppino as well as a selection of California Wines and beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Anchor Brewing (America’s first craft beer).

As for the design of the lounge, San Francisco-based architectural firm Gensler had the honour to design the lounge giving it a true San Francisco vibe for customers using it.

In addition, a range of artwork from Canadian artist Shawn Evans and Californian artist Amos Goldbaum has been featured to really spruce up the place and pay homage to California and Canada alike.

Other features include E-Gates and biometric identification for a seamless, hands free lounge entry, showers to allow passengers to freshen up before flying and a VIP room for up to 10 people.

Levelling up in the Bay Area


Air Canada is stepping up its game in San Francisco and raising the bar for other airlines with lounge design.

With this in mind we should definitely look forward to what other airlines may come out with when it comes to new lounges across the world.

As for those who are eligible to enter the lounge they will need to hold one of the following status’:

  1. Aeroplan 50K, 75K and Aeroplan Super Elite members
  2. Star Alliance Gold members
  3. Aeroplan premium co-brand cardholders and customers departing on a business class ticket with Air Canada or another Star Alliance member.

Customers in this list, should definitely look forward to stepping in to Air Canada’s new Maple Leaf lounge at SFO as they look for a relaxing retreat before their flight out of the Bay Area.

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