Maple Leaf outdoor terrace with view of San Francisco (SFO)
Source: Air Canada

Air Canada Opens New Maple Leaf Lounge at San Francisco (SFO)

Air Canada has opened its third U.S. lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in California. This new lounge spans 8,000+ square feet and has a capacity for 165 people. The new Maple Leaf lounge is located in Terminal 2 and is open from 04:15 to 22:15 Tuesday through Sunday (on Mondays the lounge closes early at 20:45). The most exciting feature seems to be the outdoor terrace which seats 30 people and overlooks the airport.

The lounge features a range of premium amenities, food, and beverages. There is also a self-serve buffet with hot and cold items inspired by local flavors. The menu includes sliders and the iconic fish stew from San Francisco. Additionally, an L-shaped bar serves various drinks including Canadian and Californian wines, local craft beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Anchor Brewing, bartender-prepared cocktails, and espresso.

Travelers can also freshen up in one of the two shower rooms, with heated towel racks and Molton Brown toiletries. Those who need to catch up on work can use one of the three glass-doored private workstation areas with spacious work areas. Those who need even more privacy can reserve access to a 10-seat private conference room.

The lounge features timber, marble, and glass with a California flair. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of natural light, and the space features artwork such as a mural by local artist Amos Goldbaum and paintings by Toronto-based Shawn Evans.

But the main attraction is the outdoor terrace (patio), the first in Air Canada’s Maple Leaf lounges. It offers comfortable lounge chairs, seating up to 30; two vapor fireplaces; and runway views. A beautiful mural also depicts the Air Canada logo and the Golden Gate Bridge.

In this new location, Air Canada will be uniquely co-located within the United Club, thus offering a dedicated customer service desk especially useful for those traveling on a United codeshare or connecting.

Air Canada currently offers non-stop SFO service to Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG), Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ), and Vancouver (YVR) Canada. Also, notable there are some flights, operated between San Francisco and Toronto which are served by wide-body aircraft with reclining seats.

The Maple Leaf Lounge is available for Air Canada Business Class passengers and premium Aeroplan members (Super Elite, 75K, and 50K). In addition, Business Class travelers on Star Alliance partner airlines, such as United Airlines, and frequent flyers with Star Alliance Gold status can also access the lounge.

Press Release: Air Canada Opens First Maple Leaf Lounge at San Francisco International Airport

Closing Thoughts

San Francisco International (SFO) is home to 17 other lounges from various carriers and card memberships. But this is the only lounge with an outdoor terrace. From the photos I have seen the food and amenities look amazing and likely in top 3 lounges at SFO.