Category Archives: Air Transat

Air Transat retires the last Airbus A310

Type Retired: March 30, 2020 (flight TS765 Porto-Halifax-Toronto Pearson with C-GSAT)

Air Transat operated its last Airbus A310 revenue flight on March 30 (instead of the planned March 31 target date).

The last revenue flight was flight TS765 from Porto to Toronto (Pearson) via a stop at Halifax with the pictured Airbus A310-308 C-GSAT (msn 600).

The airline took delivery of its first Airbus A310 (C-GFAT) on January 16, 2001. The type entered revenue service on January 30, 2001.

 

Top Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A310-308 C-GSAT (msn 600) CDG (Jacques Guillem). Image: 936469.

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Air Transat donates more than 44,000 masks and 301,000 gloves to the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services

Air Transat is proud to donate more than 44,000 masks and 301,000 gloves to the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the temporary suspension of its flights on April 1 , Air Transat today handed over all of the medical equipment at its disposal, which had, up until now, been dedicated to protecting its crews. This included:

  • 7,260 N95 masks
  • 36,800 surgical masks
  • 301,000 gloves

“Now that our repatriation operations are over, it seemed only natural to donate our unused protective equipment to those who need it most, namely those in the health services,” says Jean-François Lemay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Transat. “It’s thanks to everyone’s contributions that we will overcome this terrible crisis.”

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Competition Bureau issues report outlining competition concerns with Air Canada’s proposed acquisition of Transat

The Competition Bureau has issued this report:

The Competition Bureau announced on March 27 it has concluded that Air Canada’s proposed acquisition of Transat (Air Transat) is likely to result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition in the sale of air travel or vacation packages to Canadians.

The Bureau’s concerns are outlined in a report delivered to the Minister of Transport by the Commissioner of Competition. The report will inform Transport Canada’s public interest review of the proposed transaction as it relates to national transportation.

Eliminating the rivalry between these airlines would result in increased prices, less choice, decreases in service and a significant reduction in travel by Canadians on a variety of routes where their existing networks overlap.

The Bureau’s analysis determined that the effects of the transaction would apply to 83 routes, including:

  • 49 overlapping routes between Canada and Europe; and
  • 34 overlapping routes between Canada and sun destinations in Florida, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The transaction also represents a merger of the only two carriers offering nonstop service on 22 of these routes.

Our assessment is based upon a forward-looking analysis using data and information collected prior to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Bureau recognizes that the impact of these events on the Canadian airline industry appear to be significant in the near term. The ultimate impact of these events may be relevant to the Bureau’s views on the proposed transaction but it is impossible to know the full extent and duration of any impact at this time.

Transport Canada has until May 2, 2020 to complete its public interest assessment and provide it to the Minister. The final decision regarding the proposed transaction will be made by the Governor in Council (Cabinet) based on a recommendation from the Minister.

Quick facts

  • Air Canada and Transat operate two of Canada’s four largest airlines and primary integrated tour operators providing vacation offerings to Canadians.
  • On August 26, 2019, the Minister of Transport started a public interest review of the proposed merger under subsection 53.1(5) of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA). As part of any such public interest review, the Commissioner of Competition is required to provide a report to the Minister on any concerns regarding potential prevention or lessening of competition that may occur as a result of the transaction.
  • Under the CTA, the Commissioner is also to provide an assessment to the Minister of the adequacy of any undertakings that may be proposed by the merging parties to address competition concerns raised in his report.
  • This is the second time the Commissioner provided a report to the Minister as part of a public interest review as it relates to national transportation.

Air Transat announces new special flights to Haiti and Honduras, as well as additional flights to El Salvador and Guatemala

Air Transat, in collaboration with the Government of Canada , announces the deployment of special flights to Haiti and Honduras , as well as more flights to El Salvador and Guatemala in addition to those planned today.

“Ever since the tightening of international borders, our flight operations have been dedicated to repatriating travellers to their countries of origin,” says Jean-Marc Eustache , President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat. “Until the temporary suspension of our operations on April 1 , we will continue to work tirelessly toward this single goal.”

  • There will be a flight from Guatemala City to Montreal on Sunday, March 29 ,aboard an Airbus A330-200.
  • There will be a flight from San Salvador to Montreal on Monday, March 30 ,aboard an Airbus A321-200.
  • There will be a flight from Port-au-Prince to Montreal on Monday, March 30 ,aboard an Airbus A330-200.
  • There will be a flight from Roatan to Montreal on Monday, March 30 , aboard an Airbus A321-200.

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Air Transat will operate special flights to El Salvador and Guatemala in conjunction with the Government of Canada

Air Transat has made this announcement:

ir Transat announces the deployment of two special flights over the next few days to return Canadians stranded in El Salvador and Guatemala back home. These flights, operated in collaboration with the Government of Canada, are in addition to those already planned by the airline.

“To date, our repatriation flights have brought approximately 46,000 customers back home, and this number will continue to rise in the coming days,” says Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat. “From this time forward, all our efforts will be dedicated to achieving a single goal: to safely repatriate as many Canadians as possible.”

  • There will be a flight from San Salvador to Montreal on Friday, March 27, aboard a Boeing 737-800.
  • There will be a flight from Guatemala City to Montreal on Friday, March 27, aboard an Airbus A321-200 (below).

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Transat confirms the temporary layoff of 70% of its staff – Repatriation operations to end April 1

Transat A.T. Inc. announced that it has temporarily laid off about 70% of its workforce in Canada. The final Air Transat flight prior to the full suspension of its operations is scheduled for April 1.

On March 18, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Transat announced the gradual temporary halting of all its flights until April 30.

Operations are being stopped gradually in order to enable Transat to repatriate as many of its customers as possible to their home countries.

As of March 18, some 65,000 Canadian Transat customers were at Sun or Europe destinations. By March 22, about 40,000, or more than 60 % of them, had been returned to Canada.

Simultaneously, as also announced March 18, Transat has been forced to proceed with layoffs affecting about 70% of its staff, or 3,600 people. Some of these layoffs are effective immediately, while others will take effect following advance notice of up to one month. They include all flight crew personnel. Similar measures are being implemented in the other countries where Transat has employees. Executives who are not being laid off have accepted voluntary pay cuts, as have members of the Board of Directors.

 

Air Transat moves up the retirement date of the Airbus A310

Air Transat Airbus A310-308 C-GTSH (msn 599) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 926716.

Air Transit has moved up its planned Airbus A310 retirement date from April 27, 2020 to March 31, 2020.

This is due to Air Transat plan to suspend all schedule passenger flights for the month of April.

Right now, the last planned Air Transat scheduled revenue flight is scheduled to be flight TS 293 from Manchester to Toronto (Pearson) on March 31 per Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A310-308 C-GTSH (msn 599) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 926716.

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