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Air Transat adds Split, Croatia to its European destinations for summer 2019

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Air Transat has announced it will be adding Split, Croatia, to its transatlantic flight program.

Starting in the summer of 2019, the airline will offer a weekly nonstop flight to Split.

Air Transat, besides adding Split, Croatia, to its destinations and is also increasing its nonstop flights for many of its main transatlantic markets, namely, Italy, Greece, Croatia, France and Portugal.

With 27 destinations in Europe and the Middle East accessible from six airports in Canada via connecting flights, Air Transat makes planning a dream vacation a breeze for Canadians. Moreover, as of summer 2019, passengers heading to destinations such as Nice, Porto and Basel will fly in one of two new Airbus A321neo LR airplanes being added to its fleet.

A new destination and a bigger footprint in key markets

Given Canadians’ growing interest in the Balkan Peninsula, Air Transat is pleased to be adding Split to its destinations. With its two flights to Zagreb, that makes three direct flights to Croatia every week from Toronto. There will be more direct flights to Greece and Italy, for a total of four weekly flights to Athens (Greece) from Montreal and Toronto. Lamezia (Italy), the gateway to the South of Italy, will be accessible twice a week from Toronto. The airline is increasing its departures to a number of other destinations as well: from Montreal, there will be three flights to Porto (Portugal), three to Nice (France)and two to Basel (Switzerland). Meanwhile, there will be five weekly flights to Dublin (Ireland) from Toronto.

The United Kingdom, France and the Mediterranean in demand

By flying direct every week from four Canadian cities, the airline makes London (England) accessible to vacationers with departures from Toronto (daily), Vancouver (daily), Montreal (three times a week) and Calgary (three times a week). Vacationers looking to discover other areas of the UK can count on five direct flights weekly to Manchester and Glasgow from Toronto, as well as connecting flights from Montreal, Vancouver, Quebec City, Calgary and Edmonton.

Air Transat, the leading airline between Canada and France, remains the benchmark for leisure travel in France. This year, Air Transat is once again offering direct flights from Montreal to the biggest cities in France, that is, Paris (daily direct flights), Marseille (five direct flights weekly), Lyon and Toulouse (four direct flights weekly), as well as Nice, Nantes and Bordeaux (three direct flights weekly). And with its vast network of connecting flights, Air Transat makes most of these destinations available to people in and around Quebec City, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.

Furthermore, Air Transat is set to offer passengers a new product combining air and rail travel, in partnership with SNCF, France’s national rail service. The airline’s customers will be able to purchase a single ticket comprising a flight to Paris plus TGV AIR service enabling them to complete their journey on the TGV high-speed rail network within France or to Brussels, Belgium, thus facilitating access to French provinces and Brussels on a daily basis. Air Transat and SNCF promise a simple service delivering several benefits: a single booking, a single fare and a single ticket. It will be available as of January 2019, and travellers will be able to book from Canada starting in December.

The Mediterranean region, with its idyllic turquoise waters, is vital to the airline’s flight program. First, there’s Spain, which remains an undeniable draw thanks to its dream combination of scenic beaches and captivating culture. Air Transat will continue its direct flights from Montreal to Barcelona (five direct flights weekly) and Malaga (three direct flights weekly) as well as from Toronto, with three direct flights weekly to Barcelona. These Spanish destinations remain accessible to people in the Quebec City, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton areas via Air Transat’s network of connecting flights. Finally, getting to Lisbon (Portugal) will be as easy as ever with five direct flights weekly from Montreal and four from Toronto.

Rome remains accessible too, with five direct flights from Montreal and seven from Toronto. The Italian capital will be easily reachable for travellers from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton via connecting flights through Toronto.

Tel Aviv, Prague, Brussels and Amsterdam: passenger favourites

Air Transat flies direct to Tel Aviv from Montreal twice a week and from Toronto once a week with a connecting flight. Brussels, the Belgian capital, is accessible from Montreal with three direct flights weekly, and from Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary with connecting flights.

The airline offers Canadians seven direct flights to Amsterdam, including four from Toronto, two from Vancouver and one from Calgary, along with two direct flights to Prague from Montreal.

Canada year round

For the past five years, Air Transat has been expanding its domestic flights, linking the country’s major cities. “These flights give an increasing number of Canadians access to more European destinations than ever, with connecting flights to Toronto and Montreal, as well as give access to other Canadian cities,” explains Annick Guérard.

It’s also worth noting Air Transat is launching a new summer flight between Edmonton and Toronto, opening the door to European travel to people in northern Alberta.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A330-243 C-GTSN (msn 369) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 940475.

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Aeroplan announces Air Transat as a preferred partner

Air Transat's 2017 "30 Years Ans" logo jet

Aimia Inc. has announced a new preferred partnership arrangement with Air Transat, Canada’s number one holiday airline, effective in July 2020.

Aeroplan Miles will be earned and redeemed on all Air Transat flights and vacation packages.

Aeroplan continues to expand and enhance its member offering to provide Canadians with the best travel loyalty program experience come July 2020 including the flexibility to fly any airline, anywhere at any time. Preferred agreements, like the one announced today, coupled with bulk and block purchasing and stand-alone charters, unlock meaningful discounts supporting the delivery of great value to members on flight redemptions.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Transat): Air Transat Airbus A330-342 C-GTSO (msn 132) (30 Years Ans) BCN (Tony Storck). Image: 940160.

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Air Transat signs agreement to lease seven new Airbus A321neos

Air Transat's first Airbus A321, delivered on April 12, 2018

Air Transat, wholly-owned business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., has signed an agreement with AerCap for the long-term lease of seven new Airbus aircraft: two A321neos and five A321neo LRs (long-range). These next-generation, single-aisle jets, which will be delivered gradually between 2020 and 2022, will notably replace wide-body A330s whose leases will expire during this period.

“We are continuing our fleet transformation in order to achieve greater efficiency and versatility,” said Jean-François Lemay, President of Air Transat. “With their smaller size, the A321neos will enable us to implement our air strategy, which involves increasing our flight frequencies, expanding our network and strengthening our position in several markets. The goal: continue to provide our customers with comfortable service at the best possible price.”

With 199 seats in a two-class configuration, the A321neo will be used for feeder flights and service to the South (short- and medium-haul) while the long-range version (A321neo LR) will be deployed for Sun and transatlantic destinations (medium- and long-haul). These aircraft will be added to the 10 new A321neo LRs, on lease from AerCap, announced in July 2017, which will gradually be introduced to Air Transat’s fleet starting in spring 2019.

While this type of aircraft has been selected to optimize the fleet, its fuel efficiency will also keep cost per seat as low as possible, while reducing its carbon footprint. Additionally, because of the cockpit commonality of the A330 and A320 (including the A321), Air Transat’s pilots will be able to fly both types of aircraft, which will result in greater operating flexibility and savings, including on training costs.

Air Transat’s fleet currently consists of 33 permanent aircraft in a unique flexible-fleet model that allows it to deploy more wide-body aircraft in summer for the high transatlantic season, and narrow-body aircraft in winter for the high Sun destinations season.

By 2024, Air Transat will have an all-Airbus fleet.

Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A321-211 C-GEZD (msn 4099) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 942492.

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Air Transat details its winter schedule

Air Transat Airbus A330-243 C-GTSN (msn 369) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 940928.

Air Transat has unveiled its flight program for winter 2018–2019, offering travellers a choice of 34 Sun destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America as well as Florida, along with an even more diversified selection of European cities, which are increasingly appreciated by Canadians during the winter season.

Air Transat, the leading leisure carrier in Canada, is also pleased to announce the return of flights from Toronto and Montreal to Saint-Martin/St-Maarten and San Juan, Puerto Rico, both of which are embarkation ports for Transat’s all-in-one cruise packages.

Winter 2018–2019 also marks the start of a transitional period for Air Transat’s operations, namely the fleet upgrades, which will see the company introduce gradually this winter the shorter-range Airbus A321s, and then later, in May 2019, the newer A321neo LR.

Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Florida remain Canadians’ top picks

Extra flights to Cancún, Mexico, will be added, departing from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City. Vancouver residents will enjoy daily connections to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and more flights to the Pacific resort destination will be available to holidayers in and around Edmonton. The Dominican Republic is also prominent in the program, with flights added out of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax to Punta Cana, whose magnificent white sand beaches need no introduction. With the beaches of Floridaenjoying a resurgence in popularity, Air Transat is boosting its direct flights to Fort Lauderdale from Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax, as well as to Tampa out of Toronto.
From major Canadian cities, a total of 29 weekly flights will be offered to Florida. Note also that Transat offers several all-in-one cruise package itineraries sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Miami.

In recent years, Costa Rica has emerged as an increasingly popular tourism destination, with its unbeatable blend of off-the-beaten-path natural wonders and relaxing beaches. Air Transat has responded to demand by adding more direct flights from Toronto to San José and Liberia.

The carrier is also pleased to announce that it is boosting its number of direct flights from Montreal to Cartageña, Colombia, and Fort-de-France, Martinique.

Europe year-round with Air Transat

For growing numbers of Canadians, a winter escape is now synonymous with Portugal or Spain. Accordingly, Air Transat is increasing capacity on its Lisbon and Porto routes out of both Toronto and Montreal, as well as to Málaga, Spain out of Montreal—and, thanks to Faro connection, also puts the Algarve region of Portugal within easy reach.

Air Transat also remains dedicated to offering Canadians year-round travel to Europe, with its popular daily direct flights from Montreal to Paris, France, and from Toronto to London in the UK, as well as frequent flights to Manchester and Glasgow.

Even more domestic and connecting flights

This winter, Air Transat is enriching its program of domestic flights, connecting many of Canada’s largest cities and opening up a wider choice of Sun and transatlantic destinations to travellers in those markets.

The carrier is strongly developing its offer in Western Canada’s largest cities (Vancouver, Calgaryand Edmonton) to Toronto and Montreal, which significantly increases the number of South and Europe destinations available as well as the number of flights departing Western Canada. There will also be more flights between Montreal and Toronto, providing more flexibility to passengers looking to travel to a larger number of European destinations.

Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A330-243 C-GTSN (msn 369) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 940928.

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Air Transat unveils its 2018-2019 winter line-up

Air Transat Airbus A330-342 C-GCTS (msn 177) YUL (Gilbert Hechema). Image: 940601.

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Air Transat today unveiled its flight program for winter 2018–2019, offering travellers a choice of 34 sun destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America as well as Florida, along with an even more diversified selection of European cities, which are increasingly appreciated by Canadians during the winter season. Air Transat, the leading leisure carrier in Canada, is also pleased to announce the return of flights from Toronto and Montrealto Saint-Martin/St-Maarten and San Juan, Puerto Rico, both of which are embarkation ports for Transat’s all-in-one cruise packages.

Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Florida remain Canadians’ top picks

More than ever, Air Transat is there for Canadian vacationers looking to escape to their favorite trio of destinations, with an increase in the number of its direct flights and new travel opportunities via Toronto. Extra flights to Cancún, Mexico, will be added, departing from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Hamilton, Montrealand Quebec City. Vancouver residents will enjoy daily connections to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and more flights to the Pacific resort destination will be available to holidayers in and around Edmonton. The Dominican Republic is also prominent in the program, with flights added out of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax to Punta Cana, whose magnificent white sand beaches need no introduction. With the beaches of Florida enjoying a resurgence in popularity, Air Transat is boosting its direct flights to Fort Lauderdale from Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax, as well as to Tampa out of Toronto.

From major Canadian cities, a total of 29 weekly flights will be offered to Florida. Note also that Transat offers several all-in-one cruise package itineraries sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Miami.

In recent years, Costa Rica has emerged as an increasingly popular tourism destination, with its unbeatable blend of off-the-beaten-path natural wonders and relaxing beaches. Air Transat has responded to demand by adding more direct flights from Toronto to San José and Liberia.

The carrier is also pleased to announce that it is boosting its number of direct flights from Montreal to Cartageña, Colombia, and Fort-de-France, Martinique.

Europe year-round with Air Transat

For growing numbers of Canadians, a winter escape is now synonymous with Portugal or Spain. Accordingly, Air Transat is increasing capacity on its Lisbon and Porto routes out of both Toronto and Montreal, as well as to Málaga, Spain out of Montreal—and, thanks to Faro connection, also puts the Algarve region of Portugalwithin easy reach.

Air Transat also remains dedicated to offering Canadians year-round travel to Europe, with its popular daily direct flights from Montreal to Paris, France, and from Toronto to London in the UK, as well as frequent flights to Manchester and Glasgow.

Even more domestic and connecting flights

This winter, Air Transat is enriching its program of domestic flights, connecting many of Canada’s largest cities and opening up a wider choice of Sun and transatlantic destinations to travellers in those markets. The carrier is strongly developing its offer in Western Canada’s largest cities (Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton) to Torontoand Montreal, which significantly increases the number of South and Europedestinations available as well as the number of flights departing Western Canada. There will also be more flights between Montreal and Toronto, providing more flexibility to passengers looking to travel to a larger number of European destinations.

Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A330-342 C-GCTS (msn 177) YUL (Gilbert Hechema). Image: 940601.

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Air Transat leases two Airbus A320s from Condor

Air Transat's first Airbus A320 in the new livery

Air Transit has leased two Airbus A320-200s from Condor. The first has now been painted, albeit retaining the yellow Condor engines.

A320-212 C-GCKR msn 1416, ex D-AICK

A320-212 C-GCKU msn 1437 ex D-AICL

Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A320-212 C-GCKU (msn 1437) YUL (Gilbert Hechema). Image: 941209.

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Air Transat to start operating for Condor on November 5, 2018

Air Transat Airbus A330-243 C-GTSN (msn 369) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 910699.

Air Transat will start operating for Condor in November 2018 on two routes from Frankfurt with an Airbus A330-200. The Frankfurt – Punta Cana route will start on November 5, 2018 followed by Frankfurt – Varadero the following day per Airline Route.

Previously on October 2, 2017, Transat A.T. inc. and Thomas Cook Group Airlines announced the signing of a seven-year agreement for the exchange of aircraft on a seasonal basis. Under the terms of the agreement, Thomas Cook will make available every winter to Air Transat a number of narrow body Airbus A321s and will receive at least one wide-body Airbus A330-200 in return. This will enable both companies to manage and utilize their fleets more efficiently.

The agreement takes advantage of the different seasonality of the two companies: Air Transat uses a greater number of smaller aircraft in winter to serve its destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida, and larger aircraft in summer to serve the transatlantic market. In contrast, Thomas Cook uses smaller aircraft in summertime to fly to destinations around the Mediterranean Sea and larger wide-body aircraft in the winter to fly to the long-haul destinations like Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

 

Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A330-243 C-GTSN (msn 369) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 910699.

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