Montreal, February 14, 2008
Air Transat, Canada's leading holiday travel airline, has taken delivery of an additional Airbus A310-300 aircraft, bringing the number of wide-body jets in its fleet to 17. Together with Transat Holidays and its European partners, the airline will be offering this summer a total of 63 direct city-pair routes between Canada and Europe – more than any other airline – and flying travellers to 28 different destinations in 11 countries.
The aircraft, Air Transat’s 13th Airbus A310, will make its maiden flight this weekend, from Montreal to a South destination. Also, new flights to sun destinations will be added from Regina and Winnipeg this winter season. This latest addition to the fleet has also resulted in the hiring of 74 flight attendants and 14 pilots.
As of this coming May, Air Transat will also be enhancing passenger comfort by increasing the seat pitch — legroom — in Economy class on all of its aircraft. The change will see the space between each row of seats increase to 32 inches on average from 30. As a result, beginning in late May, all Airbus A310s in the fleet will feature a 249-seat configuration: 229 in Economy and 20 in Club class. Air Transat also operates 4 Airbus A330 that will feature 342 seats next summer.
In summer 2008, Transat Holidays and Air Transat will add Basel-Mulhouse as a destination. Located on the France-Swiss border, Bâle-Mulhouse offers travellers direct access to Switzerland and Alsace Region, in France. Switzerland thus joins the 10 other European countries served by Air Transat: Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. Several new connections will also be inaugurated this summer: Montreal–Dublin, Toronto–Nice, Vancouver–Paris and Calgary–Paris.
For information on destinations served by Air Transat and on other services provided by the carrier, including online seat selection and the Air Transat Kids Club program, visit www.airtransat.com. The best way to learn more about holiday packages available through Transat Holidays and Nolitours is to visit a travel agent.
About Air Transat
Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline. It carries close to 3 million passengers annually to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries. Air Transat has a fleet of 17 Airbus A330s and A310s. The company employs approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a subsidiary of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries.