Air Transat celebrates its first direct flight from Montreal to Tel Aviv

Canada's ambassador to Israel welcomes dignitaries and business partners for the occasion 

MONTREAL, June 19, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Transat celebrated the start of its new direct Montreal-Tel Aviv flight yesterday during an event held at the official residence of Canada's ambassador to Israel.

Left to right: Mr Ziv Nevo Kulman - Israeli Consul General in Montreal and Permanent Representative to ICAO; Mr Gilles Ringwald - - Commercial Vice-president, Air Transat; Mr Gideon Thaler TAL aviation CEO; Mr Amir Halevi – Director-General Ministry of tourism; Mr Ralph Jansen – Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Canada in Tel Aviv (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)

Launching its inaugural flight on June 18, Air Transat is the first Canadian airline to offer a flight between the two metropolises, twice a week. Also available from Toronto with a connection in Montreal, this new flight on Airbus A330-200 aircraft consisting of 332 seats will allow travellers to enjoy an unparalleled experience with Air Transat, named Best North American Leisure Airline five years in a row.

Gilles Ringwald, Vice-President, Commercial, of Air Transat, thanked the dignitaries present, including Yariv Levin, Israel's Minister of Tourism; Ziv Nevo Kulman, Consul General of Israel in Montreal and Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); as well as Gideon Thaler, President and CEO of TAL Aviation.

In addition, a celebration took place at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for the inauguration of the new flight. It was in this festive spirit that representatives of Air Transat and Israel welcomed the flight from Canada together with the traditional ceremony of the water salute, during which fire trucks spray high arches of water over a plane.

It is worth reminding that all Economy Class passengers travelling with Air Transat to or from Tel Aviv will be allowed one piece of checked baggage of 30 kg and a carry-on of 10 kg. In addition, to meet certain dietary preferences and restrictions, Air Transat offers all passengers the option to pre-order special meals, such as glatt kosher meals, up to 72 hours before departure.

Club Class and Option Plus: an even more generous baggage allowance and other benefits
Passengers travelling in Club Class to or from Tel Aviv will benefit from two pieces of checked baggage of 32 kg each, for a total of 64 kg, in addition to VIP treatment on board and many other perks in an exclusive cabin with 12 wide seats. Meanwhile, Economy Class passengers who book an Option Plus upgrade will be allowed one additional piece of checked baggage of 30 kg, for a total of 60 kg. Option Plus benefits also include seat selection, priority check-in, boarding and baggage handling, as well as other on-board extras.

A comprehensive program with Transat 
Israel immerses travellers in a captivating region, rich in culture, history and gastronomy. While thousands of pilgrims flock there every year to visit the holy cities of Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem, others make the trip to party in vibrant Tel Aviv, to rejuvenate in the Dead Sea or to wander on camels through the Negev desert.

In addition to a flight, Transat also offers fascinating guided tours and packages to entice its clients to choose Israel as a vacation destination. Guided tours to fully explore the destination with passionate guides; packages that include roundtrip flight, accommodations, transfers and certain meals; and à la carte visits for customized holidays – there is something for everyone in Transat's program,

And lastly, Israelis who wish to visit their friends and family in Canada for the festivities of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and the 375th anniversary of Montreal can explore the country with Air Transat's domestic flights between the major cities – Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver.

For more details on Air Transat's summer flight program, visit

About Air Transat
Air Transat is Canada's number one holiday travel airline in the Canadian and transatlantic markets. Every year, it carries some three million passengers to approximately 60 destinations in 26 countries. Based in Montreal, the company employs more than 2,500 people and operates a fleet of Boeing narrow-body and Airbus wide-body jets. In 2016, Air Transat was named Best North American Leisure Airline for the fifth consecutive year by Skytrax. In recent years, the carrier has earned multiple distinctions for its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. Since 2011, it has consistently been ranked number one in North America for energy efficiency, and in the Top 20 worldwide, by the Atmosfair Airline Index. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., a leading integrated international tourism company active in air transportation, accommodation, travel packaging and distribution. Transat was awarded Travelife Partner status in 2016 in recognition of its commitment to sustainable development. The vacation travel companion par excellence, Transat celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017.


SOURCE Transat A.T. Inc.

Marie-Annick Lalande, Public Relations and Marketing Advisor, Transat Tours Canada, 514-987-1616, ext. 4076