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Transat A.T. Inc. has announced its Air Transat business unit has signed an agreement with AerCap for the long-term (12-year) leasing of 10 Airbus A321neo long-range aircraft (above). The aircraft are to be delivered between spring 2019 and fall 2020, and will replace Transat’s Airbus A310s, which will be gradually retired from the fleet (below).
Air Transat will be among the first carriers to operate the new long-range (LR) variant of the Airbus A321neo (new engine option). The A321neo LR has the longest range of any single-aisle jetliner, capable of flying up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km). It is ideally suited for Transat’s combination of routes. Specifically, its size gives major flexibility in terms of flight commercialization and frequency while its fuel efficiency will keep cost per seat as low as possible, while reducing its carbon footprint.
Air Transat’s fleet currently consists of 31 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.
The A321neo LRs will be deployed on both Sun destinations and transatlantic routes. Combined with the Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s, they will serve Transat’s entire network in an efficient and cost-effective way. Air Transat’s A321neo LRs will be configured for 200 seats across both classes: Club and Economy. All seats will be equipped with individual touch screens offering an extensive choice of entertainment for all.
MONTREAL, Nov. 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – With 375 partners and guests in attendance at its facilities at Montréal–Trudeau airport, Transat A.T. Inc., Canada’s largest integrated tourism company, today celebrated its 30th anniversary, taking the opportunity to unveil its new fleet livery, which, like the company, blends innovation with continuity. “I feel a great sense of pride when I look at how far we’ve come since November 14, 1987, when our first flight took off From Montreal bound for Acapulco,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat. “And our journey is far from over. While our tour operating business and our aviation operations are tried and tested, our services continue to evolve to meet the expectations of travellers today and in the future. We have plenty of innovations coming up, including the new fleet livery that we are unveiling this evening, and the new hotel division that we are about to create, all in pursuit of our goal of remaining at the forefront of the travel industry.”
Throughout its 30-year history, Transat has stayed true to the vision of its founders: that of a leisure travel company open to the world. Today, Transat offers customers 60 destinations in two major markets: transatlantic (Europe and the Middle East) and South, out of 21 Canadian airports. It commercializes its flights to Canada in 13 European countries, as well as in Israel, the United Statesand at its Sun destinations. It boasts 5,000 passionate employees worldwide, who help brighten the everyday with the joy of vacations for more 4.5 million passengers every year. And it is working to build a better future for the planet, through engagement with communities and investments in sustainable development.
“The story of Transat’s growth over the past 30 years is a remarkable one,” said Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier of Quebec, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister Responsible for the Digital Strategy, in her address. “Today, Transat isCanada’s leading integrated tourism company, and Air Transat is the country’s number one leisure carrier. Transat also attracts some 500,000 European travellers each year to Quebec and the rest of Canada, notably from France and the United Kingdom, two major tourism markets. Through its operations, this first-class employer generates substantial economic benefits for all of Quebec.”
Air Transat’s new colours
Unveiled during the evening, the new Air Transat fleet livery reflects the recent evolution of the Transat brand image and remains faithful to the company’s promise: to brighten the everyday with the joy of vacations. The star symbol, recognized emblem of Transat, is proudly displayed on the tail and the rear side fuselage and also on the wingtips. To mark the 30th anniversary, the design uses touches of grey, a nod to Air Transat’s very first livery. That livery features gradated shades of blue, to evoke the transformative power of holidays. Finally, the Air Transat name appears on the side and underside of the fuselage, ensuring its visibility even when the aircraft is in flight.
This photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in Dutch Caribbean Sint Maarten, on Sept. 6, 2017. (Gerben Van Es / Dutch Defense Ministry via AP)
MONTREAL — Canadian travellers hoping to vacation in St. Maarten this winter will have to make alternative plans after hurricane damage forced several airlines to suspend service for the season.
Air Canada issued an advisory on its website saying that damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria has resulted in its suspension of all flights to the Caribbean island and Puerto Rico. Affected customers can obtain a refund.
The storms had deadly consequences for island residents but no material impact on the airline’s results even though it sent several flights to pick up stranded passengers.
AirTransat also said it has suspended service for the season that was expected to run from Dec. 23 to April 28.
“Due to the impacts of hurricanes, the tourism infrastructure on the island has suffered greatly,” the tour company which operates Air Transat wrote in an email.
“Many hotels have been severely damaged and customer demand has also been affected.” Meanwhile, WestJet said in an email late Monday that it would resume service to the Caribbean island in May. Spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said WestJet operated about 16,000 seats to St. Maarten last winter with four weekly flights. Sunwing couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. Published reports in St. Maarten say Princess Juliana International Airport sustained up to US$100 million in damages, including to the terminal roof. The airport has been using temporary facilities since it reopened to commercial traffic Oct. 10.
Other islands that were battered by hurricanes are preparing to welcome Canadian travellers.
Montreal-based Transat said it will begin flights from Toronto and Montreal to Puerto Rico in mid-February, instead of Dec. 24, while its normal service has resumed to most of Cuba. Transat also said its cruise line partners are reviewing winter itineraries in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Revisions are expected to be announced within weeks, but dates of voyage won’t change. The weather-related disruptions have prompted Air Transat to expand its offerings to popular sun destinations in Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Florida, and parts of Cuba and Mexico. The airline carries Canadians to 35 sun destinations from 22 Canadian cities.