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Air Transat pulls off the ultimate prank in new video

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Air Transat pulls off the ultimate prank in new video

Monday, January 14, 2019Posted by Travelweek Group

MONTREAL — What would you do if you were forced to give your unused vacation days to a colleague?

In a new video by Air Transat, this unjust scenario was pitched to employees of an unidentified company during a mock meeting with a Human Resources specialist.

An actor playing the ‘HR guy’ is seen reviewing employees’ unused vacation days, with one saying he used one vacation day to take an exam, and another admitting that she still constantly checked emails while on a recent camping trip.

At this point, a second employee joins the meeting. In sharp contract, these employees are adept at taking their vacation days, using them to their full advantage.

Then, the HR guy drops this bombshell: a new policy called the ‘Vacation Transfer Policy’ will go into effect, which requires Employee A to transfer all of his/her unused vacation days to Employee B, who just used up all of their days on a fun-filled trip to Punta Cana.M

No one said life was fair.

Not surprisingly, the idea doesn’t go over so well, especially for those who have to give up their days. One woman says she doesn’t agree with it, while another man flat out refused to sign the policy.

On the flip side, the beneficiary employees can’t contain their glee at the thought of getting more vacation days, even if they are coming at the expense of their colleagues.

Before the situation gets out of hand and in-company feuding begins, the HR guy breaks character and reveals that he really works for Air Transat, a company that thinks “vacations are really important”.

As such, he presents the overworked, vacation-less, deserving employees with a one-week, all expense-paid vacation.

Cue the shocked faces and jubilant smiles!

The video ends with this bit of advice from Air Transat: “You deserve your vacation days. Take them.”

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Air Transat Heads Back To St. Maarten

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04 JAN 2019: On December 22nd, Air Transat celebrated the return of flights to the island of St Maarten. The Minister of Tourism, representatives of the Tourist Office and the airport authorities welcomed flights TS218 and TS288, respectively arriving from Toronto and Montreal, with a traditional water salute ceremony during which fire trucks sprayed high arches of water over the aircrafts.  

Flights to St Maarten will be available every Saturday until April 20th, departing from Toronto and Montreal.

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Transat A.T. Inc. – Results for fourth quarter and fiscal 2018

Transat A.T. Inc. – Results for fourth quarter and fiscal 2018

Provided by Transat A.T. Inc/CNW

Margins affected by fuel prices in a year of strong growth

For the fourth quarter:

  • Revenues of $668.3 million, up 8.7%, from retained companies.
  • Operating income of $18.0 million.
  • Adjusted operating income1 of $35.9 million.
  • Net income attributable to shareholders of $7.8 million.
  • Adjusted net income3 of $16.9 million.
  • Land acquired in Puerto Morelos, in Mexico.

For the year:

  • Revenues of $3.0 billion, up 6.0%, from retained companies.
  • Operating loss of $44.6 million.
  • Adjusted operating income1 of $16.5 million.
  • Net income attributable to shareholders of $3.8 million.
  • Adjusted net loss3 of $24.5 million.
  • Sale of the subsidiary Jonview Canada Inc. for $48.9 million on November 30, 2017.

MONTRÉAL, Dec. 13, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Transat A.T. Inc., one of the largest integrated tourism companies in the world and Canada’s holiday travel leader, announces its results for the fourth quarter ended October 31, 2018.

“We are very pleased to have completed the acquisition of our first parcel of land in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. This is a major step in the development of our hotel division,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat.

“In 2018, we also moved forward on all the initiatives in our strategic plan. This will allow us to achieve our long-term financial objectives, despite a disappointing quarter and year, particularly due to the sharp increase in aircraft fuel prices in the spring. We are also satisfied with the strong growth in our comparable revenues, despite the sale of Jonview, which had annual revenue of $182.0 million last year.”

Fourth-quarter highlights

The Corporation posted revenues of $668.3 million for the quarter. Excluding the operations of the Jonview subsidiary sold in November 2017, the Corporation’s revenues were up 8.7% for the quarter. The number of travellers was up 14.8% in the transatlantic market, the Corporation’s main market for the period, while average selling prices were down 1.5%. In this market, the Corporation increased capacity by 13.6% compared with 2017, while overall capacity was up nearly 9%.

Operations generated adjusted operating income1 of $35.9 million, compared with $78.5 million in 2017. Operating income for 2017 included $8.0 million from the operations of businesses sold since then. The deterioration in operating income also resulted from higher fuel prices which, combined with the foreign exchange effect, resulted in a $35.3 million increase in operating expenses.

On a comparable basis, excluding the businesses sold recently (Ocean Hotels and Jonview), adjusted operating income1decreased by $34.6 million compared with the previous year.

Net income attributable to shareholders amounted to $7.8 million or $0.21 per share (diluted), compared with $148.1 million or $3.97 per share (diluted) in 2017. Net income for 2017 included $97.6 million from the sale of the Corporation’s interest in Ocean Hotels. Excluding non-operating items, Transat reported adjusted net income3 of $16.9 million ($0.45 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $46.4 million ($1.24 per share) in 2017.

Highlights for the year

The Corporation posted revenues of $3.0 billion for the year. Excluding the operations of the Jonview subsidiary sold in November 2017, the Corporation’s revenues were up 6.0% for the year. During the winter, the number of travellers was up 5.4% in the sun destinations market, the Corporation’s main market for the period, which resulted from the Corporation’s decision to increase its capacity by 7.7% in that market. The increase in revenues for the winter season was also accentuated by an 18.1% addition to capacity in the transatlantic market, resulting in a 14.8% rise in the number of travellers in that market. In addition, average selling prices slightly increased across all markets during the winter season. During the summer, the number of travellers increased by 13.2% in the transatlantic market, the main market during this period, which resulted from the Corporation’s decision to increase its capacity by 13.8% in this market, while average selling prices were slightly down.

Operations generated operating loss of $44.6 million, compared with an operating income of $34.7 million in 2017. Operating income in 2017 included $19.1 million from the operations of the wholly owned Jonview subsidiary and the minority interest in Ocean Hotels. The Corporation recognized an operating loss for the winter season amounting to $54.5 million (3.4%) compared with $65.7 million (4.2%) in 2017. On a comparable basis, excluding the operating results of Jonview and Ocean, the decrease was $16.6 million. The decrease in operating loss was primarily due to a higher number of travellers, combined with a slight increase in average selling prices across all markets, as well as the favourable foreign exchange effect which, combined with higher fuel prices, resulted in a $30.4 million decrease in operation expenses. The decrease in the Corporation’s operating loss was offset by lower load factors across all markets. During the summer, operating income totalled $10.0 million (0.7%) compared with $100.5 million (7.0%) for the previous year. Operating income for 2017 included $15.0 million from the operations of businesses sold since then. The decrease in operating results was also attributable to the increase in fuel prices which, combined with the foreign exchange effect, resulted in a $75.6 million increase in operating expenses.

Operations generated adjusted operating income1 of $16.5 million, compared with $102.0 million in 2017. On a comparable basis, excluding the businesses sold recently (Ocean Hotels and Jonview), adjusted operating income1decreased by $64.7 million compared with the previous year.

Net income attributable to shareholders amounted to $3.8 million for the year ended October 31, 2018 or $0.10 per share (basic and diluted), compared with $134.3 million or $3.63 per share (basic and diluted), for the previous year. Excluding non-operating items, Transat reported an adjusted net loss3 of $24.5 million ($0.65 per share) for 2018, compared with adjusted net income3 of $29.1 million ($0.79 per share) in 2017.

Sale of Jonview Canada Inc.

On November 30, 2017, the Corporation completed the sale of its subsidiary Jonview, which has an incoming tour operator business in Canada, to Japanese multinational H.I.S. Co. Ltd., which specializes in travel distribution. The selling price was $48.9 million, and the Corporation recognized a gain on business disposal of $31.3 million.

Financial position

As at October 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents amounted to $593.7 million, compared with $593.6 million on the same date in 2017. The working capital ratio was 1.38, compared with 1.51 as at October 31, 2017. Deposits from customers for future travel amounted to $510.6 million, compared with $433.9 million as at October 31, 2017, an increase of $76.7 million attributable to the higher booking volume for the winter season.

Off-balance-sheet agreements, excluding contracts with service providers, amounted to $2,506.9 million as at October 31, 2018, compared with $1,745.2 million as at October 31, 2017. The $761.7 million increase resulted primarily from agreements entered during the year to lease thirteen aircraft, including five Airbus A321neo LR, four Airbus A321neos, two Airbus A321ceos and two Airbus A330s, and also from the weakening of the dollar against the U.S. dollar, partially offset by repayments made during the year. The Airbus A321neo LR will gradually integrate the fleet starting in spring 2019 as the A310s are retired and will also replace certain wide-body Airbus A330s with leases expiring through 2022.

Outlook for the first half of fiscal 2019

Winter 2019 – In the sun destinations market, the Corporation’s main market for the period, Transat’s capacity is higher by 2% than the previous year. To date, 52% of that capacity has been sold, bookings are ahead by 5.6%, and load factors are 3.8% higher compared with 2018. The impact of fluctuations in the Canadian dollar, combined with increased fuel costs, will result in a 3.4% increase in operating expenses if the dollar against the U.S. dollar and aircraft fuel prices remain stable. Margins are currently at similar levels compared with the same date last year.

In the transatlantic market, where it is low season, load factors are tracking 9% higher than last winter. Prices are currently down 3.3% from the same date last year.

However, the Corporation considers that it is still too early to give any guidance regarding final results for the winter season.

Progress on strategic plan

Fiscal 2018 was the first year of the 2018–2022 strategic plan, and has seen the implementation of many plan components, which will have their impact in the years to come.

First, in the fourth quarter and November 2018, the Corporation acquired two adjacent parcels of land to be combined into one in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, on which it will soon be able to begin construction of its first hotel complex.

In addition, a number of actions have been implemented to improve air and distribution operations.

In particular, the transition to an all-Airbus fleet was initiated by the introduction of the first A321s and the ordering of additional A321neo LRs. Revenue and network management capabilities have been strengthened to optimize overall revenue. Agreements have been concluded with easyJet (GatwickConnects) and SNCF (TGV AIR) to give customers new options.

The Corporation has also made progress in its cost reduction and margin improvement initiatives, in particular through rent reductions on the Airbus A330s and the development of ancillary revenues. As a result, a no‑luggage fare (Eco Budget) has been introduced for departures as of April 1, 2019.

Work to optimize sales channels continued, which saw direct sales exceed the $1 billion mark for the first time in October.

The foundations are therefore laid for the Corporation to achieve its objectives over the horizon of the plan.

Additional information

The results were affected by non-operating items, as summarized in the following table:

Highlights and impact of non-operating items on results
(in thousands of C$)
Fourth quarterYear
2018201720182017
Revenues668,268698,5512,992,5823,005,345
Operating income17,96159,500(44,575)34,720
Special items2,2621,5752,2622,925
Depreciation and amortization15,83119,03559,12568,470
Premiums related to derivatives matured during the period(169)(1,569)(299)(4,090)
Adjusted operating income135,88578,54116,513102,025
Income before taxes12,039170,8001,418151,804
Special items2,2621,5752,2622,925
Fuel-related derivatives and other derivatives10,353(5,654)1,284(9,187)
Gain on business disposals(86,616)(31,064)(86,616)
Foreign exchange gain realized on business disposal(15,478)(15,478)
Premiums related to derivatives matured during the period(169)(1,569)(299)(4,090)
Adjusted pre-tax income (loss)224,48563,058(26,399)39,358
Net income attributable to shareholders7,762148,1473,819134,308
Special items1,6561,1531,6562,141
Fuel-related derivatives and other derivatives7,608(4,139)940(6,725)
Gain on business disposals(82,153)(30,736)(82,153)
Foreign exchange gain realized on business disposal(15,478)(15,478)
Premiums related to derivatives matured during the period(124)(1,149)(219)(2,994)
Adjusted net income (loss)316,90246,382(24,540)29,099
Earnings per share – diluted0.213.970.103.63
Special items0.040.030.040.06
Fuel-related derivatives and other derivatives0.20(0.11)0.03(0.18)
Gain on business disposals(2.20)(0.83)(2.23)
Foreign exchange gain realized on business disposal(0.41)(0.42)
Premiums related to derivatives matured during the period(0.03)(0.01)(0.08)
Adjusted net income (loss) per share30.451.24(0.65)(0.79)

Hedging – The Corporation records in the statement of income any gains or losses resulting from mark‑to‑market adjustments of the derivative financial instruments used to manage aircraft fuel-price risk, as well any gains or losses resulting from mark-to-market adjustments of certain hedging instruments used to manage exchange rate exposure. In the fourth quarter of 2018, this resulted in a $10.4 million non-cash loss ($7.6 million after income taxes), compared with a $5.7 million non-cash gain ($4.1 million after income taxes) in 2017. For the year, this resulted in a $1.3 million non-cash loss ($0.9 million after income taxes), compared with a $9.2 million non-cash gain ($6.7 million after income taxes) in 2017.

The Corporation uses derivative financial instruments to mitigate exchange rate exposure arising from its expenses and/or revenues in foreign currencies. Accordingly, under applicable accounting standards, any fluctuations resulting from the effective portion of mark-to-market adjustments of these instruments that are designated as hedging instruments are recorded in the consolidated statement of financial position and consolidated statement of comprehensive income rather than in the consolidated statement of income. For the fourth quarter of 2018, Transat recorded a gain of $11.0 million ($8.1 million after income taxes) on these foreign exchange derivatives, compared with $21.2 million ($15.5 million after income taxes) in 2017. For the year, Transat recorded a gain of $7.1 million ($5.2 million after income taxes) on these foreign exchange derivatives, compared with $3.2 million ($2.3 million after income taxes) in 2017.

About Transat
Transat A.T. Inc. is a leading integrated international tourism company specializing in holiday travel. Under the Transat and Air Transat banners, the Corporation offers vacation packages, hotel stays and air travel to some 60 destinations in more than 25 countries in the Americas and Europe. Based in Montréal, the Corporation has 5,000 employees. Transat is firmly committed to sustainable tourism development, as reflected in its multiple corporate responsibility initiatives over the past 12 years, and obtained Travelife certification in 2018 (TSX: TRZ).

NOTESThe following are non-IFRS financial measures used by management as indicators to evaluate ongoing and recurring operational performance.

  1. Adjusted operating income (loss): Operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization expense, restructuring charge, lump-sum payments related to collective agreements and other significant unusual items, including premiums for fuel-related derivatives and other derivatives matured during the period. The Corporation uses this measure to assess the operational performance of its activities before the aforementioned items to ensure better comparability of financial results.
  2. Adjusted pre-tax income (loss): Income (loss) before income tax expense before change in fair value of fuel-related derivatives and other derivatives, gain (loss) on business disposals, restructuring charge, lump-sum payments related to collective agreements, asset impairment and other significant unusual items, and including premiums for fuel-related derivatives and other derivatives matured during the period. The Corporation uses this measure to assess the financial performance of its activities before the aforementioned items to ensure better comparability of financial results.
  3. Adjusted net income (loss): Net income (loss) attributable to shareholders before net income (loss) from discontinued operations, change in fair value of fuel-related derivatives and other derivatives, gain (loss) on business disposals, restructuring charge, lump-sum payments related to collective agreements, asset impairment and other significant unusual items, and including premiums for fuel-related derivatives and other derivatives matured during the period, net of related taxes. The Corporation uses this measure to assess the financial performance of its activities before the aforementioned items to ensure better comparability of financial results. Adjusted net income (loss) is also used in calculating the variable compensation of employees and senior executives.

Conference call

Fourth quarter 2018 conference call: Thursday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. Dial 1-800-926-9801. Name of conference: Transat. Webcast: www.transat.com/en-CA/corporate. The archived call will be available until January 12, 2019 at 1-800-558-5253, access code 21881422.

The first quarter results will be released on March 14, 2019.

The Corporation’s shareholders’ meeting is scheduled for April 30, 2019. On that date, the Corporation will hold both the annual and a special meeting. The purpose of the special meeting will be to approve changes to our articles of incorporation to reflect the new foreign ownership regulatory constraints for Canadian air carriers. The meeting is therefore held slightly later than usual to provide sufficient time to allow for the implementation of such changes.

Non-IFRS financial measures

Transat prepares its financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). We will occasionally refer to non-IFRS financial measures in the news release. These non-IFRS financial measures do not have any meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. They are intended to provide additional information and should not be considered as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Caution regarding forward-looking statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements regarding the Corporation’s expectation that travel reservations will follow the trends. In making these statements, the Corporation has assumed that the trends in reservations and selling prices will continue, and that fuel prices, other costs and the value of the Canadian dollar against foreign currencies will remain stable. If these assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Results indicated in forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results for a number of reasons, including without limitation, economic conditions, changes in demand due to the seasonal nature of the business, extreme weather conditions, climatic or geological disasters, war, political instability, real or perceived terrorism, outbreaks of epidemics or disease, consumer preferences and consumer habits, consumers’ perceptions of the safety of destination services and aviation safety, demographic trends, disruptions to the air traffic control system, the cost of protective, safety and environmental measures, competition, the Corporation’s ability to maintain and grow its reputation and brand, the availability of funding in the future, fluctuations in fuel prices and exchange rates and interest rates, the Corporation’s dependence on key suppliers, the availability and fluctuation of costs related to our aircraft, information technology and telecommunications, changes in legislation, unfavourable regulatory developments or procedures, pending litigation and third party lawsuits, the ability to reduce operating costs, the Corporation’s ability to attract and retain skilled resources, labour relations, collective bargaining and labour disputes, pension issues, maintaining insurance coverage at favourable levels and conditions and at an acceptable cost, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Corporation’s continuous disclosure documents.

These forward-looking statements, by their nature, necessarily involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements. The Corporation considers the assumptions on which these forward-looking statements are based to be reasonable, but cautions the reader that these assumptions regarding future events, many of which are beyond its control, may ultimately prove to be incorrect since they are subject to risks and uncertainties that affect the Corporation. For additional information with respect to these and other factors, see the Annual Report for the year ended October 31, 2018, filed with Canadian securities commissions. The Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by securities laws.

www.transat.com

SOURCE Transat A.T. Inc.

Even more magic at the 14th edition of the Air Transat’s and Children’s Wish Foundation’s Flight with Santa Claus

News provided by Air Transat A.T. Inc

MONTREAL, Dec. 5, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – It has become a real tradition just before the holiday season, Air Transat and the Children’s Wish Foundation’s Flight with Santa Claus taking place today. Hundreds of children were part of the festivities with the hope of finding Santa somewhere in the sky between Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.   

Air Transat's Flight with Santa 2018 (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)

Upon their arrival, elves and animated characters welcomed children and their families at the Air Transat check-in counters at Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson and Vancouver airports. At the boarding gate, a number of activities awaited everyone before taking place in an Air Transat airplane. Shortly after take-off, mission accomplished: Santa himself appeared in the cabin, delighting everyone.

“At Air Transat, it warms our heart to enable hundreds of children and their families to experience a unique and magical moment”, said Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “Since 2004, this flight holds a very special place in our hearts and every year, we are amazed by the dedication of the Foundation, our employees, volunteers and collaborators that make this tradition such a wonderful event. They go all out to make this day an unforgettable one.”

“The annual Flight with Santa Claus is truly a magical day that brings incredible joy to children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness,” shares Chris Kotsopoulos, Chief Executive Officer at the Children’s Wish Foundation. “It allows children and their families to create special holiday memories to cherish for years to come.”

During this unique event, Air Transat announced a donation of $80,000 to Children’s Wish, which represents the amounts collected over the past year as part of the air carrier’s Small Change, Big Hearts program and other initiatives, and is in addition to the over $6 million raised for Children’s Wish since the inception of the partnership between both organizations in 2004.

For more information, follow the #SantaFlight hashtag on social media.

About Small Change, Big Hearts
The Small Change, Big Hearts program is supported by the donation of pocket change from Air Transat passengers at the end of each flight. Since December 2009, funds raised through the program have been donated in equal parts to The Children’s Wish Foundation and to SOS Children’s Villages, an international organization that assists orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries. Since November 2017, it has also been possible to contribute to Small Change, Big Hearts when booking a package online on transat.com, with a travel consultant or with a Transat call centre agent. Since the creation of this program in 2004, Transat has donated more than six million dollars to both charities.

About Air Transat
Air Transat is Canada’s number one holiday airline. It flies to some 60 destinations in the Americas and Europe, offers domestic and feeder flights within Canada, and carries nearly 4.5 million passengers every year. Based in Montreal, the company employs 3,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., a leading integrated international tourism company specializing in holiday travel and offering vacation packages, hotel stays and air travel. Transat was awarded Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its commitment to sustainable development.

Recent distinctions and awards (2017-2018)

  • Named World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Ranked by Atmosfair among the world’s Top 20 airlines for energy efficiency
  • Voted Best Leisure/Charter Airline at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Voted Best Airline at the Trophées Uni-Vers awards organized by the Association des Agents de Voyages du Québec

About Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 34 years, Children’s Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to over 25,000 children and their families – that’s three wishes each and every day, all year long!

Now more than ever, we are encouraging Canadians to donate and support Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. You can help grant the next single-most heartfelt wish. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information and to donate.

Source:
www.transat.com
www.childrenswish.ca

Air Transat's Flight with Santa 2018 - Montreal (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)
Air Transat's Flight with Santa 2018 - Toronto (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)
Air Transat's Flight with Santa 2018 - Toronto (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)
Air Transat's Flight with Santa 2018 - Toronto (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)
Air Transat's Flight with Santa 2018 - Montreal (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)
Air Transat's Flight with Santa Claus (CNW Group/Transat A.T. Inc.)

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Air Transat Boosts Cuba and Fort Lauderdale Coverage

News provided by Travel Plus Canada

19 November 2018 | By Jim Byers

Vintage american oldtimer car parked on a beach in Cuba (Photo via Delpixart / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Air Transat is boosting service to Cuba from Montreal and Toronto.

The beaches and culture of Cuba and South Florida are easier for Canadians to reach, thanks to Air Transat.

The airline is pleased to announce that as of February, it will give additional options to Canadians wishing to discover the idyllic beaches of Cuba. The carrier adds an additional frequency between Montreal and Cayo Coco, as well as between Toronto and Santa Clara. The number of flights will be five a week between Montreal and Cayo Coco, and Toronto and Santa Clara respectively this winter.

In addition, Florida lovers will enjoy a fifth flight each week connecting Montreal with Fort Lauderdale, starting in late December. Fort Lauderdale and Miami are important departure ports for cruise packages, with nearly thirty different routes. And each package includes return flight with Air Transat, transfers and cruises.

As a reminder, travelers who book a cruise package also benefit from the following Transat advantages:

Flight Protection: travellers are sure to get to their port in case of a flight or ship delay.

Make the fun last: travellers have the possibility to move up their departure date up to 14 days before their cruise or postpone their return up to 14 days after their journey at sea, at no extra cost.

Fort Lauderdale is a tremendous and growing destination in South Florida,with terrific food, a great beach, wonderful museums and historic properties, including the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, a marvellous spot that’s just steps from the beach.

A generous baggage allowance: passengers who book a cruise package benefit from an additional baggage allowance—an extra 5 kg for a total of 28 kg.

For details on flights, visit airtransat.com

Europe in the winter with Air Transat – From festive Scottish markets to the turquoise waters of the Algarve, passengers are invited to discover or rediscover Europe this season

News provided by Transat A.T. Inc. 

MONTREAL, Nov. 16, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – While planning their winter vacation, many Canadians will opt for a transatlantic trip to escape the rigours of winter and discover something new. With Air Transat, named the World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2018, travellers will be spoiled for choice this season. Faithful to its mission of making Europe accessible year-round, the airline has daily flights to Paris and London, as well as flights to Manchester, Glasgow, Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Malaga.

There’s no shortage of things to do in Europe in the winter. For one, there are the seasonal celebrations. In Scotland, for instance, many cities and towns hold holiday markets where travellers can find one-of-a-kind souvenirs, ride a Ferris wheel or do a little skating. In England, the cooler climate is the perfect excuse to drop by a historic pub for some comfort foods or to sip afternoon tea at London’s Barbican Conservatory. As for Paris, the off-season offers tourists the joy of visiting cafés and museums without the large crowds. 

Farther south, the turquoise waters and towering cliffs of the Algarve, in Portugal, and the white seaside villages of the Costa del Sol, in Spain, are drawing more and more Canadian tourists. In Malaga—which boasts the highest average temperatures in Spain and more than 300 days of sunshine annually—golfers have some 70 golf courses to choose from. Another idea is to fly to Faro, on Portugal’s south coast, to snap pictures of the Algarve’s magnificent landscapes, and then spend some time in the Douro Valley, near Porto, or in Lisbon, with its mouth-watering pasteis de nata.

After all, Air Transat’s multi-destination option lets travellers land in one city and return from another at no extra cost. This opens up a range of itinerary possibilities and lets people combine several destinations, such as Lisbon and Porto, or Paris and London.

Flights to Europe this winter: so many options…
This winter, Air Transat continues its daily direct flights from Montreal to Paris, while also upping the frequency of its flights to Malaga, the main hub of the Costa del Sol, in Spain, and to Lisbon and Porto, in Portugal. A weekly flight from Quebec City to Paris will be added in mid‑December, increasing to twice a week during the season’s peak moments.

Departures from Toronto to the UK will continue with daily flights to London, not to mention flights to Manchester and Glasgow. Air Transat will also fly more often to Lisbon and Porto, Portugal, and take vacationers to the Algarve, in the south of the country, via its flights to Faro.

Even more domestic flights and connections 
This winter, Air Transat will be enhancing its domestic flight program by linking several major Canadian cities. The airline is vastly expanding its program between the major western cities (Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton) and Toronto and Montreal in order to greatly facilitate access to European destinations. Flights will be added between Montreal and Toronto as well, giving passengers more flexibility.

Incomparable inflight experience
All Europe-bound passengers are in for an unparallelled inflight experience with Air Transat. The cabin comfort, free hot meals on transatlantic flights (including in Economy Class), personal entertainment system accessible via individual touch screens or Air Transat’s mobile app, as well as an attentive crew, are just some of the reasons why flying Air Transat is so enjoyable. Passengers in Club Class benefit from an exclusive cabin with spacious and comfortable seats, in addition to two checked bags, various priority services and a gourmet menu by Daniel Vézina.

Air Transat announces the departure of Jean-François Lemay

News provided by Transat A.T. Inc.

MONTREAL, Nov. 9, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Transat A.T. Inc. announced today that Jean-François Lemay, President and General Manager of its subsidiary Air Transat, will be leaving the airline in a few months’ time, following more than seven years of dedicated service with the integrated international tourism company, the past five at the helm of Air Transat. Mr. Lemay will continue in his current role until the company identifies a successor.

“We respect Jean-François’ decision to take on new challenges,” said Annick Guérard, Transat’s Chief Operating Officer, adding: “I wish to acknowledge his significant contribution to the development and growth of our air operations in recent years, and express my deepest appreciation for his commitment and for the tremendous work he has accomplished.”

Jean-François Lemay has overseen a number of structure-enhancing projects for the air carrier, which included reducing its air costs, establishing a new senior management team, driving strong growth through the insourcing of Air Transat’s narrow-body fleet, operating the so-called double flexible fleet, and transforming the fleet, which will consist entirely of Airbus aircraft by 2022.

Transat will announce the name of his successor in due course.

What’s new for families with Air Transat

AirTransatLogoThe company strengthens its position as the perfect airline for family vacations and unveils new livery

MONTREALNov. 5, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, named the 2018 World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, adds to its family program by unveiling a new Kids Club livery and a new kids’ meal to make travelling more fun for all its passengers, big and small.

For more than 12 years, the Air Transat Kids Club has been welcoming mini-globetrotters aged 2 to 11 for free, offering them members’ kits filled with travel goodies, priority airport services, on-board surprises and more.

“At Air Transat, we always have the needs of families at heart,” says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer at Transat. “We have been accompanying them on their dreams and holidays for more than 30 years. We understand their expectations, care about their well-being and do everything possible to make their lives easier, from the moment they arrive at the airport to the time they reach their final destinations.

“As a company that specializes in holiday travel, our concern for families is evident in many ways, mainly in the little extras from a crew who fully understands their needs and wants to ensure that their vacations start as soon as they board.”

A new livery, a new meal, and much more!
Families may have the opportunity to travel aboard an Airbus A321 adorned with the Air Transat Kids Club smiley face and googlie eyes. This aircraft, used mainly for Florida and South flights, will surely bring a smile to the faces of both kids and their parents.

In addition, to satiate the big appetites of its mini-passengers, Air Transat is introducing a new kids’ meal, free on transatlantic flights1 and also available on South flights. Served on a tray with the Kids Club colours, the meal will consist of mac and cheese with apple sauce, cookies and juice—all kids’ favourites! The on-board surprises will also be revamped.

As a holiday airline dedicated to offering the very best in family vacations, Air Transat showcases its Kids Club in its latest ad. “In our characteristic dreamlike style and featuring our employees once again, we are underlining how important vacations are,” adds Guérard. “Family holidays, in particular, are a special time of the year, as they allow us to get closer and create precious memories.”

Lastly, Air Transat would like to remind families that it offers free and automated standard seat assignments to ensure that kids 12 and under are seated with their parents.

Kids Club advantages
Here are the many perks offered to Kids Club members and their families:

  • A member’s kit filled with cool travel goodies
  • Free standard seat selection for members on their roundtrip flights
  • A family check-in counter for speedier service
  • Priority boarding for the whole family, in Economy Class
  • On-board surprises to make flying fun
  • Priority baggage handling
  • Stroller gate delivery service
  • And much more!

Transat cancels Nicaragua program in wake of civil unrest

Friday, October 26, 2018 Posted by 

MONTREAL — Transat has confirmed that it is cancelling its Nicaragua flights in light of civil unrest in the country.

The company was set to offer Nicaragua as part of its 2018/2019 winter Sun lineup, with flights out of Toronto and Montreal to Managua.

“We initially scheduled two flights a week out of Toronto and once a week out of Montreal from Dec. 20 to the end of March,” says Transat spokesperson Debbie Cabana.

“As a result of the ongoing civil unrest and the subsequent weak demand, we have decided to remove the flights to Managua, Nicaragua from our 2018-2019 winter program.”

She adds that clients who had booked flights to this destination may modify their booking or obtain a full refund.

Transat adds Santiago de Cuba to its list of Sun destinations

livree2012_2Montreal, October 24, 2018 — Transat is pleased to announce that Santiago de Cuba has been added to its Sun portfolio, which now features 35 destinations. Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, will be flying to the Cuban city out of Toronto every Wednesday as of December 19, 2018. Transat will offer travellers a selection of hotels with something for every budget, as well as its first South Your Way tour and a Duo package that combines beach and city.

New destination to discover

Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second-largest city after Havana, has the perfect balance of beachside idyll and urban bustle. As with Transat’s other five Cuban destinations, the city offers the trademark Caribbean white-sand beaches. Diving aficionados already know: the waters in the area are a perfect place to pursue their passion. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Santiago de Cuba is rich in history, with myriad treasures to discover, including numerous palaces and cathedrals, symbols of its colonial past.