Air Transat

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Air Transat
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded December 1986
Commenced operations November 14, 1987
Operating bases
Fleet size 36 (winter) & 26 (summer),[1] 40,[2] 33[3]
Destinations 82
Company slogan Your Vacation People
Parent company Transat A.T. Inc.
Headquarters Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Key people
Revenue Increase CAN$3.8 billion (2014)
Net income Increase CAN$22.9 million (2014)
Total assets Increase CAN$1.4 billion (2014)
Employees 2,000 (2014)

Air Transat is a Canadian airline based in Montreal, Quebec,[4] operating scheduled and charter flights, serving 60 destinations[5] in 25 countries. The airline is owned and operated by Transat A.T. Inc. During the summer season its main destinations are Europe and in the winter season the Caribbean, Mexico, United States and Central America, though the airline operates many year-round flights to Europe from their Toronto and Montreal bases. Its main Canadian gateways are Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport. The airline also has operations at Calgary International Airport, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Vancouver International Airport[6] and others.


Air Transat Lockheed L-1011 in 1995
Airbus A310-304(ET) (C-GTSF) in old livery

Air Transat made its inaugural flight on November 14, 1987, travelling from Montreal to Acapulco. Six years later, Air Transat assumed defunct Nationair's maintenance base and aircraft. Today, the company books over 3.5 million passengers a year. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transat A.T. Inc.

Air Transat is one of Canada's largest airlines, after Air Canada and WestJet. Air Transat has 2,100 (2010) employees.[7] On February 13, 2011, Air Transat Flight TS163 operated with their first all female flight crew from Cancun to Vancouver. The airline has won many awards, including the 2012 Skytrax World's Best Leisure Airline Award.[8]

2009: CanJet partnership[edit]

On February 13, 2009, Transat A.T. announced a five-year partnership with CanJet. Since 1 May 2009, Transat Tours Canada has chartered CanJet's Boeing 737 aircraft flying from Canadian cities to various destinations. This replaced an agreement with Calgary based Westjet.[9]

2013: Transavia France partnership[edit]

On September 13, 2013, Air Transat struck a seasonal lease deal with Air France-KLM leisure carrier Transavia France, covering the lease of up to nine Boeing 737-800s by 2019. The deal, which extends a 2010 winter capacity agreement, calls for Transavia France to lease four 737-800s to Air Transat during winter 2014, five in 2016, six in 2017, seven in 2018 and eight in 2019.[10]

2015/2016: Transporting Syrian refugees to Canada[edit]

Although the first two groups of refugees from Syria arrived in Canada on government aircraft in December 2015, the next two groups were on Air Transat planes; the first was Flight TS8500 from Amman, Jordan to Toronto which departed on 20 December. While it was unlikely that Air Transat would be the exclusive airline chartered by the Canadian government, especially if 35,000+ refugees would arrive in 2016[11] a spokesman advised the Toronto Star that the company had been confirmed as the airline that would bring the second group to Canada on 21 December.[12] In a Transat press release, Jean-François Lemay, the carrier's GM, made the following statement, “We are very pleased to be the first Canadian airline company to engage in this major humanitarian effort, and to be assisting the Canadian government and international authorities in this way”.[13]


Air Transat specializes in charter flights from 19 Canadian cities to vacation destinations, mainly to 15 countries in the south during winter and in 11 European countries during summer. Also, some destinations are provided all year around by the airline. From June to September 2015, connecting flights from Quebec City and Halifax to Montreal, and from Vancouver to Toronto, will provide access to new European destinations and more flight frequencies on certain routes.


Current fleet[edit]

The Air Transat fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of January 16, 2016):[1][2][3]

Air Transat Fleet
Aircraft No. of aircraft
Air Transat
No. of aircraft
No. of aircraft
Transport Canada
Variants Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A310 N/A 9 9 A310-300 12 238 250 2 GE CF6-80C2A2 or 2 GE CF6-80C2A8 engines
Airbus A330 N/A 12 12 8 - A330-200
3 - A330-300
1 - A330-330
2 Rolls-Royce Trent 772B/C-60 engines
2 Rolls-Royce Trent 772-60 engines
2 Rolls-Royce Trent 772B/C-60 engines
Boeing 737 N/A 19 12 2 - 737-700
17 or 10 - 737-800
700 series not listed at Air Transat site
2 GE CFM56 engines

Fleet gallery of Air Transat aircraft in current livery

An Air Transat A330-243 (C-GTSI) just departed from Frankfurt Airport
Air Transat A310-308 (C-GLAT)
Air Transat Airbus A330-243 (C-GTSZ) landing at Montreal Airport

Historic fleet[edit]

Air Transat has operated Airbus A320-200, Boeing 727-200, 737-400, 757-200, Lockheed L-1011-150 and L-1011-500 aircraft.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Air Transat Airbus A330-342 (C-GKTS) in old livery in Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
  • August 24, 2001 : Air Transat Flight 236, an Airbus A330-200, en route from Toronto to Lisbon with 306 crew and passengers, made an emergency landing in the Azores without engine power due to fuel starvation over the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft safely landed at Lajes Air Base, on the island of Terceira. The aircraft was evacuated in 90 seconds. All 306 passengers on board survived. An investigation revealed that the cause of the accident was a fuel leak in the number two engine which was caused by an incorrect part installed in the hydraulics system by Air Transat maintenance staff. The part did not maintain adequate clearance between the hydraulic lines and the fuel line, allowing vibration in the hydraulic lines to degrade the fuel line and cause the leak. The aircraft involved in the incident was repaired and remains in service with Air Transat. The incident went down in history as the longest non-powered flight and landing by a commercial airliner.[14]
  • March 6, 2005 : Air Transat Flight 961, an Airbus A310-300, en route from Varadero to Quebec City with nine crew and 261 passengers on board, experienced a structural failure in which the rudder detached in flight. The crew returned to Cuba, where they made a safe landing. It has been established that no unusual rudder inputs had been used by the crew during the flight, they were not manipulating the rudder when it failed and there was no obvious fault in the rudder or yaw-damper system. The investigation that followed determined that the manufacturer's inspection procedure for the composite rudder was not adequate. Inspection procedures for composite structures on airliners were changed because of this incident.[15]


  1. ^ a b Our aircraft
  2. ^ a b - Air Transat Fleet
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Air Transat". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Contact Us." Air Transat. Retrieved on May 20, 2009. "Postal address: Air Transat 5959 Côte-Vertu Blvd. Montreal, Quebec H4S 2E6 Canada"
  5. ^ "Air Transat | Profile". Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  6. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 67. 
  7. ^ "Backgrounders". Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  8. ^ "Air Transat Named World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2012". Air Transat. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Transat A.T. Inc. - Transat and CanJet forge 5-year partnership for narrow-body aircraft". Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Transavia France inks 737-800 deal with Air Transat". Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  11. ^ The Associated Press (21 December 2015). "Canada aims to double intake of Syrian refugees to 50,000: McCallum". Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario). Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  12. ^ Westoll, Nick (20 December 2015). "Canada may double refugee intake by end of 2016: McCallum". Toronto Star (Toronto, Ontario). Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  13. ^ no by-line.--> (20 December 2015). "Flight TS8500 has now left Amman for Toronto". Transat. Transat A.T. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  14. ^ A330 'glider' drama facts revealed. Flight International, 26 Oct 2004. Retrieved 5 Jan 2007.
  15. ^ Weakest points. Flight International, 19 July 2005. Retrieved 5 January 2007.

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