Air Transat A.T. Inc. is an airline based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, operating scheduled and charter flights and serving 90 destinations in 25 countries. The airline is owned and operated by Transat A.T. During the summer season its main destinations are Europe and domestic flights within Canada and in the winter season the Caribbean, Mexico, USA and South America. It is the designated carrier between Canada and Cuba. Its main base is Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, with hubs at Toronto Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport. The airline also focuses operations at Calgary International Airport and Québec/Jean Lesage International Airport.
Air Transat was founded by former Quebecair employees in December 1986 as an off-shoot of Trafic Voyages. It 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 2.5 million passengers a year. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transat A.T. Inc. Separate companies (Transat Holidays, Nolitours, Jonview Canada) operate under the banner of TDC (Transat Distribution Canada) which specialize in organizing, marketing, and distributing vacation travel and packages. The organization includes tour operators and retail travel outlets based in Canada and France. Today Air Transat is one of Canada's largest airlines, after Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and WestJet.
On 14 July 2006, Transat announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire British tour operator The Airline Seat Company for £20.4 million (approximately C$42.8 million). Between 1995 and 2006 The Airline Seat Company established a large proportion of its business under the banner of Canadian Affair, a tour operator and agent for charter flights between the UK and Canada.
Air Transat has 2,667 employees.
Air Transat specializes in charter flights from several Canadian cities to vacation destinations, mainly in the south during the winter months and in Europe during the summer.
|Route||Start Date||End Date||Equipment|
|Vancouver - Santa Clara||December 24||Airbus 310|
|Vancouver - Madrid||Summer 2009||Airbus 330|
|Vancouver - Barcelona||Summer 2009||Airbus 330|
|Montreal - Venice||Summer 2009||Airbus 310|
|Toronto - Rome||Summer 2009||Airbus 310|
|Toronto - Venice||Summer 2009||Airbus 310|
|Montreal - Beirut - Tehran||Summer 2009 (waiting for gov't approval)||unknown|
|Toronto - Milan||Summer 2009||Airbus 310|
|Airbus A310-300||14||249 (20/229)||Atlantic & South America||Exit from service 2013|
|Airbus A330-200||3||342 (21/321)||Atlantic & South America|
|Airbus A330-300||1||342 (21/321)||Atlantic & South America|
As of 19 September 2008, Air Transat fleet average age is 15.9 years old.