Air Transat is a low-cost Canadian airline founded in 1986 and it operates out of its main aviation hub in Quebec, Montreal. It is privately owned by Transat A.T. Inc., a highly reputable international tourism company. Air Transat commenced operations in 1987 and it operates charter and scheduled flights. It serves 60 destinations in 26 countries carrying nearly 3.5 million passengers every year. As one of Canada’s biggest airlines, Air Transat offers its domestic passengers flights out of five Canadian airports. It is the second-best leisure airline in the world and the best airline in North America for the same category for the sixth consecutive year. It has been consistently ranked number one in North America because of energy efficiency. Air Transat’s main destinations during summer are the European cities and its main destinations during winter are United States, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
2018: Air Transat was awarded the World’s Best Leisure Airline awarded by Skytrax.
2017: Air Transat was awarded the second best leisure airline in the world at the Skytrax
2016: Air Transat was awarded the Best North American Leisure Airline award for the fifth consecutive year by Skytrax
Air Transat has a number of partnership and code-sharing agreements. Some of them include partnerships with:
Air Transat offers both two main classes (a) Economy (b) Club class. The Club class is the premium services provided and it features luxury, comfort, space, and privacy. The offered facilities onboard the Economy class depends on the ticket fare which comes in three tiers (a) Eco Budget, (b) Eco Standard and (c ) Eco Flex. this categorization seeks to meet the passengers' personal needs of amenities and to accommodate the travelers budget limits.
Air Transat operates a fleet of Boeing narrow-body and Airbus wide-body jets. The fleet consists of the following models:
All the passengers irrespective of their ticket prices or class onboard Air Transat are allowed to carry cabin baggage complimentary. The Economy class passengers are qualified for one piece of cabin baggage weighing a total of 10 kgs with maximum dimensions of 23 x 40 x 51 cm including handes and wheels. The Club class passengers are eligible for one carry-on piece of 15 kgs. Along with the carry-on baggage, camera bags, purses, and laptops are also allowed.
Charges on extra pieces apply though excess baggage allowance depends on space availability. The first additional excess piece incurs $200. Passengers are highly recommended to check out their baggage allowances during the booking process to enjoy a seamless flight with Air Transat.
Passengers holding Air Transat tickets have a number of in-flight facilities made available by the airline while keeping in mind the passengers’ comfort and convenience for a travel experience worth remembering.
While complimentary meals and beverages are not available, Air Transat does offer its valued passengers a number of options for meals such as sandwiches, Pizzas, breakfast menu items, snacks and much more. Meals and beverages are available at very affordable prices for the customers. Furthermore, chef-curated menus are offered and they can be ordered online or via phone. Special meal orders should be placed 48 hours before the scheduled flight time of departure.
Furthermore, in-flight comfort kits are also available for only minimal fees of 9 Canadian Dollars. The comfort kit includes a blanket, an inflatable neck pillow, and a sleep mask. The onboard payment for all these services can be made via credit card including a MasterCard, Visa as well as American Express.
In-flight entertainment is available and the passengers have the opportunity to choose from a number of movies, TV shows as well as music to enjoy their time while onboard
Air Transat offers the passengers online check-in to make their travel experience hassle-free. The passengers can check-in through their personal devices connected to the Internet. The passengers have the option to also receive their boarding pass electronically on their mobile devices. Passengers with confirmed Air Transat booking can check-in 24 to two hours prior to scheduled departure time. They need to have their Air Transat e-ticket printed before they check-in. Online check-in service is not available for minors, the passengers traveling from Rome, the passengers requesting special service, and those traveling on a code-shared flight.
Air Transat offers three kinds of seats. Standard seat, Two-by-Two seats and seats with more legroom. Once booking is confirmed, travelers can reserve their preferred seats up to 24 hours before the flight departure time. The fare of the ticket defines whether or not a given passenger is eligible to select his favorite seat while traveling onboard Air Transat. The passengers traveling on the Club class are qualified for complimentary seat selection. The passengers traveling on Economy class can select their favorite seats in return of nominal fees depending on the final destinations and seasons.
Air Transat was founded by a group of business partners.
Air transat launched its inaugural flight from Montreal to Acapulco.
Air Transat assumed the maintenance base and aircraft of the defunct Nationair.
Air Transat signed a lease deal with Air France-KLM carrier Transavia France, covering the lease of up to nine Boeing 737-800s extending to 2019.