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STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1987. REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
5959 CHEMIN COTE VERTU QUEST
MONTREAL, QUEBEC H4S 2E6, CANADA
CANADA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1867, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 9,976,139 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 30 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS OTTAWA, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE ENGLISH & FRENCH.
JANUARY 1993: 1992 = +17.5% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +10.6% PASSENGERS (PAX).
MARCH 1993: AIR TRANSAT (AIJ) HAS 120 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) APPROVAL TO PARIS.
MAY 1993: MONTREAL TO LONDON GATWICK (LGW) (757-200).
JUNE 1995: 1 L-1011-385-1 (RB211-22B) BOUGHT FOR $1.2 MILLION, EX-ALL NIPPON (ANA).
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +$16.9 MILLION (+$5.6 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
TO PURCHASE CONTROL OF "LOOK VOYAGES," 2ND LARGEST TOUR OPERATOR OF FRANCE (600 EMPLOYEES)
TRANSAT A T INC, SOLD 3 727-200'S, IN 1995.
JULY 1996: 1 L-1011-1 (1037), EX-(CAT). CONSIDERING A 757-200, EX-TRANSAVIA (TAV), (ILF) LEASED.
NOVEMBER 1996: 2 L-1011-500'S (1242; 1243), EX-(TAP) PORTUGAL, (EARLY 1997).
DECEMBER 1996: 1 757 (25622), EX-(ASY), (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED.
JANUARY 1997: 1996 = 1.75 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+22%).
2 L-1011-500'S, EX-(TAP).
APRIL 1997: FRANCOIS LEGAULT RESIGNS.
TAKES OVER ROUTES ABANDONED BY CANADIAN (CDI): MONTREAL, & TORONTO, TO PARIS.
1 L-1011-100 (RB211-22B), EX-POTOMAC.
MAY 1997: 1 L-1011-1 (1108), EX-(TWA), FROM 3 YEARS @ MARANA, ARIZONA.
NOVEMBER 1997: SCHEDULED CARGO SERVICES TO BELIZE, WHERE 75% OF ITS CITRUS CROPS, SUGAR, BANANAS, MELONS, & SEAFOOD, ARE EXPORTED TO THE USA (727).
1 L-1011-500 (1239), EX-(TAP), FORTIS LEASED.
DECEMBER 1997: IN SUMMER 1998, CHARTERS FROM FRANKFURT, TO WHITEHORSE, AND FROM TORONTO, TO ABERDEEN.
2 737-46M'S, 170 PAX, (EBA) LEASED, TIL MARCH 1998.
JAN 1998: 1997 = +C$25.4 MILLION (+C$22.2 MILLION).
2 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 1999) A330-200'S (TRENT 700), (ILF) 10 YEARS LEASED.
FEBRUARY 1998: VOTED "BEST FOREIGN TOUR OPERATOR" BY FRENCH TOURIST
APRIL 1998: 900 EMPLOYEES.
L-1011-385-3 (1239) LEASED.
JUNE 1998: L-1011-385-1 (1037) BROKEN UP.
JULY 1998: 2 L-1011-385-1'S (1025; 1032), EX-AIR CANADA (ACN).
NOVEMBER 1998: 757-200 (24543) RETURNED TO (ILF), LEASED TO ARKIA (ARK). L-1011-500 (1239) LEASED TO STAR AIRLINES (STU), FOR 2 YEARS.
DECEMBER 1998: 2 737-46M'S (28549;, 28550), VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA) LEASED FOR WINTER SEASON.
JANUARY 1999: 1 L-1011-500 (1246, C-FTSW), EX-CARIBJET (CBJ), "C" CHECK BY (TAP) AIR PORTUGAL.
FEBRUARY 1999: 1ST A330-243 (TRENT 772B), (ILF) LEASED, HAS
"www.transat.com" ON FUSELAGE (C-GTSU). TO BE USED FOR NON-STOPS TO HAWAII, FRANKFURT, AND ATHENS. HOPES SPECIFIC FUEL CONSUMPTION (SFC) TO BE -9% OF 757, & -29% OF L-1011.
APRIL 1999: 1,230 EMPLOYEES. SITA: YMXKRTS.
MAY 1999: 2ND A330-200 DELIVERY. 2 737-46M'S (28544; 28550) RETURNED TO VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA).
JUNE 1999: CLIVE EDWARDS, VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING, REPLACES FRED OUIMET, WHO RETIRED.
1 ORDER (OCTOBER 1999) A330-300, (ILF) LEASED, (TRENT 700) (111), EX-DRAGONAIR (DRG). 2 L-1011-150'S (1032, 1108), PARTED OUT.
JULY 1999: L-1011-100 (1025) PARTED OUT.
AUGUST 1999: JOINS "TRISTAR ALLIANCE" WITH LOCKHEED MARTIN AIRCRAFT, & LOGISTICS CENTERS, ROLLS ROYCE, ALLIEDSIGNAL, AAR AICRAFT SERVICES (ALC), AVBORNE, HAMILTON STANDARD, & ROCKWELL COLLINS, FOR MAINTENANCE, PARTS, TECHNICAL SERVICES, & POSSIBLY CARGO CONVERSIONS.
OCTOBER 1999: 1 A330-342 (111, C-GKTS), (ILF) LEASED.
FEBRUARY 2000: (http://www.transat.com).
BOUGHT 4 L-1011'S FROM SRILANKAN (LNK), (1052; 1053; 1235; 1236).
MARCH 2000: GOVERNMENT OK'S SCHEDULED SERVICES TO UK: GLASGOW, LONDON GATWICK, & MANCHESTER, + SEASONAL SERVICE TO ABERDEEN, BELFAST, BIRMINGHAM, EDINBURGH, EXETER, LEEDS, LONDON STANSTED, AND NEWCASTLE. ALSO, SERVICE TO GERMANY: BERLIN (SXF), DUSSELDORF, AND FRANKFURT.
APRIL 2000: 1,627 EMPLOYEES. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
JUNE 2000: 2 L-1011-500'S (1235, C-GATH), EX-SRILANKAN (LNK).
JULY 2000: 1999 = 3 MILLION PASSENGERS; 1,500 EMPLOYEES.
AUGUST 2000: 6 ORDERS (DECEMBER 2000) A310-300'S (545; 588; 597; 600; 658; 667), EX-EMIRATES (EAD).
NOVEMBER 2000: IN DECEMBER 2000, TORONTO - MIAMI AND TO ARUBA, AND BARBADOS. IN FEBRUARY 2001, ST JOHN'S - PUERTO PLATA.
DECEMBER 2000: ACQUIRES CANADIAN INBOUND TOUR OPERATOR, JONVIEW CORPORATION. IN FEBRUARY 2001, WEEKLY CHARTERS BUFFALO - PUNTA CANA.
1 A310-308 (545, C-GFAT), DELIVERY.
JANUARY 2001: L-1011 (1019) "C" CHECK, AT (GAMCO) (GUL).
MARCH 2001: IN APRIL 2001, TORONTO - EXETER - BIRMINGHAM (A330, WEEKLY).
1 A310-308 (588, C-GLAT), EX-EMIRATES (EAD).
APRIL 2001: 2,133 EMPLOYEES.
MAY 2001: 1 A310-308 (597) EX-EMIRATES (EAD).
JUNE 2001: 1 757-23A (25491) RETURNED TO (AWW), LEASED TO RAYTHEON (RAY).
JULY 2001: A310 FLEET TO HAVE "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS DONE BY AIR CANADA'S CANADIAN (CDI), VANCOUVER, TECHNICAL SERVICES DIVISION.
AUGUST 2001: INCDT: (AIJ) A330-200 (271) RAN OUT OF FUEL, AND MADE A REMARKABLE GLIDE FOR AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN THE AZORES = 13 (FC)/(CA)/291 PASSENGERS WITH NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN HARD LANDING, WHICH DAMAGED LANDING GEAR. SEE ATTACHED ARTICLE - - "AIJ-2001-08 INCDT-A/B/C/D."
SEPTEMBER 2001: TRANSPORT CANADA FINED AIR TRANSAT (AIJ) $165,000, FOR LAST MONTH'S A330 INCIDENT, WHEN FOLLOWING A MAJOR FUEL LEAK, WITH BOTH OF ITS TWO ENGINES SHUT DOWN, IT TOOK 18 MINUTES BEFORE THE A330 REACHED LAJES FIELD ON TERCEIRA ISLAND, THE AZORES, FORCING THE CREW TO GLIDE SOME 85 NM. A330 (ETOPS) APPROVAL WAS CUT DOWN FROM 120 TO 60 MINUTES. ALSO, CUT (AIJ)'S (ETOPS) APPROVAL FOR 757 AND A310'S DOWN TO 90 MINUTES. A SAFETY AUDIT SUGGESTS A MAINTENANCE ERROR IS STRONGLY SUSPECTED FOR CAUSING THE FUEL STARVATION. (AIJ) ADMITTED IMPROPER EQUIPMENT HAD BEEN INSTALLED JUST DAYS BEFORE THE INCIDENT.
FOLLOWING AIRLINE INDUSTRY DOWNTURN, IN AFTERMATH OF ISLAMIC, "9/11" TERRORIST ATTACK ON NEW YORK (WTC) TOWERS, & PENTAGON, TRANSAT AT, THE PARENT COMPANY OF AIR TRANSAT (AIJ) WILL ELIMINATE -1,300 JOBS, INCLUDING -800 AT (AIJ) WITH OPERATIONS IN CANADA, AND EUROPE.
1 A310-308 (600, C-GSAT) DELIVERY.
JANUARY 2002: 2001 FISCAL YEAR (FY) = -C$99 MILLION.
1 A330-200, (ILF) LEASED IN MAY 2002. 3 L-1011'S (1019; 1023; 1122) SCRAPPED.
April 2002: A310-308 (658, C-FDAT), bought from Emirates (EAD).
May 2002: L-1011-385-1 (193K-1094), withdrawn from use (WFU) at Mirabel.
July 2002: 2001 = -$62.71 million (+$23.22 million).
Receives OK for Toronto, & Montreal, to Lisbon, and Oporto.
November 2002: In May 2003, Toronto - Munich (weekly charters).
November 2002: Seasonal exchange with Star Airlines (STU), where (STU) 2 A320's will be exchanged with 2 (AIJ) A330-300's. The A320's to be deployed on routes to Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico, for the peak winter season.
December 2002: 17 charters Buffalo - Cancun. In February 2003, 9 charters Buffalo - Punta Cana.
Nav Canada is investing # C26M, to enhance air traffic safety by installing new Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE) - a radar-based system, that allows air traffic controllers to monitor and direct airplanes and vehicle movements on airport surfaces - over next 3 years at 8 airports across Canada: St John's, Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal Dorval, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver. (ASDE) is already in operations at Toronto's Pearson Airport.
March 2003: Will retire its 2 remaining 757-200's in April 2003.
April 2003: 2,336 employees.
May 2003: Is reducing capacity by -15% (ASK) for the summer season because of weak demand and is laying off -400 employees.
July 2003: 2002 = 11.21 Billion (RPK) traffic (-13.1%); 85.9% LF load factor; 2.85 Million passengers (PAX) (-13.8%); 2,199 Employees (+8.4%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billions):
46 (THY) 16.59; 47 (ATZ) 16.30; 48 (LTU) 16.10; 49 (JAA) 15.90; 50 (HAP) 14.40; 51 (JMA) 13.97; 52 (PAL) 13.52; 53 (AMX) 13.31; 54 (AIN) 13.25; 55 (FIN) 12.79; 56 (BER) 12.73; 57 (ELA) 12.54; 58 (TPR) 12.08; 59 (MON) 11.86; 60 (GUL) 11.84; 61 (CMA) 11.74; 62 (COR) 11.47; 63 (TAP) 11.38; 64 (LAN) 11.14; 65 (JBL) 11.01; 66 (AIJ) 11.00; 67 (PIA) 10.78; 68 (RYR) 10.20; 69 (EGP) 9.65; 70 (ARG) 9.61.
Will retire its remaining L-1011 Tristar 100 (C-FTNL) at the end of the summer season.
August 2003: Westjet (WJI) has a 2-year contract with Air Transat (AIJ) parent, Transat to operate 737 charters to Varadero, the Dominican Republic, Cancun, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, on behalf of World of Vacations and Air Transat Holidays, Transat's 2 major tour operators.
September 2003: Retired 3 TriStar L-1011-500's. Its 3 TriStar 100/150's plus another L-1011-500 will be retired by the end of 2003, and the final 2 TriStar L-1011-500's by April 2004.
October 2003: Receives scheduled authority between Canada and Mexico, and proposes to operate the following routes: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Vancouver - Cancun; Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver - Puerto Vallarta; Montreal - Huatulco, Manzanillo; & Montreal, Toronto - Acapulco, & Zihuatanejo.
November 2003: Receives scheduled route authority between Canada and the Dominican Republic, and plans to add service from Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Vancouver.
2 A320-214's (CFM56-5B4/P) (737, F-GRSG; 749, F-GRSH), Star Airlines (STU) wet-leased.
December 2003: Received authority to serve La Romana and Punta Cana through April 2004.
Postponed retirement of 3 L-1011's. A310-304 (485, C-GVAT), GOAL 5 year leased.
January 2004: 2003 = +C$44.9 Million/+$34.1 Million (+358%), including +C$54.1M for sale and operations of "Anyway," a French online travel agency.
Charter service, Montreal (YMX) - San Salvador (ZSA).
Sold L-1011-385-3 (293B-1243) to Josoro Aviation.
February 2004: In November 2004, will move its operations from Montreal - Mirabel International Airport to Montreal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (formerly Dorval). Aeroports de Montreal (ADM) will purchase Air Transat's (AIJ) buildings at Mirabel and construct a head office building and hangar at Trudeau that will be leased to (AIJ) for a maximum of 40 years. (AIJ)'s administration employees will move to the new offices in December 2004.
Sold 2 L-1011-500 Tristars (1242; 1243) to TransMeridian (TMA), Lebanon. A310-304 (595), GOAL leased.
March 2004: L-1011-385-3 (293F-1236, C-GATM), WFU.
April 2004: A310-304 (547, C-GTSD), GOAL leased.
May 2004: Toronto - Dublin - Shannon - Toronto. In June 2004, Halifax - Munich (A310, 259 PAX, weekly).
L-1011's (1073; 1235) scrapped.
June 2004: In July 2004, Toronto & Montreal - Toulouse (weekly).
Will retain 1 L-1011 (C-GTSZ) as a backup airplane until the end of 2004.
September 2004: To mark the retirement of its last L-1011 (C-GTSZ) in October 2004, will operate a Montreal - Las Vegas non-revenue special flight for its employees.
Sells 5 L-1011-500's (1236; 1239; 1242; 1243; 1246) to Globejet Airlines, Canada for wet-lease (ACMI) operations. Globejet immediately wet-leased (1236; 1239; & 1246) to Bee Gee Air (GEE), Greece.
October 2004: In November 2004, Montreal Mirabel (YMX) becomes an all-cargo airport, so (AIJ) will switch all Montreal passenger services to Montreal Dorval.
Will lay off -125 flight attendants (CA) from its Toronto base.
November 2004: 2,400 employees.
Bought 70% of Air Consultants Europe, its commercial representative in Germany, the Netherlands, & Belgium, for #EUR 1 Million.
Its new flight data program is now operational, and data are processed regularly from its A330-200's and analyzed by Flightscape experts. The results then are disseminated using secure website technology.
A310-304 (447, C-GTSY), Polaris leased.
March 2005: INCDT: A310 (597, C-GPAT) on route from Cuba to Quebec City, had a separation of most of its composite rudder at 35,000 ft. A loud bang was heard and vibration was felt in the airplane, which then began a series of Dutch rolls. The crew returned the A310 to Cuba, where it made an emergency landing without incident and all 270 passengers & crew were OK. A visual inspection on the ground revealed that only the lower rudder spar and the base rib of the rudder remained. Less than 5% of the total rudder surface actually remained attached to the spar.
The USA National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) noted "significant differences between the circumstances" in which the Air Transat (AIJ) A310 lost most of its composite rudder during the cruise phase of flight and the rudder separation that led to the crash of an American Airlines (AAL) A300 in November 2001, that killed 265 people. An update on the status of the investigation said that ultrasonic inspection of the vertical stabilizer to which the rudder was attached, "revealed delamination damage to the two rear attachment lugs."
See attached report - (AIJ) "MAR05 INCDT."
May 2005: 1,800 employees.
August 2005: 2,500 employees (-4.1%).
November 2005: L-1011-385-1-14 Tristar (1103), sold to GlobeJet Airlines (GLJ).
May 2006: Air Transat (AIJ) inaugurated nonstop service from Montreal to Madrid. The airline now operates a weekly flight departing Montreal on Mondays and Madrid on Tuesdays. On June 23rd, it will add a 2nd weekly flight departing Montreal on Fridays and Madrid on Saturdays. Both frequencies will use an A310-300 and the Monday & Tuesday rotation originates and terminates in Toronto.
June 2006: Air Transat (AIJ) ground handling subsidiary Handlex opened a base at Vancouver International last month and hired 80 new employees. Handlex already operates at Montreal Trudeau, Montreal Mirabel and Toronto International airports.
Air Transat (AIJ) said it has partnered with Canadian tour operator Nolitours to offer flights from Toronto and Montreal to Madrid.
July 2006: Air Transat (AIJ) will operate 3x-weekly, London Gatwick - Toronto flights from December through March 2007, when it will resume daily service on the route.
October 2006: Air Transat (AIJ) will increase the frequency on its Montreal to Brussels route from 2 to 3 flights a week on June 21st. The existing flights depart Montreal on Tuesdays & Saturdays, and Brussels on Wednesdays, & Sundays, the new flight will depart Canada on Thursdays, and Belgium on Fridays. All flights will operate with A310-300s.
November 2006: Air Transat (AIJ) will inaugurate nonstop service from Toronto to London Heathrow on May 11th, initially operating 1 flight a week, increasing to 2 on May 26th, departing Toronto on Fridays & Saturdays, and London on Saturday & Sundays, using an A310-300.
Air Transat (AIJ) received clearance to begin service to Austria. The airline intends to begin flights in May 2007 and should be announcing schedules soon. Initially, the service will operate on a seasonal basis only in the summer, with year-round service coming later.
January 2007: The European Union (EU), which hopes to jumpstart transatlantic open skies negotiations in meetings with USA officials in Brussels, said that it plans to seek a separate open skies accord with Canada.
The European Commission (EC) said an (EU) - Canada deal "may generate consumer benefits of at least +$94 million through lower fares and could create +3,700 jobs in the first year." Canada currently has separate bilateral agreements with 17 (EU) member states, accords the (EC) said are in conflict with current (EU) law.
The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) embraced the proposal, urging the Canadian government "to make concluding an agreement a priority." (CAC) President & (CEO) Jim Facette said an "open aviation area with our second biggest trading bloc and source of tourists, is a natural next step and would be a boon." Air traffic between Canada and the (EU) doubled between 2000 and 2005, according to (CAC), which noted that more than half of Canada's overseas tourists come from Europe.
The (EC) said a liberalized air treaty would increase annual (EU) - Canada passengers from 8 million currently to 14 million by 2011. The Canadian government recently said it would make commercial air transport liberalization a priority.
Air Transat (AIJ) will launch a weekly, Toronto - Montreal - Vienna service in May using A310-300s.
A310-304 (527, C-GTSX), delivery.
May 2007: Starts Toronto - London Heathrow (LHR).
June 2007: Transat, parent of Canadian leisure charter specialist Air Transat (AIJ), reported net income of +C$56.1 million/+$53 million for the 6 months ended April 30, a +16.8% increase over +C$48 million earned in the year-ago period, on a +18.2% lift in revenue to C$1.62 billion.
September 2007: Air Transat (AIJ) parent Transat AT reported a +C$16.7 million/+$15.9 million profit in the 3rd fiscal quarter ended June 30, nearly 4x- greater than the +C$4.2 million posted in the year-ago quarter. It credited increasing revenue as well as the adoption of new accounting standards related to hedge accounting and foreign exchange gains, which combined to produce a non-monetary gain of +C$5.7 million. 3rd-quarter revenue rose +21.4% year-over-year to C$741.8 million. 9-month earnings were up +22.9% to +C$72.8 million.
October 2007: Air Transat (AIJ) will increase economy class (Y) average seat pitch to 32 inches from the current 30 inches across its fleet beginning next May. As a result, the number of seats on its A310s will drop to 249 from 259, while its A330s will carry 342, down from 362. The number of Club class seats remains unchanged in both airplanes: 20 on the A310s and 21 on the A330s.
February 2008: Canadian leisure airline Air Transat (AIJ) became the 1st airline in North America to obtain the (IATA) (ITA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification. The (IOSA) audit was performed by Simat, Helliesen & Eichner. (AIJ) is a subsidiary of Transat AT.
June 2008: Air Transat (AIJ) parent Transat AT posted net income for its fiscal 2nd quarter ended April 30 of +C$40.7 million/+$39.8 million, down -32.2% from C$53.8 million earned in the year-ago quarter. The company said earnings were affected negatively by a C$17.9 million write down related to asset-backed commercial paper holdings. It said demand "remained firm" over the winter and bookings for the summer are up, but it warned that lower margins year-over-year are expected in the second half of its fiscal year owing to "air planet fuel prices, which are significantly higher and remain unpredictable."
Canadian media speculated that airplane groundings could be coming following a statement to analysts by (CEO) Jean-Marc Eustache in which he said that "if it goes very, very bad, we could put the planes on the ground." But Air AirTransat (AIJ) issued a statement clarifying that "Transat and (AIJ) currently have no intention whatsoever of grounding airplanes in the short, medium or long terms" and expressed confidence that it will be able to navigate the current economic environment. Transat's fleet comprises 17 airplanes, a combination of A310s and A330s.
August 2008: Air Transat (AIJ) joined (IATA) (ITA), becoming the organization's 230th member. It operates a fleet of 17 A310s and A330s and carries nearly 3 million passengers per year to some 60 destinations.
September 2008: Air Transat (AIJ) fell to a $2 million net loss in its third quarter (May to July) as extreme fuel prices drove up costs at its airline unit. The company says forward bookings and selling
prices for the remainder of 2008 are generally higher than they
were a year ago, though yields are stronger in some markets (like transatlantic) than others (like Canada - USA). Falling oil
prices will surely help improve results in the current August - to -
October quarter, though that could be outweighed somewhat by a weakening Canadian - USA dollar exchange rate, which hit its lowest point in more than a year. The recent demise of Zoom (ZOM), which competed directly in a few markets and broadly for Canadian leisure traffic, surely won’t hurt.
(VEM) Maintenance & Engineering (VAR), a (TAP) Portugal subsidiary, reached a deal with Air Transat (AIJ) for heavy maintenance on 4 A310s. "C" checks are scheduled from September to November at (VEM)'s (VLO) hangar in Rio de Janeiro.
October 2008: (VEM) Maintenance & Engineering (VAR) said it completed the 1st phase of its contract with Air Transat (AIJ), delivering the 1st of 4 A310s in line for "C" checks.
November 2008: A310-304 (483, C-GTSW "BARTOLOMEU DIAS"), ex-(TAP) Portugal, ex-(CS-TEH).
January 2009: Air Canada (ACN), Jazz Air, WestJet (WJI) and Air Transat AIJ) announced formation of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC), a new trade association "focused on promoting public policy and legislation favorable to the global success of the Canadian commercial airline industry." (WJI) President & (CEO) Sean Durfy will be the (NACC) board's 1st Chairman. The airlines left the Air Transport Association of Canada last year.
Nav Canada introduced ADS-B coverage over the Hudson Bay, eliminating "an 850,000-sq.-km. gap in Canada's radar coverage," the air navigation services provider said. The first use of ADS-B involved an Air New Zealand (ANZ) January 15 flight from London Heathrow to Los Angeles. Sensis Corporation is supplying Nav Canada with ground equipment consisting of an antenna, a receiver and a target processor installed at stations along the Hudson shoreline. To use ADS-B airspace, airplanes require the proper avionics and operators must have Transport Canada approval before Nav Canada can accept their downlinked ADS-B data. "ADS-B promises more efficient use of Hudson Bay airspace for some 35,000 flights a year, with significant savings in fuel costs, flight times and greenhouse-gas emissions," Nav Canada said.
February 2009: WestJet (WJI) and Canadian tourism company Transat AT, which operates Air Transat (AIJ), announced the May 10 termination of a transport agreement originally scheduled to expire next year. The deal allowed Transat Tours Canada to charter (WJI) airplanes. The parties said they "may enter into an ad-hoc charter agreement" in the future. (AIJ) will replace (WJI) with CanJet Airlines (CNJ), with which it signed a 5-year deal to April 30, 2014, with 2 1-year options. (CNJ) operates 737-800s.
July 2009: Kales Airline Services was appointed by Air Transat (AIJ) Cargo to be its General Sales Agent (GSA) in Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltic states, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, and Ukraine.
September 2009: Air Transat (AIJ) parent, Transat A T reported net income of +C$30.5 million/+$28.3 million for its fiscal third quarter ended July 31, reversed from a net loss of -C$895,000 in the year-ago period, on a -4.7% decline in revenue to C$819.4 million.
The primary driver of the improved result was a C$44.4 million non-cash fuel hedge gain in the period compared to a -C$4.7 million hedging loss in the 2008 quarter.
(AIJ) said that "the tourism market is proving to be relatively resilient" despite the recession. It predicted that travel from Canada to Europe will increase year-over-year in the fiscal fourth quarter, while travel from Europe to Canada likely will decline. It said lower prices for tour packages "should be partially offset by the lower fuel costs and potentially by higher load factors."
(ILFC) (ILF) announced a lease deal for 1 used A330-300 to Air Transat (AIJ) for 6 years.
October 2009: A330-243 (250, C-GGTS; 271, C-GITS), wet-leased to Garuda (GIA).
November 2009: (TAP) Maintenance and Engineering Brazil delivered 1 A330 to Air Transat (AIJ) following a "C" check, its 1st on the airplane type since receiving (TCCA), (FAA) and (EASA) certification for Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on A330s/A340s.
A310-304 (595), sold in Armenia to Vertir, as (EK-31095).
December 2009: INCDT: Air Transat (AIJ) A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (472, /88 C-GTSF) sustained substantial damage at Rio de Janeiro on December 13th when it jumped the chocks during engine tests. SEE ATTACHED "WORLD AIRLINE FLEETS" NOTES AND PHOTO - - "AIJ-2009-12 INCDT A310."
February 2010: PACE announced that Air Transat (AIJ) purchased Pacelab Cabin to support cabin upgrade studies for (AIJ)'s A310 and A330 fleets and analyze future seating scenarios "in the context" of airplane purchasing decisions.
July 2010: Rolls-Royce (RRC) said Air Transat (AIJ) signed up for extended "TotalCare" services and (Trent 700EP) (Enhanced Performance (EP)) engine kits. The new 7-year extended "TotalCare" services contract covers 5 (Trent 700)-powered A330s, 4 of which were covered under previous "TotalCare" arrangements. The new (EP) kits will be incorporated into the airline’s (Trent 700) engines over the next 2 years.
August 2010: Air Transat (AIJ) pilots (FC) represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) appointed a "conciliation commissioner" to oversee ongoing negotiations with the Canadian carrier. A 60-day conciliation period is set to expire September 10 unless both parties agree to an extension. "Following conciliation, is a 21-day cooling-off period that will end October 1, setting a potential strike date of October 2," (ALPA) said.
September 2010: Air Transat (AIJ) announced it has reached a tentative labor contract agreement with its pilots (FC) represented by the Air Line Pilots Association. (AIJ) said the agreement covers 4 years and would expire May 1, 2014. The agreement will be voted on for ratification in the coming weeks, (AIJ) said. "(AIJ) has always maintained excellent labor relations with its employees and union representatives, and we are satisfied with the present agreement," stated (AIJ) President & (CEO) Allen Graham.
2 A330-243s (966, C-GTSR; 971, C-GTSZ), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased, ex-(XA-MXP & XA-MXQ).
October 2010: 3 A330-243s (250, C-GGTS; 271, C-GITS; 480, C-GPTS) wet-leased to Garuda Indonesia Airlines (GIA) for Hajj.
November 2010: A330-243 (369, C-GTSN), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased, ex-(HB-IQZ).
December 2010: Air Transat (AIJ) is a scheduled and charter carrier offering jet airplane flights from 5 major bases. Its primary destinations during the summer season are points in Europe and domestic flights within Canada and to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, and the USA during the winter season. Operates regular flights between Canada and France, and is the designated Canadian carrier between Canada and Cuba.
Employees = 3,051.
(IATA) Code: TS - 649. (ICAO) Code: TSC (Callsign - TRANSAT).
Parent organization/shareholders: Transat A T (100%).
Main base: Montreal Trudeau International airport (YUL).
Hubs: Calgary International airport (YYC); Quebec City International airport (YQB); & Halifax International airport (YHZ).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Montreal; Quebec; & Toronto.
International, Scheduled Desinations: Fort Lauderdale; Glasgow; London; Manchester; Orlando; Paris; & Tampa.
January 2011: SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" ARTICLE ON AIR TRANSAT (AIJ) - - "AIJ-2011-01-A/B/C/D/E/F/G/H."
April 2011: Air Transat (AIJ)’s headquarters, a 3-story office building with an area of approximately 60,000 sq ft, has been awarded the Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification in the category “Existing Buildings.” Located within the Montreal Trudeau Airport site, the building, erected in 2004, is the 1st in its category in Canada to obtain this certification, awarded for compliance with the most stringent sustainability criteria for green buildings.
May 2011: Aveos said it won a 7-year contract from Air Transat (AIJ) to provide full inventory and repair and overhaul support, covering (AIJ)'s fleet of 11 A330s.
November4 2011: A330-243 (795, C-GTSI), ex-(G-TCXA), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased.
February 2012: (TAP) Maintenance & Engineering (M&E) Brazil has completed the 1st "C1"/"C2" checks performed on an Air Transat (AIJ) A330-200, and has delivered the airplane to (AIJ).
May 2012: Venice’s long haul flights comprise 3 transatlantic connections and 2 routes to Middle East hubs. Delta (DAL) serves Venice from both Atlanta and New York (JFK), while US Airways (AMW)/(USA) has daily flights from Philadelphia. During the last year, Emirates (EAD) increased frequencies on its Dubai service to 2x-daily, while Qatar Airways (QTA) serves Doha daily. Air Transat (AIJ) also has weekly flights in the summer to Montreal and Toronto.
June 2012: Air Transat (AIJ) and its flight attendants (CA), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, have reached a pact that amends the collective agreement signed in November 2010.
The agreement calls for a deferment of planned wage increases and a variable compensation formula after (AIJ) adopted a plan hastening a return to profitability, (AIJ) said in a statement.
(AIJ) President & (CEO) Jean-Marc Eustache said, "We are continuing to implement the plan announced in late 2011 to return to profitability and all our teams are engaged in attaining this goal."
September 2012: Air Transat (AIJ) earned a +$9 million net profit for May through July. (AIJ) shrank its operations with a revenue decline of -3%. Fuel rose +16%.
(AIJ)’s focus on charter operations is reflected in (AIJ)’s operating figures, as demand in the leisure sector proves highly reactive to economic conditions. (AIJ) carried 2.85 million passengers in 2002, but two economic crises later, in 2010, it managed only +4% more than that. However, the 2010 passenger numbers were better than the 2004 low by almost a quarter and almost -8% lower than the 2009 high.
2011 saw a strong recovery in the demand and (AIJ)’s traffic increased to an all-time high of almost 3.7 million annual passengers. However, due to increased fuel and restructuring costs, (AIJ) posted a net loss of -USD 7.4 million last year, down from a +USD 55 million profit the year before.
(AIJ)'s sizeable charter operation dictates two very distinct route networks during summer and winter, as the capacity allocation shifts with the seasons. In the summer, flights to European destinations make up for almost 94% of (AIJ)’s capacity. In fact, the top 8 summer country markets involve European countries, with United Kingdom and France (5 and 7 destinations served, respectively, in August 2012) alone accounting for over half of weekly seats and frequencies.
Notably, capacity was reduced on routes to Greece (-25%), The Netherlands (-20%), Belgium (-16%), Germany (-14%) and Spain (-7%), when compared with the corresponding August week the year before.
In winter, (AIJ) transforms its network dramatically, with only 15% of (AIJ)’s capacity remaining allocated to European routes. Conversely, 74% of seats in January 2013 are allocated to winter sun routes in the Caribbean. This number increases by a further +10%, if including the USA, where (AIJ) serves the Florida destinations Orlando and Fort Lauderdale with a total of 16 weekly flights from 5 Canadian airports.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Cancún is the busiest winter destination, and (AIJ) dedicates 18% of its weekly capacity to serve it from 8 Canadian airports, although mostly with low-frequency services (only Montreal and Toronto have more than 2x-weekly services). A further 5 Mexican destinations will be offered by (AIJ) during winter 2012/13, making it (AIJ)’s largest winter country market (30% of capacity).
Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Varadero (Cuba), and the 2 Florida airports (Orlando and Fort Lauderdale) each have a larger capacity share than London Gatwick, (AIJ)’s biggest European destination this winter. Notably, only 4 other European cities will be served this winter (compared with 25 this summer): Paris with 6x-weekly flights, as well as Lisbon, Manchester and Glasgow, each with a single weekly frequency.
March 2013: With <100 miles separating the 2 nations across the straits of Florida, the potential for USA – Cuban traffic is massive: there are around 2 million Cubans living in the USA (according to US Census Bureau data 2010) and Cuba is the 5th largest immigrant sending nation to USA (after Mexico, China, India and the Philippines). However, the economic embargo imposed by the USA still excludes the provision of scheduled flights between the 2 nations, resulting in a no-show for the USA in Cuba’s top country markets.
The fastest growing country market in the top 12 is Colombia, which from its small base, has grown by +50% between the two sample months (April 2012 and April 2013) due to Avianca (AVI) introducing 2 extra weekly A318 rotations from Bogota to Havana. Derived from a more significant base traffic, the +44% spike in capacity in the #2 country market Canada, represents a marked increase for such a large existing market. While WestJet (WJI) and the Cuban national carrier, Cubana (CUB), have trimmed weekly capacity by 1 flight each, Air Transat (AIJ) (+32x-weekly flights) and Sunwing Airlines (SWG) (+16x-) have both seriously ramped-up seats in April 2013.
Of the top 12 country markets, it is Spain that has contracted the most – this decline coming from the hands of struggling carrier Iberia (IBE). From 1 April 2013 it will suspend its 7x-weekly A340 operations between Spain and Havana plus Santo Domingo. Fellow incumbent Air Europa (ARE) has reacted, by offering an extra 3x-weekly A330 rotations (up to 10 weekly) between the 2 nations, but it was not enough to cover the -25% slide in weekly capacity. Despite the cuts, Spain remains the biggest European market, although Germany is closing in, as it has grown by +11% year-on-year.
Cuban air travel is set for a boom in 2013, if the annual seat trends continue. In the 12 months ending in February 2013, 1-way seats increased by around +20% against the previous 12 months, and that performance comes off the back of a not-so-sluggish +8% increase in the year preceding that.
Unsurprisingly, flights to Havana dominate the overall Cuban traffic profile, with the capital commanding just >50% of annual seats. This governing share is boosted by the domestic market, which for Havana itself represents 16% of all flights in Cuba, as the capital is connected to 13 other points on the island, some with just a weekly flight, but some, like Holguin, with up to 4 daily flights on the near 700 km route. The #2 airport is the resort town of Varadero in the Matanzas province, which has doubled in terms of the number of annual seats between 2008 and 2013.
The importance of the inbound Canadian dollar to Cuba’s economy is clear, with Toronto-headquartered Sunwing Airlines (SWG) swiping the number one airline spot from Cubana (CUB), despite (SWG)’s +10% annual growth, and with 4 Canadian airlines inside the top 12. Operating 85 weekly services to 7 Cuban destinations in April 2013, half of which are to Varadero, (SWG) offers flights from 14 Canadian cities and has increased its weekly seats by +23%.
In third place is Air Transat (AIJ)’s thanks to its surge in its Cuban flying program this year. With (COPA) (COP)’s services to Panama City growing by +37% annually, passenger traffic into Cuba would seem to be set for a buoyant 2013.
SEE ATTACHED - - "AIJ-2013-03 TOP 12 AIRLINES TO CUBA."
Canjet Airlines ((IATA) Code: C6, based at Halifax Robert L Stanfield International airport (YHZ)) (CNJ) has applied for licenses to operate international scheduled services from Canada to the European Union (EU) and Costa Rica as well as Antigua V C Bird International (ANU) and Bridgetown Grantley Adams International (BGI) airports according to a report by Canada's "National Post." (CNJ) currently operates eight 737-800s on charter services on behalf of tour operators including Air Transat (AIJ) parent, Transat. A 5 year agreement with (AIJ) will expire in April 2014 with (AIJ) widely expected to launch its own narrow body operations instead. Canjet (CNJ) had suspended scheduled services in September 2006 to concentrate on charter services instead.
April 2013: Air Transat (IATA) Code: TS, based at Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International airport (YUL)) (AIJ) is, from 2014, planning to permanently operate five 737NGs, with 6 seasonal airplanes to be used in winter, on routes from Canada to Mexico, the Caribbean and Florida. The move comes as part of a raft of measures aimed at reducing (AIJ)'s cost overheads through the internalization of its medium-haul operations, having relied on Canjet Airlines (IATA) Code: C6, based at Halifax Robert L Stanfield International airport (YHZ)) since 2003. In addition, parent company Transat AT, has reached an agreement with employees that will lead to a reduction in its operating overheads without the need to resort to lay-offs or salary cuts. Overall, the struggling Canadian travel operator aims to save -CAD$8million this year with plans to save -CAD$15million next year and -CAD$30million per year from 2015. Tour operating company, Transat AT blamed its hefty losses in 2012 on "competitive pricing pressure and overcapacity on its Canadian sun destinations."
May 2013: Air Transat (AIJ) has announced plans to cut -47 jobs. (AIJ) said the redundancies involved were to be effected "in the context of a 3-year long restructuring plan that aims, amongst other things, to simplify the administrative structure of the company," by reducing spending by some -EUR 20 million. As part of its boardroom reshuffle, Jean-François Lamy has now been appointed Director General of the company, while retaining his previous position as VP Human Resources.
(AIJ) serves 18 countries, 48 destinations, and 100 routes.
August 2013: Air Transat (AIJ) has become the 1st airline to renew its (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) under the Enhanced (IOSA) (E-IOSA) audit process.
(IOSA) provides a standardized audit program for airlines’ operational management and control systems, based on internationally recognized standards and supported by a rigorous quality assurance process that aims at improving operations and safety in the airline industry. The program is made up of >900 stringent standards that contribute to airline operational safety in the areas of management, safety and security of flight operations, operational control, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling and cargo operations.
In 2011, (IATA) (ITA) added new elements to the program and introduced (E-IOSA), which involves ongoing internal assessment processes, to provide enhanced value and continuity of the audit process. At the request of (IATA), Air Transat (AIJ) participated in the development of the new program, which will be mandatory for (IATA) member airline companies from 2015.
According to (IATA), in 2012, airlines on the (IOSA) registry had an all-accident rate +77% better than non-(IOSA) registered airlines.
September 2013: AirFrance (AFA) - (KLM) leisure carrier Transavia France (TVF) has struck a seasonal lease deal with Canada’s Air Transat (AIJ), covering the use of up to 9 737-800s by 2019.
The deal, which extends a 2010 winter capacity agreement, calls for Transavia France (TVF) to lease 4 (AIJ) 737-800s during winter 2015, 5 in 2016, 6 in 2017, 7 in 2018 and 8 in 2019.
Transavia France (TVF) (CEO) Antoine Pussiau and Air Transat (AIJ) (CEO) Jean-Marc Eustache said the deal helps to create a modular fleet, giving greater flexibility to vary capacity according to seasonal demand.
January 2014: Canadian holiday travel carrier Air Transat (AIJ) is adding the Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) Split Scimitar Winglets to its fleet of Next Generation 737-800 airplanes.
The Split Scimitar Winglet combines the existing Blended Winglet structure with strengthened spars, aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake. (APB) is anticipating (FAA) certification of the winglets within the "next several days." "The Split Scimitar Winglets will further enhance the performance of its Boeing 737-800s, yielding nearly 60,000 gallons of fuel savings and reducing emissions by nearly 565 tons per airplane per year," said Christopher Stafford Director Sales & Marketing at (APB).
(APB) is looking to develop the Split Scimitar Winglets for the 737-700, 737-800, 737-BBJ, the structurally provisioned 737-900 and the 737-900ER.
April 2014: Air Transat (AIJ) will soon retrofit its fleet of 9 Airbus A310-300 airplanes with Rave Wireless, Zodiac In-flight Innovations’ content streaming technology.
(AIJ) introduced split scimitar winglets as part of an order placed in January with Boeing (APB). 737-8Q8 (30696, C-GTQB) is the 1st of 4 ex-Air India express (AXB) 737-8Q8s leased from (ILFC). The winglets were installed by Premier Aviation in Rome, New York.
June 2014: Air Transat (AIJ), the Canadian holiday travel airline, expanded its seasonal offering with the addition of a new route from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Prague (PRG) on June 17th. The new route will be operated weekly (Tuesdays) via Montreal until October 15th, utilizing (AIJ)’s 342-seat A330-300s. There is no competition on the new airport pair.
September 2014: Air Transat (AIJ), the Canadian holiday travel airline, expanded its seasonal offering with the addition of a new route from Montreal (YUL) to Las Vegas, NV (LAS) on August 28th, a sector which is already served by Air Canada (ACN) (13x-weekly) and WestJet (WJI) (2x-weekly). The 3,603 km airport pair to the most populous city in the state of Nevada will be operated 2x-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) until November 16th, using (AIJ)’s 189Y-seat 737-800s.
(AIJ) will take 2 Boeing 737-700s and 2 737-800s on seasonal lease from Europe Airpost (EUE) in France and Czech Republic-based Travel Service Airlines (TSF).
The airplanes, which will be operated on Mexican and Caribbean routes, will temporarily join Air Transat (AIJ)’s fleet of Boeing 737s, Airbus A310s and A330s for the winter 2014 - 2015 season. “Our teams have done a massive amount of work to implement a flexible fleet, which will be perfectly suited to our needs, as they change with the seasons as well as the markets we serve, while significantly improving our cost structure,” (AIJ) President & (CEO) Jean-Marc Eustache said.
Last year, (AIJ) signed a long-term lease with International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) (ILF) covering 4 737-800s. It also has a standing arrangement in place with Air France (AFA) subsidiary, Transavia France (TVF), covering seasonal leases on up to 9 737-800s by 2019.
In 2015, Air Transat (AIJ) plans to operate 21 wide bodies (9 A310s and 12 A330s) and 4 737-800s during the summer season. During the winter, it will operate 12 narrow bodies: 10 737-800s and 2 737-700s.
November 2014: Air Transat (AIJ) begins Toronto - Montreal - Budapest Airbus A330 service on June 18, 2015.
February 2015: Air Transat (AIJ), the Canadian holiday travel airline, expanded its Mexican offering from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) with the addition of San Jose del Cabo (SJD) on February 21st. The 3,573 km sector is served weekly (Saturdays) until April 25th, utilizing (AIJ)’s 189Y-seat 737-800s. Competition on (AIJ)’s 5th Mexican route from Pearson will be provided by Sunwing Airlines (SWG)’ twice-weekly departures and Air Canada (ACN)’s weekly flights. (AIJ) already serves Cancun (daily), Puerto Vallarta (twice-weekly) and Cozumel and Huatuclo (both weekly).
March 2015: Air Transat (AIJ), which recently added its 5th Mexican service from Toronto Pearson, expanded its seasonal offering with its 7th route to Puerto Plata (POP) in the Dominican Republic on March 4th, from St John’s (YYT). The 3,487 km sector to the capital of the Dominican Republic will be served weekly (Wednesdays) until May 6th, using (AIJ)’s 249-seat A310s. No other operator serves this sector.
April 2015: Air Transat (AIJ) signed an agreement with Aviaso for the implementation of the Aviaso/Fuel Efficiency software. In 2003, (AIJ) started a fuel management program with stringent measures for management of fuel consumption, adjustments to operations, and investments in technology.
The fuel efficiency software includes >100 ready-made analysis reports, which allow an airline to study its fuel consumption and identify potential savings. The software also provides comprehensive reporting to ensure full compliance with the European Union (EU) Emissions Trading System legislation.
June 2015: News Item A-1: Air Transat ((IATA) Code: TS, based at Montréal Trudeau) (AIJ) has been fined CAD150,000/USD122,000 by Transport Canada for safety violations that occurred during 2014.
The Canadian leisure operator said that it had authorized six engineers (MT) to sign off "for technical work without having updated their mandatory non-technical training, due to procedural shortcomings." The deficiency was subsequently corrected, (AIJ) added.
(AIJ) operates a fleet of 9 A310-300s, 6 A330-200s, 4 A330-300s, and 4 737-800s on flights from various Canadian cities to Mexico, the Caribbean. as well as to Europe.
News Item A-2: Air Transat (AIJ) launched its latest European service on June 17 with a new weekly service from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Budapest (BUD), via an intermediate stop on route in Montreal (YUL). Flights will operate on the 7,150 km sector each Wednesday, using (AIJ)’s A330s.
Air Transat (AIJ) becomes the 4th wide body carrier to operate from Budapest, following on from the launch of daily flights to Dubai with Emirates (EAD) last October, and from Air China (BEJ), who began flights from Beijing in May. The 4th wide body operator at Budapest is SkyGreece Airlines, which will provide (AIJ) with direct competition to Pearson, however services to Montreal face no competition.
September 2015: Air Transat (AIJ) will add Airbus A330 flights to Zagreb, Croatia and Pisa, Italy beginning mid-June 2016, boosting its direct European destinations to 29 cities.
Sunday flights will leave from Toronto for Pisa starting June 13, with a stopover in Montreal. (AIJ) will fly the Toronto - Zagreb route every Tuesday from June 15. (AIJ) will also launch nonstop weekly, Vancouver - Rome flights starting June 17.
Air Transat (AIJ) will also boost capacity on existing routes in 2016. It will add a frequency to Montreal - Lyon flights, for 5x-weekly roundtrips, and boost Montreal - London and Montreal - Toulouse routes by one frequency each, to 3x-weekly.
(AIJ) will increase Montreal - Lisbon flights to 4x-weekly. (AIJ) will also add two Toronto - London trips for a total of 11 weekly flights, and Vancouver - London will increase by one frequency to 7x-weekly trips. An additional Toronto - Barcelona frequency will give (AIJ) 4x-weekly trips between those cities, and Toronto - Porto flights will rise to 3x-weekly.
In addition, Air Transat (AIJ) will add connecting flights on Montreal - Toronto, Montreal - Quebec City, and Toronto - Vancouver routes.
February 2016: News Item A-1: Air Transat (AIJ) on February 21 began services from Halifax (YHZ) to Cayo Coco (CCC). The 2,834 km sector will be flown by (AIJ) weekly on Sundays. Using its 737-800 fleet on the airport pair, Air Transat (AIJ) will face direct competition from Air Canada (ACN) and Sunwing Airlines (SWG), with both carriers also operating a weekly service.
News Item A-2: Bruce Aerospace is supplying Air Transat (AIJ)’s A330s with its latest generation of full-color cabin mood lighting, the "GEN 3."
March 2016: News Item A-1: "Air Transat is Almost 2 Different Airlines – Winter versus Summer; Cuba is #1 year-round", by www.anna.aero, March 14, 2016.
Canada’s 5th largest airline in terms of weekly seats this March (behind Air Canada (ACN), WestJet (WJI), Sunwing Airlines (SWG) and Porter Airlines) is Air Transat (AIJ). However, in the 2nd week of August this year it will be the 4th largest, as Sunwing (SWG) drops to 8th and Porter grows in size (from 69,560 to 73,186 weekly seats) to claim 3rd spot. Nothing unusual in that, airlines are often in a state of flux, when it comes to their respective market positions. More interesting is the switch in the airline’s destination markets, from predominantly Caribbean routes in the winter to European in summer, but with little change in its weekly capacity. In Winter 2015/2016 (week commencing March 10) Air Transat (AIJ) will operate 64,048 seats versus Spring 2016 (week commencing August 9), when it will fly 65,163 seats, or just 1.7% difference between the 2. Compare this to another leisure-based Canadian airline Sunwing (SWG), which falls from 72,198 to 22,113 weekly seats between winter and summer seasons. This may have something to do with the difference in the 2 airline’s fleets, both of which total 40 airplanes, with Air Transat (AIJ)’s (9 A310s, 12 A330s, 2 737-700s and 17 737-800s) containing wide bodies, whereas Sunwing (SWG) is solely narrow bodied (40 737-800s). As a result the former’s mixed fleet allows it to consider a broader range of destinations.
* Toronto - Punta Cana #1 – or is it Montreal - Paris (CDG)?
Looking at Air Transat (AIJ)’s winter network, services to the Caribbean are the most important, commanding nine of the airline’s top 12 routes, with 2 European services (highlighted in light green) also making it into the airline’s most significant winter operations. In terms of which routes make it into both top 12 listings, there are only 5, 2, Canada - Caribbean, 2, Canada - Europe, and the domestic sector between Toronto and Montreal. These top 12 routes are responsible for 35% of (AIJ) weekly seats in winter, and 38% in 2016.
* 20 country markets this summer
Currently Air Transat (AIJ) is operating to 17 country markets, which will increase to 20 in August. However, the make-up of those markets is significantly different with St Maarten, St Lucia, Guadeloupe, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Martinique in the Caribbean offered in the winter but not in the summer. This August, (AIJ) will fly to nine European countries (highlighted in light green), namely Italy, Netherlands, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, and Switzerland, all markets not operated to this March.
Although (AIJ) does clearly offer domestic seats for sale, as suggested above, the Canadian market has been omitted from this chart. As the base country for the airline’s international operations, it is clearly the most important country market. When considering year-round operations for the airline (adding winter and summer weekly seats), Cuba is the #1 country market, followed by the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. In terms of European destinations, France is 4th overall, just ahead of the UK in 5th. The top 12 countries represent 90% of all seats in March 2016, whereas in August 2016, the top dozen command slightly less capacity, around 81%.
* Further European route launches planned.
(AIJ) is planning to launch the following services later this year, most of which are new European city pairs:
* May 25 – Vancouver (YVR) to Rome Fiumicino (FCO);
* May 29 - Montreal (YUL) to Glasgow (GLA);
* May 29 - Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Nice (NCE);
* June 14 – Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Zagreb (ZAG);
* November 7 – Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Montreal (YUL) to Rio Hato (RIH).
Air Transat (AIJ) launched a weekly service from Toronto, via Montreal, to Budapest on June 17 last year. (AIJ)’s network switches from a Caribbean to a European bias every northern hemisphere summer season.
News Item A-2: Air Transat (AIJ) commenced its fourth international route from Moncton (YQM), with weekly (Fridays) services to Varadero (VRA) in Cuba joining its existing operations to Orlando (US), Cancún (Mexico) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic). Started on March 4, the 737-800 operated, 2,972 km sector will face direct competition from Sunwing Airlines (SWG), which offers the same city pair on a 2x-weekly basis. The seasonal service will run until May 6.
News Item A-3: Air Transat (AIJ) added services from St John’s (YYT) and Fredericton (YFC) to Cancún (CUN) on March 8. The weekly (Tuesdays) flights leave the former Canadian airport at 07:00 arriving into the latter at 08:35. Services then depart for Mexico from Fredericton at 09:35, arriving into Cancún after a 3,322 km journey at 13:45. Return flights arrive back into Fredericton at 21:10, with the final stop of St John’s seeing an arrival time of 23:35. There are no competing carriers on either airport pair. (AIJ) will use its 737-800 fleet on the sector.
News Item A-4: Air Transat (AIJ) pilots (FC) have agreed to a new collective labor contract. The tentative agreement had expired in April 2015 and was submitted to pilots (FC) at the end of February.
(AIJ) is an integrated international tour operator with >60 destination countries and that distributes products in >50 countries. A holiday travel specialist, (AIJ) operates mainly in Canada and Europe, as well as in the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Mediterranean Basin.
April 2016: Air Transat (AIJ) will supplement its summer capacity with the wet-lease of 737-400s from Canadian (ACMI)/charter specialist, Flair Airlines (FLV).
The contract will begin on May 6 and will see the twinjets connecting Vancouver International, Calgary, and Edmonton International in Canada with the Mexican resort towns of Puerto Vallarta, Cancún, and San José Cabo. 2 Flair Airlines (FLV) 737-400s will operate for Air Transat (AIJ) each weekend until the end of October.
November 2016: 2 737-73S (29080, C-GTQI; 29081, C-GTQP). ex-(F-GZTN) & F-GZTO), (ASL) Airlines leased, 737-8FH (35093, C-GTQX), ex-(OK-TSC), 737-8K2 (36120, F-GZHI), TransAvia France leased, and 737-8Q8 (30724, C-GTQY), ex-(OK-TVY), Travel Service leased.
January 2017: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) was selected by Air Transat (AIJ) to provide CyClean engine wash services at Montreal for its (CF6-80C2)s (Airbus A310s), (Trent 700)s (A330s), and (CFM56-7)s (Boeing 737s).
May 2017: Air Transat (AIJ) is turning 30 this year. (AIJ) has unveiled a special livery on an A330-342 (111, C-GKTS) with sober blue gradient on the back of the aircraft and a 30 years' logo in both English and French.
October 2017: News Item A-1: " Thomas Cook Group to Launch Balearics Airline" by Kurt Hofmann email@example.com October 19, 2017.
UK-based tour operator, the Thomas Cook Group (GUE)/(JMA) will launch a new airline in Spain’s Palma de Mallorca next year, the company said on October 18.
"Thomas Airlines Balearics" should begin operations with 3 Airbus A320s from spring 2018, operating flights for the Thomas Cook Group (GUE)/(JMA). The new unit is part of the group’s airlines growth strategy.
The 3 aircraft are currently operating for Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW).
The group has requested its 4th airline operator’s certificate (AOC) in Mallorca, in addition to UK-based Thomas Cook Airlines (GUE)/(JMA), Condor (CDF) in Germany and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (PRH). Mallorca is expected to add 1 million passengers for the Thomas Cook Group, making it the most favored destination.
The Spanish subsidiary should bring additional seasonal capacity for the group airlines and the Palma base should deliver operational flexibility with a competitive cost-structure. “With this new airline we can adjust seasonal changes, do cost-effective planning and offer more destinations,” Thomas Cook Group Chief Airlines Officer Christoph Debus said. Debus said the announcement is in line with the recent fleet exchange agreement with Montreal-based leisure carrier Air Transat (AIJ).
On October 2, leisure carriers Air Transat (AIJ) and Thomas Cook Airlines (GUE)/(JMA) signed a 7-year agreement to exchange aircraft on a seasonal basis. The deal calls for UK-based Thomas Cook to make available a number of narrow body Airbus A321s every winter to Montreal-based Air Transat (AIJ), which will receive at least 1 wide body A330-200 in return.
The Thomas Cook Group currently includes UK-based Thomas Cook Airlines (GUE)/(JMA), Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW) and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (PRH).
News Item A-2: (AJW) Group expanded its (PBH) contract with Canadian (LCC) Air Transat (AIJ) to cover its Airbus A330s.
February 2018: This month's new routes include:
* February 18, 2018: Air Transat (AIJ), Montreal (YUL), Canada to Tampa (TPA), USA weekly, 2094 km, 737-800 versus Air Canada (ACN) 5x-weekly.
* February 18, 2018: Air Transat (AIJ), Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Canada to Tampa, (TPA), USA weekly, 1764 km, 737-800 versus Air Canada (ACN) 14x-weekly, WestJet (WJI) 7x-weekly.
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2 737-400 (CFM56-3), FLAIR AIRLINES (FLV) LSD 2016-05 FOR SUMMER OPS.
0 737-46M (CFM56-3) (2844-28549, /97 C-GBIW; 2847-28550 /97 C-GBIX), (EBA) LSD FOR WINTER, 2 RTND. 170Y.
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2 737-73S (CFM56-7B) (29080, C-GTQI; 29081, C-GTQP). ex-(F-GZTN) & F-GZTO), (ASL) AIRLINES LSD 2016-11.
1 737-8FH (CFM56-7B) (35093, C-GTQX), EX-(OK-TSC), 2016-11.
1 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B) (36120, F-GZHI), TRANSAVIA LSD 2016-11.
4 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B26) (1910-29368, /06 VT-AXE; 1939-29369, /06 VT-AXF; 1892-30696, /06 C-GTQB; 1946-30701, /06 VT-AXG), (ILF) LSD, EX-AIR INDIA EXPRESS (AEB), WITH SPLIT SCIMITAR WINGLETS FROM AVIATION PARTNERS BOEING WINGLETS (APB) INSTALLED BY PREMIER AVIATION, ROME, NEW YORK. 2014-04. 189Y.
1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B26) (30724, C-GTQY), EX-(OK-TVY), TRAVEL SERVICE LSD 2016-11.
9 ORDERS (2014-08) 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (TVF) LSD. 189Y.
0 757-23AER (RB211-535E4) (471-25488, /92 C-GTSE, (CIC) LSD; 511-25491, /92 C-GTSF, (AWW) LSD). 25491 RTND, LST (RAY) 2001-06. RTND. 228Y.
0 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (271-24772, /90 C-GTSJ), EX-(INT), (ILF) LSD 1993-04. RTND, LST (SLO). 228Y.
0 757-28A (RB211-535E4) (268-24543, /90 C-GTSN, EX-(ODV); 530-25622, /93 C-GTSV, EX-(ASY), (ILF) LSD 1996-12, 24543 RTND (ARK) 2003-09. RTND TO ASTRAEUS 2009-07. 228Y.
0 L-1011-1 (1037), EX-(CAT) & EX-(TWA), BROKEN UP.
0 L-1011-385-1 (RB211-22B) (1019, /72 C-FTNA; 1010, /72 C-FTNB; 1023, /72 C-FTNC; 1048, /73 C-FTNG; 1049, /73 C-FTNH), 1019; 1023; SCRAPPED. RETIRED 3 BY 2003-09. 1048 WFU 2004-05, BROKEN UP 2004-11. 19C, 343Y.
0 L-1011-385-1 (RB211-22B) (1025), EX-(ANA), EX-(ACN), PARTED OUT.
1 L-1011-385-1-14 TRISTAR (RB211-22B) (193E-1048, /73, C-FTNG), FOR SALE. 19C, 343Y.
0 L-1011-385-1-14 TRISTAR (RB211-22B) (193P-1103, /75 C-GTSZ), ST (GLJ) AS (OD-HEO) 2005-11. 19C, 343Y.
0 L-1011-500 (RB211-524B4-02) (1052; 1053; 1235, /82 C-GATH; 1236, /82 C-GATM), EX-(LNK) 2000-01 TO 2000-09, 1052 PARTED OUT. RETIRED 3 (1235) BY 2003-09. 1235 SCRAPPED 2004-05. 1236 ST (GEE) 2004-06. 1236; ST (GLJ) 2006-05. 19C, 290Y.
0 L-1011-500 (RB211-524B4-02) (1242, /83 C-GTSP; 1243 /83 C-GTSQ), EX-(TAP). RETIRED 1242; 1243; BY 2003-09. 1242; 1243 ST JOASRO AVN (JOA) 2004-01. 1242; 1243; ST (TMA) 2004-01. 1242; 1243; ST (GLJ). 19C, 290Y.
0 L-1011-500 (RB211-524B-02) (1239, /82 C-GTSR), EX-(LAM)/(TAP), FORTIS, LST (STU) FOR 2 YRS 1998-12. RETIRED 1 BY 2003-09. 1239 ST (GEE) 2004-06. 1239 ST (GLJ) 2006-05. 19C, 290Y.
0 L-1011-500 (RB211-524B4-02) (1246, /83 C-FTSW), EX-(CBJ) 1999-01, "C" CHECK BY (TAP). RETIRED 1 BY 2003-09. 1246 ST (GEE) 2004-06. 1246; ST (GLJ) 2006-05. 19C, 290Y.
0 L-1011-500 (RB211-524B4-02) (1235, /82 C-GATH, 1236, /82 C-GATM), EX-(LNK). RETIRED 2 BY 2003-09. 1236 WFU 2004-03. 1236; ST (GLJ) 2006-05. 19C, 290Y.
2 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (447, /87 C-GTSY; 472, /88 C-GTSF), (GEF) LSD 2004-11. 20C, 229Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (483, /88 C-GTSW "BARTOLOMEU DIAS"), APOLLO AVIATION LSD 2008-09. EX-(TAP). 20C, 229Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (485, /88 C-GVAT), GOAL 5 YR LSD 2003-12. 20C, 229Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (527, /89 C-GTSX), (GOAL) LSD 2007-01. 20C, 229Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (541, /90 C-GTSK), APOLLO AVIATION LSD 2008-02. 20C, 229Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (545, /90 C-GFAT), TD TRUST CO LSD 200-12. 20C, 229Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (547, /90 C-GTSD; 595, /91 C-GTSI), GOAL LSD 2004-05. 595 SOLD IN ARMENIA TO VERTIR AS (EK-31095) 2009-11. 20C, 229Y.
4 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A8) (599, /92 C-GTSH), GOAL LSD 2004-04. 20C, 229Y.
3 A310-308 (CF6-80C2A8) (588, /91 C-GLAT; 597, /91 C-GPAT; 600, /92 C-GSAT; 667), EX-(EAD), (C-GFAT) (C-GLAT, 2001-03) (597, 2001-05), (CDI) MAINT, GOAL 5 YR LSD. 597 SEE INCDT 2005-05. 20C, 229Y.
1 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (658, /92 C-FDAT), (TCI) LSD 2002-04. 20C, 229Y.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (737, /97 F-GRSG; 749, F-GRSH), (STU) WET-LSD 2003-11. 737 RTND 2004-05. 749 RTND. 180Y.
3 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (250, /99 C-GGTS; 271, /99 C-GITS - - SEE PHOTO - - "AIJ-A330-243-2009-06;" 480, /02 C-GPTS, 2002-05), (ILF) 10 YR LSD. 250; & 271; WET-LST (GIA) 2009-10. (AGAIN) 2010-10. 21C, 321Y.
3 A330-243 (369, C-GTSN, 2010-11; 966, C-GTSR, 2010-09; 971, C-GTSZ, 2010-09), (TCI) LSD. ex-(HB-IQZ, XA-MXP & XA-MPQ). 369; LST XL AIRWAYS FRANCE 2010-12. 21C, 321Y.
2 A330-243 (427; 795, C-GTSI, 2011-11), EX-(G-OJMB; & G-TCXA), (TCI) LSD. 21C, 321Y.
2 ORDERS A330-300:
2 A330-342 (TRENT 772-60) (111, /95 C-GKTS; 177, /97 C-GCTS), EX-(DRG), EX-(BYE), (ILF) LSD 1999-10. 21C, 321Y.
1 A330-342 (TRENT 772-60) (132, /96 C-GTSO), EX-B-HYD) 2011-03. 21C, 321Y.
1 A330-343 (TRENT 772B-60) (407, /01 C-GTSD), EX-(TC-SGJ (2012-09. 36C, 282Y.
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JEAN-MARC EUSTACHE, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
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