Canadian holiday travel airline Air Transat is marking on November 14 the 25th anniversary of its inaugural flight.
On November 14, 1987, an Air Transat Lockheed L-1011 TriStar with 360 passengers aboard took off from Montréal for Acapulco.
“We have come an impressive distance in 25 years and I am extremely proud of the work and dedication of every one of our employees, which has enabled Air Transat to reach the peak of its industry and be recognized as an airline with exceptional standards of quality,” says Allen Graham, president of Transat Canada and president and CEO of Air Transat.
“I also want to thank the millions of passengers who have been loyal to us and who, year after year, place their trust in us when the time comes for them to plan their holiday travel and overseas trips,” adds Graham.
Since 1987, Air Transat has carried nearly 50 million passengers to more than 60 destinations. The only Canadian airline offering direct transatlantic flights to more than 30 European cities, Air Transat is also known for its extensive array of sun destinations.
In May 2012, Air Transat unveiled a new, entirely redesigned cabin interior in each of its aircraft. The new interior represented an investment of nearly C$4 million per aircraft.
Air Transat now has some 450 pilots, 1,800 flight attendants, 300 maintenance employees and 150 office staff. The airline makes about 8,000 flights annually, from 19 Canadian cities.
Every year, Air Transat carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries aboard its fleet of eight Airbus A330-200, four A330-300 and 11 A310-300 widebody jets. It is one of the few airlines still operating the Airbus A310-300 in passenger service.
Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and a company which distributes its vacation-package products in more than 50 countries.