Transat A.T. Inc. on July 23 restarted its commercial flights after four months – 112 days – of inactivity. The resumption began with three international flights (Montreal-Toulouse, Montreal-Paris and Toronto-London) and three domestic flights (Montreal-Toronto, Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Vancouver). Transat’s entire reduced summer schedule of 24 routes to some 20 destinations is set to be up and running by August 2.
“July 23 is, and will remain, a very special day in the history of Transat. We are gradually resuming our flight operations after a 112-day shutdown,” said Annick Guérard, COO, Transat. “The entire Transat team, starting with our on-duty flight crews, is very pleased to return to action and to offer our passengers a restyled experience adapted to the situation. The skies are slowly clearing and that is encouraging, but it in no way means that the crisis caused by COVID-19 is over.”
Putting the COVID-19 challenge into perspective, Air Transat relates the current operating environment to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, noting that by September 13 it had began the gradual resumption of its flights.
To help build customer confidence in travelling safely during COVID-19, Transat has initiated a Traveller Care program with a range of health and safety measures, as well as a guide that includes, among other information, the requirements of destination countries and airports.
In July, Air Transat took delivery of three new Airbus A321neoLR aircraft, which are the core of its fleet transformation. The last two A321neoLRs to join the fleet made their first-ever delivery flights last weekend powered by sustainable fuel (SAF) from the Airbus assembly plant in Hamburg, Germany.
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