Canadians across the country to continue to benefit from unique offering
of direct flights to sun destinations
MONTREAL and HALIFAX, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Transat A.T. Inc. and CanJet
Airlines have entered into a 5-year partnership agreement, effective May 1,
2009, to April 30, 2014, with two subsequent one-year renewal options. The
agreement allows tour operator Transat Tours Canada, a Transat business unit
operating under the Transat Holidays and Nolitours brands, to charter CanJet
narrow-body Boeing 737-800 aircraft flying out of more than 20 Canadian cities
to approximately 20 sun destinations.
"Over the years, Canadians have made us their tour operator of choice,
and Transat is now number one in all regions across Canada, offering
departures to more than 30 sun destinations in 17 countries," said Nelson
Gentiletti, President of Transat Tours Canada and Executive Vice-President,
Tour Operators, of Transat. "This agreement ensures us the capacity and
flexibility we need to continue to offer superior service at affordable rates
to a vast array of communities across the country."
"We are excited to have entered a long term agreement with Transat on the
strategic use of our Boeing 737-800 aircraft to meet Transat's expanding
requirements for narrow-body aircraft," said Stephen Rowe, Executive Vice
President and C.O.O. "We are extremely pleased that our past aircraft charter
relationship along with exceptional customer service standards have exceeded
Transat's expectations and they have moved forward with a long term strategic
agreement with our airline."
Meanwhile, Transat and WestJet have mutually agreed to terminate, at the
end of the current winter season, a similar partnership originally due to
expire on October 31, 2010, with the understanding that some flights may
continue to be contracted to WestJet on an ad-hoc basis.
In the winter, Transat offers sun packages to more than 30 destinations
in 17 countries out of more than 20 Canadian gateways from coast to coast,
mainly through its own airline, Air Transat, Canada's largest holiday carrier.
Air Transat operates 18 wide-body aircraft (14 Airbus A310s with 249 seats; 4
Airbus A330s with 342 seats). Narrow-body aircraft, including CanJet's Boeing
737-800 (189 seats), provide additional capacity and flexibility to serve
smaller markets and help adjust capacity to demand. Globally, Transat ranks
among the largest tour operators worldwide and works with nearly 70 airlines.
CanJet Airlines, with its base in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a full-service
charter airline operating a fleet of Boeing Next Generation 737-800 aircraft.
CanJet, owned by IMP Group International Inc. is focused on global,
sustainable growth, with 3,500 experienced people delivering service, quality
and value to customers across diverse sectors such as aerospace, aviation,
airline, healthcare, industrial marine, information technology, hospitality
and property development.
Transat A.T. Inc. is an integrated international tour operator with more
than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50
countries. A holiday travel specialist, Transat operates mainly in Canada and
Europe, as well as in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean Basin.
Montreal-based Transat is also active in air transportation, destination
services and distribution. (TSX: TRZ.B, TRZ.A)
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on which these forward-looking statements are based to be reasonable, but
cautions the reader that these assumptions regarding future events, many of
which are beyond its control, may ultimately prove to be incorrect since they
are subject to risks and uncertainties that may affect the Corporation. For
additional information with respect to these and other factors, see the Annual
Information Form and Annual Report for the year ended October 31, 2008, filed
with Canadian securities commissions. The Corporation disclaims any intention
or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than
as required by law.
For further information: Jean-Michel Laberge, Transat A.T. Inc., (514)
987-1616 ext. 4662; Kent Woodside, CanJet Airlines, (902) 873-7800; Source:
Transat A.T. Inc./CanJet Airlines