20 years since Air Transat first took off



    Canada's leading holiday travel carrier made its inaugural flight on
    November 14, 1987

    MONTREAL, Nov. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Tomorrow, Air Transat, Canada's leading
holiday travel airline and a subsidiary of Transat A.T. Inc., will celebrate
the 20th anniversary of its first flight, which took wing on November 14,
1987. On that day, some 360 passengers left Montreal for the sunny skies of
Acapulco on board a Lockheed L-1011.
    "Since then, Air Transat has gone on to become the leading carrier in its
category, thanks among other things to its highly qualified flight crews,
excellent customer service, exceptional value, special services for families
and young travellers, Club Class and one of the industry's best on-time
records," said Air Transat President and CEO Allen B. Graham. "It's not too
surprising that, since 1987, no fewer than 35 million passengers have chosen
to fly and see the world with Air Transat."
    In 2007, Air Transat has some 300 pilots, more than 1,100 flight
attendants, 290 specialized technicians and more than 300 office staff. The
company makes approximately 12,000 flights per year, departing from every
region of Canada.
    Air Transat is also the main partner of the Children's Wish Foundation of
Canada. Since 2004, through its "Change for Kids" program, the company has
helped grant the fondest wishes of numerous children coping with serious
illness. To date, the company has raised $ 2.3 million for the Foundation
through donations from passengers and employees.
    Air Transat would like all of its customers to share in its 20th
anniversary celebrations. From November 12 to 18, check-in counters at the
airline's eight principal locations -Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto,
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Paris and London- will take on a festive air,
emblazoned with the 20-year anniversary colours. Passengers flying with Air
Transat on November 14 will also have a chance to win various prizes drawn on
board.

    A bit of history

    In June 1987, a Quebec-based tour operator called Trafic Voyages, today
Transat A.T. Inc., set out to expand the organization and launch its own
airline: Air Transat. To do so, the company made an initial public offering,
which raised about $8 million.
    Over the next 20 years, Transat A.T. quickly grew to join the ranks of
the top international tour operators, with annualized sales of approximately
$3 billion (annualized), 6,000 employees in eight countries, and products in
over 60 destination countries. Air Transat, in turn, has become Canada's
leading charter airline, carrying some 2.6 million tourists to approximately
30 sun destinations every year and offering direct flights to about
30 European cities in more than 10 countries.

    About Air Transat

    Air Transat is Canada's leading holiday travel airline. It carries some
2.6 million passengers annually to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries. Air
Transat has a fleet of 16 Airbus A330s and A310s. The company employs
approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a subsidiary of Transat A.T. Inc.,
an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination
countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries.




For further information:

For further information: Jean-Michel Laberge, (514) 987-1660, ext. 4662,
jean-michel.laberge@transat.com; Source: Transat A.T. Inc., www.transat.com,
www.airtransat.com, www.transat20.com


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