Air Transat obtains IOSA registration - First North American holiday travel airline to meet internationally recognized IOSA standards



    MONTREAL, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Transat, Canada's leading holiday
travel airline and a subsidiary of Transat A.T. Inc., was confirmed by the
International Air Transport Association (IATA) as an IOSA-registered operator
at a ceremony held today in Madrid. IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit)
registration caps 18 months of intense preparation work and process
enhancement by the airline, followed by a comprehensive audit performed by
IATA-accredited Simat, Helliesen & Eichner, Inc. (SH&E).
    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 IOSA program was launched
by IATA in 2003. It comprises more than 900 stringent standards that
contribute to airline operational safety in the areas of management, flight
operations, operational control, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin
operations, ground handling, cargo operations and operational security. IOSA
registration means an airline meets all IOSA standards and confirms its
commitment to delivering a safe operation.
    "We are extremely proud to become a member of the select group of
IOSA-registered airlines," said Allen B. Graham, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Air Transat. "Safety is our way of life, and this culminates years
of successful efforts by the whole Air Transat team to become an international
benchmark in safety management. This is testimony to the excellence and
solidity of the control systems we have put in place over the years."
    In 2008, Air Transat employs approximately 300 pilots, more than 1,200
flight attendants, nearly 300 technicians and specialists, plus 350 office
personnel. The airline has operated close to 13,000 flights in 2007, from
gateways across Canada. This coming summer, Air Transat will have 63 direct
city-pair routes between Canada and 28 European cities, more than any carrier.

    About Air Transat

    Air Transat is Canada's leading holiday travel airline. It carries close
to 3 million passengers annually to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries.
Air Transat has a fleet of 17 Airbus A330s and A310s. The company employs more
than 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


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