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Air Transat is Canada’s number one holiday airline. It was named World’s Best Leisure Airline at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Every year, it carries some 5 million passengers to approximately 60 destinations in more than 25 countries. This Canadian airline has provided a much-loved service across the pond for more than 30 years, to various Canadian cities from London, Glasgow, Manchester and Dublin. Read on to find out more about the award-winning airline that’s making transatlantic flights more affordable.
1. You can fly direct from London to Toronto for £326 return
Air Transat flights are some of the most affordable transatlantic flights you can get. We found a return flight from London to Toronto for an astonishingly low £326. That’s unbelievably great value for direct flights, and it includes in-flight meals and entertainment! It’s the perfect chance for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Niagara Falls.
2. Air Transat was voted the World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2018
At the Skytrax World Airline Awards in July 2018, Air Transat won World’s Best Leisure Airline (a leisure airline being one that specialises in package tours to holiday hotspots). And this isn’t some meaningless bauble – it was based on satisfaction surveys completed by 20 million passengers across 320 airlines.
3. They fly to loads of destinations
Air Transat is Canada’s number one holiday airline, flying to approximately 60 destinations in more than 25 countries. From the UK, you can fly with them from Manchester or Glasgow to Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. And from London Gatwick, you can also fly to Quebec in addition to the above routes.
4. The inflight entertainment is pretty sweet
Air Transat has some pretty impressive in-flight entertainment. The airline’s Airbus A330 planes have individual 9-inch touchscreens on each seat, with a range of movies and TV shows on offer – including plenty of Canadian classics. Canada really does start on board!
5. Direct flights from London Gatwick to Vancouver for as little as £359 return
London to Vancouver: that’s a nearly ten-hour, 7,500-kilometre flight. But we found a direct Air Transat flight for just £359. That’s about 5p per kilometre! Now there’s no excuse not to visit one of the world’s most liveable cities – and sample the amazing food.
6. It’s easy to check the cheapest time to fly
Air Transat share data on the cheapest time to fly on each of their routes from the UK to Canada. This is a great place to start if you’re flexible about when you travel!
7. Families will always sit together
If you have a child under 12 and you book flights for your family, the Air Transat system will automatically assign you with seats grouped together at no extra charge.
8. Get a direct flight from Glasgow to Toronto for just £363 return
Yep, you can get from Scotland to Canada and back for £363. Maybe this is your chance to hang off the side of the world-famous CN Tower from a wire?
9. Fancy food menus
You can taste Canada on board with the locally sourced, gourmet menu from celebrity Quebec chef Daniel Vezina – included with Club Class or available to purchase in Economy for £15. Did you know your taste buds work differently when you’re flying at 32,000 feet? This menu has been expertly designed, and taste-tasted in the air, so why wouldn’t you treat yourself? You’re already on holiday right?
The gourmet menu is not the only one, however! Air Transat has also recently improved it’s Bistro Menu. Included in the ticket price you can choose from two tasty hot meals, like garlic and ginger chicken with jasmine rice or vegetarian Shanghai noodles. Your meal is served with a side salad, desert and a cheeky beer or wine. You’ll also get free soft drinks throughout the flight with a further snack later on.
10. You can fly direct from London Gatwick to Montreal for £357 return
That’s right, the cheapest flight we could find is just £357 return. Wander around Old Montreal, visit Notre-Dame Cathedral (the other one) and explore the Underground City – a network of tunnels and shopping complexes that honeycombs through the Downtown district.
11. Club Class for intercontinental comfort
If you’re going to be stuck on a plane for eight hours, you might as well fly in comfort. Air Transat Club Class offers the big comfy seats you’d expect in an exclusive 12 seat cabin, along with numerous other perks like a welcome cocktail, a lovely amenity kit, complimentary alcoholic beverages and snacks, plus the tasty gourmet menu from celebrity Quebec chef Daniel Vezina. Plus you’ll feel like a VIP with priority airport services every step of the way, and you can check in two pieces of baggage weighing a whopping 32 kilograms each.
12. Keep the little ones happy with Air Transat Kids Club
Hey, hands up who’s looking forward to a transatlantic flight with three kids in tow? Anyone? Well at least there’s the Air Transat Kids Club to keep the little darlings entertained for some of the way. It’s free to register children between the ages of 2 and 11, and they get a free member’s kit full of goodies, as well as a few onboard surprises. Members get free seat selection and parents will enjoy the priority airport services and stroller gate delivery.
13. Fly from London Gatwick to Calgary for £365 return
We found a direct return flight from London to Calgary for an unbelievable £365 return. If you head there in July, make sure to catch the Calgary Stampede, a massive rodeo and festival that attracts more than a million visitors each year. Weirdly, Calgary airport also features an oxygen wellness spa, if you’re into that sort of thing – or you just want something to pass the time while waiting for a flight..
14. Up-to-date airplanes
Air Transat runs mostly Airbus planes, and the fleet is constantly being refreshed. Earlier this year they ordered seven Airbus A321neos, which will be delivered between 2020 and 2022. The cutting edge A321neo boasts greater comfort and personal space. With its new, efficient engine design, flights will be quieter with greater fuel efficiency, which is great for the environment!
15. Fly from Manchester to Vancouver from just £386
You can tick Vancouver off your bucket list with a £386 return ticket from Manchester. From the cherry blossom festival in April, to a week-long celebration of craft beer in June, Vancouver always has something exciting going on. Check out this list of events in Vancouver to find out what’s on while you’re visiting!
16. An app to keep track of your flights
The Air Transat App is a handy little program for Android and iOS that lets you download your boarding pass, set up alerts for your flights and even book a hotel. And the CinePlus apps mean you can download the inflight entertainment onto your phone, too!
17. Choose the fare option that suits you
In addition to fancy schmancy Club Class, Air Transat has a range of fare types for every kind of traveller. Travelling light? Then grab Eco Budget, though checked baggage can be added to the booking at any time for a fee. Want great value? Eco Standard includes checked baggage at 23kg and standard seat selection, costing much less than adding these items individually. You’ll also have options to change travel dates or even cancel for a fee. Are you a spontaneous adventurer? Eco Flex offers free cancellation and changes as well of plenty of extras, such as two pieces of checked baggage, priority airport services and the best seats available.
18. Enhance your flight experience with Option Plus
If you add Option Plus to your ticket, you’ll get a piece of checked baggage at 23kg, priority airport services, an onboard comfort kit including a snuggly blanket, inflatable neck pillow, eye mask and in-ear headphones, plus an extra alcoholic drink to start the party early. Why not make it a Canadian cocktail?
19. A focus on sustainable tourism
In 2016, Air Transat was the first North American tour operator to become a Travelife Partner – a group that sets out strict sustainability criteria. The airline has steadily reduced its CO2 emissions per passenger over the past decade, and it provides long-term financial support to SOS Children’s Villages, a charity that builds projects in poor villages across the world.
20. They’ve got 30 years of experience
2 years ago, Air Transat celebrated its 30th anniversary flying from London Gatwick, and the company’s aircraft got new livery as part of the festivities. They’re not some flash in the pan start-up – they’ve been doing this a long, long time…
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Published March 2019. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.