Travelers living in Toronto and Montreal will have more flight options to London next summer as Air Transat is increasing its number of weekly flights from the two cities to the UK capital. According to Business Traveller, the London Gatwick-Toronto service will increase from daily to twice daily. The London Gatwick-Montreal will increase from three to five times per week.
An exciting Summer 2020
The service increases don’t stop there. In fact, the airline will be adding more capacity on its flights between Glasgow and Dublin to Toronto. This will be done by replacing its aging Airbus A310s with A330s and A321neo LRs. Both of these routes, as well as its Manchester-Toronto service, will operate five times weekly.
“This increase in our services to Toronto and Montreal is great news for travellers. From four departure points across the UK and Ireland, passengers can travel on the World’s Best Leisure Airline to a wide range of Canadian cities that each offer a unique and unforgettable holiday experience.” –
Adrian Keating, Commercial Director, UK & Ireland, of Air Transat
Out with the old, in with the new
At the beginning of this month, Air Transat flew its first A321LR service from Montreal to London Gatwick. The aircraft was delivered on June 28th and is a lease from AerCap.
Business Traveller reports that Club Class (equivalent to premium economy) offers 12 leather seats with wider touch screens and a leg rest. In economy class there are 187 seats that have USB charging ports.
“The arrival of this new generation of aircraft is an important moment for our company and our passengers in many respects…The Airbus A321LR represents what Air Transat stands for today and what we strive for in the coming years. It reinforces our position as a leader in sustainable tourism, while also offering our passengers a superior on-board experience.” -Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer at Transat.
According to the airline’s website, the aircraft will offer “more personal space in Economy Class” as well as less cabin noise. Air Transat goes on to say that the A321LR has “the lowest fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and NOx) in its class” which aligns with the carrier’s “continued efforts in sustainable tourism”.
According to Airbus, the addition of these A321LRs are part of a larger leasing deal with AerCap to convert to an all-Airbus fleet by 2022. In doing so it will phase out older widebody and narrowbody planes.
As for the old Airbus A310s, the airline has scheduled the last flight using this aircraft for April 2020. The Air Transat A310 fleet has an average age of 29 years old and some have been part of the airline’s fleet from 1999.
It will be interesting to see how much of this changes once the deal with Air Canada finalizes – if there are even any changes at all.
Do you have any plans to take advantage of any of these additional flights next summer? Let us know if you have any Air Transat plans coming up by leaving a comment!
We contacted Air Transat with a request for an official statement. However, no response was received at the time of publishing this article.