Air Transat retires Airbus A310

An Air Transat Airbus A310. Photo: © Eric Salard

Canadian leisure airline Air Transat has operated its final Airbus A310 flight on Tuesday, March 31. It was operating from Porto to Toronto from where the aircraft then headed to Montreal Mirabel Airport for storage.

Air Transat had originally planned to retire the A310 in late-April, but as a result of the Coronavirus crisis and the resulting temporary shutdown of the airline from April 1, accelerated the phaseout of the aircraft. In the past, the airline operated up to 14 aircraft of the type with a configuration of 12 seats in Premium Economy and 238 seats in regular Economy.

Along with a number of A330s, the Airbus A310 was Air Transat’s workhorse for flights to Europe as well as to the Caribbean and will be replaced by eighteen brand-new Airbus A321LR of which the airline has already received three.

Being founded in 1986, Air Transat is now the third largest Canadian airline with hubs in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver. Its 43 aircraft strong fleet consists of Airbus A321, A321neo, the A330 family and Boeing 737-800. Air Canada proposed a takeover of the airline in May 2019 for CAD 720 million which is yet to be approved by Canada’s regulation authorities.

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