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Air Transat To Lay-off 30% Of Its Workforce  
User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 5038 posts, RR: 50
Posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6577 times:

Yeah the Montreal economy is taking a beating here  Sad

Anyway, on cyberpresse.ca (La Presse's french internet website), AIr Transat is to lay-off 30% of its force, basically all of it's non-unionized employees.

They cite weak demand for travel to Canada and Europe due to SARS...

Not a good day for Canadian aviation...


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User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6518 times:

That's bad...

What I'm surprised of is that there isn't any word of layoffs with Skyservice. Transat better adapt and get 320's of their own. There was talks of substituting PTS (A333 mainly based in YVR) with 2 320's from their french wholly owned subsidiary Star Airlines (IATA:2R, ICAO:SEU).

As much as I HATE to admit this, their fleet is ill equipped for handling high frequency low yield sun destinations. They need to "double up" on their narrow bodies. I don't like the idea of 1011's and 310's being replaced with narrow plastic, from what I can see with Skyservice's success this winter, it works very very well.

Nevertheless, I firmly believe TS has a much better product. The level of service is much better than the two other alternatives here in Toronto (Air Canada aside). Movies in flight, clips on the destination during boarding, food, interior presentation and corporate branding, above par. All the best though those tough times Air Transat.


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6522 times:

Air Transat has done quite well up until now, and weathered the storm reasonably well after their issues in 2001, most notably the Azores glider.

Of the charter airlines, I think Air Transat has the best chance of staying aloft. Somebody I know was saying they heard Transat will be cutting its fleet in half, with the A330's and L1011's to go, but I sincerely doubt that will happen. Either way, I worry about Skyservice or Transat this year, unless things start to rebound this summer.

By the way, what is the latest on Skyservice's A330's? And for Airman99o, you mentioned in a thread a few weeks ago that a major announcement was imminent at the time, but nothing happened that I'm aware of!  Big grin

"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16525 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6471 times:

We have to remember that TS has survived and largely prospered for 15 years...so we know their mgmt is competent. They have outlasted many other charter carriers. While this is bad news, they are just adjusting to the North Atlantic market realities.

As for their fleet composition, I would argue that now is the time to return the high-lease-rate A330's (if they have that flexibility). The L10's and 310's are paid for so they can sit idle if need be and not cost much.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6463 times:

A recent article in the globe and mail said they were trimming routes about 10% (or 15%, I don't recall) for the summer. Mr. Eustache, CEO of Air Transat said demand was well down, and things were tough, but Transat was more than prepared to take on the challenges, and was not suffering from a lack of liquidity. The L1011's are much too expensive to keep running unfortunately, and will likely leave very soon. The A310 is looking better and better for Transat, as it is cheap to acquire, not too bad to maintain, and provides a good size for trans-Atlantic services in these times with lower demand. I agree with Cessnapimp, maybe it's time Transat looks at A320's or other aircraft with similar capacity for southern destinations. I'm sure they can get some used A320's for next to nothing. Let Skyservice get rid of the "older" A320's, get new ones and face huge lease obligations on a sparkling brand new fleet that will end up sitting on the ground. I'm worried about Skyservice if they aren't able to secure some lucrative contracts in the next little while.

"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineQb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6423 times:

The article in "La Presse" went on to say that, if the rumor is true, that TS will abandon its Tristar. Kinda sad...

Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.
User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6414 times:

Funny how there was supposed to be a press release on what direction Transat was going with their fleet, and that was to happen quite a while ago. I wonder what the timeline would be for the Tristars to leave the fleet is that would be the case.

"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineSafeFlyer From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 627 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6383 times:

I'm not surprised by the annoucement since transatlantic bookings have been extremely slow up-to-date. As for the A330s going, I would be very, very surprised. When they leased the first 3 in 1999, the risk of a possible recession was probably studied and the Tristars were due for retirement anyways. Parts and spares are becoming rare and maintenance costs are rising not forgetting that a L-1011 burns a lot more fuel than the 330s.

Just to clarify, Mr. Eustache is not the president and CEO of Air Transat. He's the big boss of the whole "patente à Transat", Allen B. Graham is the CEO of Air Transat.

I also read in my local newspaper this weekend (Le Droit), also affiliated with "Cyberpresse", that TS pilots were probably going on strike on May 27th. Wise move!  Yeah sure My father will be flying TS in a week and coming back May 30th I think. Anyone knows what TS will do If the pilots strand the pax at a foreign destination?

User currently offlineBWIA330 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 922 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6302 times:


I read in an article on the net from Air Transat stating that they are trying to rework the scheduales to use the Airbus Aircraft (A310, A330) more than their L-1011's as the operating costs are cheaper. Do you all know when TS will retire their L-1011's? Would they replace them with more A310's or A330's or another type?

Best Regards,


User currently offlineRootsgirl From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 530 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6268 times:

The announcement that SSV had was that it had renegotiated with Sunquest and they have signed a one billion dollar deal - to take acutal effect in the fall. I hope until then, that we can survive the slim pickings of the summer and that SSV and Transat stay aloft.

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