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How Is Air Transat Doing?  
User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

I haven't heard a thing about TS latley? Are they still operating all of their flights....I have seen a few L1011's turning onto final, while standing outside at work. My question is...I never see anymore A330's B757's or A310's....all i see are the L1011's in the cargo area at YYZ. I know that they are paid for, but I thought they might be up in the sky or something....doing the atlantic routes?

Anyone with any info?

Grant


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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2237 times:

Grant, I am curious myself how TS is doing. I did see an L1011 land yesterday as well as one of the A330's, which I hadn't seen in a long time! With C3 gone, I would assume that Transat would gain from that. They do have some good things, such as owning some of their aircraft, as well as actually saving money. Apparantly they have lots of money which could be used in case something goes wrong. Things that Angus doesn't understand!

They have survived their incident in the Azores, the incident in France as well, and lots of really bad press. Let's hope Transat will do much better in the future.



"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 offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

Nuno,

If TS could ever adopt Royal's service....they would take the country by storm, I have heard nothing good from TS....only that they got you there.....late usually, but on the ground....most of the time.

Take care and we'll see you soon...maybe tomorrow?

Grant



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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

Hey Grant, I'll be at Threshold tomorrow, so stop by if you'd like. However, we'll be doing inventory, and both owners will be there, so I know I wont be able to do much chatting unfortunately. I kind of like it when one is working and the other is on holidays!!!  Smile)

I have posted before that yes, TS was terrible before, and I've had many poor flights with them. But I flew back from Portugal in February last year on the A330, and I was pleasantly surprised. Their service was comparable to C3's, the airplane was very nice, new, and comfortable (this one had 8 across seating, not 9), and we got in early!!! Give Transat some time to work out its flaws, and I think it's been doing that, and it will be a very good airline.




"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 offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2198 times:

Thanks for the update...I have not flown TS since......Sept 99.....so it should be better now, and I wouldn't mind one more ride on the L1011!!!

See you tomorrow then, anything new there.....I haven't got any new models in a while.....??? LOL!!!

Grant



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User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2202 times:

I think Air Transat can be one heck of a good airline but they need to make some minor improvements. But I can see them becoming very good, in the near future.

User currently offlineIslander From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2196 times:

Captaingnomes

I don't know anything about 'the incident in France'.Can you let us know what this was?

Gmonney

What is LOL?I've seen this so many times but haven't a clue what it means.Am I being awfully ignorant?

Thank you both.


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2185 times:

Well, one incident in France last summer was an L10 taking off from Lyon that encountered a hail storm. Severe damage to the radome, fwd fuselage. The a/c returned to Lyon but has not re-entered service since.

LOL....laughing out loud.



Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2181 times:

Thanks Neil...for answering the question, where is that L these days?

So Neil, when are we going to get a group together at YYZ for a day, today is a great day, not too cold for January!!!

Talk to you soon...

Grant



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User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2181 times:

I arrived from LGW on Air Transat yesterday and it was a great flight. Having heard so much bad stuff about them from various people, I was very pleasently surprised. They flight was great, it was on an L1011 which is know my favourite aircraft. I was sitting very close to the back 36H which is the starboard window seat. I could see the whole back of the wing from there. I like how they have the degrees of flap written on the actual wing so you can see how far down they are lowered. I didn't think the aircraft was loud, not louder than 767 I think... Also, the FAs were very polite and funny but still professional. The food was good, Air Canada's is no better. We had breakfast and dinner with drinks served a few times. I great flight and I am very happy that it wasn't an A330 and that I got a chance to fly on the L1011. I wish there were more of them around.

User currently offlineAirtime From Canada, joined Jun 1999, 86 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2181 times:

Well TS is doing fine. We now have 4 310-300 with 2 more coming this year and we are suppose to get another 330 in 2002. We only gained 7 flights or so from C3. Apparently their flights we only 40%full at the end... Ts is not going on the domestic market anytime soon. The day C3 closed TS flights between YVR and YYZ were not even full so i wonder where were those standed passengers. WE are not flying the L1011-150 no more unless there is a mechanical and that we need abackup plane. our ontime performance as improved considerably. All my flights this month came back early. We can clearly see a difference with last year. We have almost the number of flights but with smaller planes... so there are still a few FA laid off.

Can wait to see the summer sched. We have signed for the japanese contract again this year with this time 2 flights a week.

best regards

Airtime


User currently offlineMarrrty From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

Airtime,

Are you guys still using the L1011-500 YYZ to FLL? If so, how much longer do you plan on keeping them in service?

Cheers,

Marrrty


User currently offlineA380 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

I had been on a TS B734 in Dec 1997 (rented from VEX), they supplied a very stylish set of plastic utensils which did not look cheap at all, do they still have the same kind of utensils now?

User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2131 times:

Islander, as Yyz717 said, the incident in France regards an L1011 which flew into a hail storm, and was damaged, and never repaired. I have pictures of that, and it wasn't pretty!

Airtime, I'm really glad to see TS is doing well. I did see the improvements in their service for sure. I also understand that they are adding new leather seats for the Club Transat section, which should look very nice when completed.

I applied at Air Transat at the same time I applied at Royal as a flight attendant, but their I assume I didn't get hired because I am not fluent in French. May that be the case?

Anyways, good luck to Air Transat!



"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 offlineVinovalentino From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

What I love about TS is the fact that three of their AC are powered by RR engines....(L1011, 757, A330)

Out of interest... What engines are the 310s powered by?

I just love the 757s (are they staying with TS?)..





User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16245 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

The A310's are GE. There are no RR A310's.

The 752 fleet was steady at 5 for several years. One was returned to the lessor last year so now they have only 4 left. Not sure what their 752 plans are.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Air Transat must have good managment because look at the bad publicity they had BEFORE Sept.11 and they just keep on truckin'

I do miss seeing their 757's and L-1011's and A330's here at YYC. Haven't seen them since before Sept. 11th. My sis flew TS to Cuba a couple years ago and she said it was great, I asked what kind of plane she was on and she can't remember  Angry

Regards,
Kris



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User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

The reason that TS is still in business is that the L1011's are all paid for and they always have been...(correct me if I am wrong) It is easy to save money as a company when you aircraft are mostly gravy flights!!!

Plus Transat corporation is pretty big and backs TS I guess,

Long live Canadian Aviation!!

Grant



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User currently offlineQuebecair727 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

Air Transat is part of Transat A.T. holding which is indeed quite strong. They do not depend on anybody to fill their aircrafts.

I too heard pretty bad things about TS. I took TS few time, including my latest trip between YMX and PVR last July in a 757, and each time was a very pleasent experience.

I hope TS will be there for a long time.


User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

What happened to the 330 that ran out of fuel? What have they done with it?


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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

C-GITS (the A332 involved in the Azores emergency landing) has returned to Canada about 3 weeks ago, and has already re-entered service with TS.

LY744.



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User currently offlineInbound From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2001, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2055 times:

TS is still running the L10 down to Trinidad actually.
Mostly taking up the slack for C3 passengers out of YYZ.

I heard from an inside TS source that they ran the L10 on two engines on a flight recently.



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User currently offlineAirtime From Canada, joined Jun 1999, 86 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2021 times:

Hey! Well since i do hiring for TS maybe the fact that you are not fluent in french could have been a reason for not being hired. But we have many FA who don't speak french but they speak either German, Spanish, Greek, Dutch etc. Last year we also hired unilangual people since we were looking for so many people. Hope this help. Stay tuned as we ma be hiring again this spring...


cheers

Airtime


User currently offlineGmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2007 times:

Inbound,

I'm not surprised to hear that they were flying on two engines....which one went out? #2? If so that wouldn't be as bad i guess as 1 or 3?

Thanks for the update,

Grant



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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1997 times:

Hi Airtime, thank you for your response. I just got the feeling that I did not get hired because I am not fluent in French. I think that if I were fluent in French, plus my fluency in Portuguese, I would have had a chance at getting hired. I understand that TS wasn't looking for any Portuguese F/A's at the time.

If I do decide on going back as a flight attendant, I will keep my doors open with Air Transat once more  Smile

Thanks for the info.



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
25 Post contains images Inbound : Gmonney, I got that news about the L10 running on two engines a week before posting that here, so I forgot if it was engine # 1 or 3. but I know it wa
26 BWIA330 : Hey, Just got to say that TS covered for my Canada 3000 flight back to Toronto on November 20th 2001 from Trinidad. The flight was onboard the L-1011-
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