Air Transat is the airline arm of a tour operator in Canada. They operate their aircraft in a configuration commonly known as “tour” or “charter” configuration, where seat width and pitch are narrower than the standard configuration in order to accommodate more passengers. Standard coach configuration on a wide-bodied Airbus is 8-abreast (in a 2-4-2 arrangement), but Air Transat has their ‘bus in a 9-abreast, 3-3-3 configuration. The benefit of flying on a tour airline is the seats are often inexpensive and incredible deals can be found during low demand periods.
A like-minded airline enthusiast friend came across such a deal on a flight from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale in early December. The fare was $9 plus tax! Without knowing what the future held for the A310 at Air Transat, we pulled the trigger and bought tickets. Thus begins my A310 adventure.
Although the fare was only $9, there was $167 in taxes. I also paid the $15 seat selection fee (didn't want to take chances on getting a bad seat). The grand total was CAD $191, all in.
Air Transat Airbus A310-304
Registration C-GFAT (msn 545, fin number 301)
Built in 1992 for Emirates as A6-EKG. Acquired by Air Transat in 2000.
Flight TS 538, Toronto to Ft. Lauderdale
Scheduled Departure: 7:45 am
Pushback: 7:41 am (4 minutes early)
Takeoff: 7:56 am (YYZ Runway 23)
Cruising Altitude: 38,000 feet
Landed: 10:34 am (FLL Runway 9L)
Scheduled Arrival: 10:55 am
At gate: 10:58 am (3 minutes late – held for open gate)
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