A look at C-GPTS, an Airbus A330-243 belonging to Air Transat. The images below were taken on September 25, 2016 at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Mississauga, Ontario. For full size images, click on the smaller images below (then click the next image one more time). For more details, see below.
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This Airbus A330-243 belongs to Air Transat. It’s first flight took place in 2002 and since has been in service for Air Transat, Star Airlines and XL Airways France. The airliner is currently configured with 12 Club Class seats and 333 more seats in Economy Class for a potential total of 345 passengers.
A safe airplane, this A330 has been involved in just one minor incident. Shortly after takeoff from Montreal, Quebec on January 8, 2015, heading to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, a smoke detector went off. The plane returned safely to YUL 15 minutes later. There was no smoke and it was determined there was a faulty detector control unit which was replaced.
This is a shorter, longer range version of the original A330. The first Airbus A330-200 entered service in 1998. The original A330 came around six years earlier in 1992. To date, there have been nearly 1,300 A330s built (number includes all versions).
The plane pictured above is 189 feet or 59 metres in length. At the tail, it stands 57 feet or 17 metres high. The maximum range is 9,600 km.
Traveling to over 80 destinations worldwide, Air Transat commenced operations in 1987. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, the airline’s fleet fluctuates seasonally from 26 to 36 airliners. The fleet includes Boeing 737-700 and 737-800, along with Airbus A310-300, A330-200 and A330-300. Seasonal lease partners include Transavia France.
The airline does mostly charter flights to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central American during the winter months and Europe in the summer. Although flights alone can be bought from Air Transat, most are part of package deals that include accommodations.