A living legend, there were only 255 of any version of Airbus A310 manufactured and the last rolled off the line in 1998. C-GTSY is one of nine Airbus A310-300 in the Air Transat fleet. However, these are slated for retirement in 2019 when they will be replaced by ten Airbus A321neoLR aircraft. This particular model goes back to 1988 when it started service with the long gone Wardair. It’s next airline, Canadian Airlines, has long ceased operations, as well.
We photographed C-GTSY on July 2, 2017 while aircraft spotting at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). For full-size, high resolution versions of any of the photos in the image gallery, simply click on the individual pictures. See below for more detailed information on C-GTSY, the Airbus A310-300 model in general and the airline.
C-GTSY Air Transat Airbus A310-300 Image Gallery
C-GTSY took its first flight way back on January 20, 1988 and was delivered to Wardair on March 20, 1988 as C-GCWD. Wardair was founded in 1952 and ceased operations in 1989 when acquired by Canadian Airlines. The airline was headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Airbus A310-300 was then transferred to the fleet of Canadian Airlines on January 15, 1990 but was gone a year and a half later when it was delivered to Kuwait Airways on August 21, 1991 as A6-KUA. That airline was founded in 1953 as Kuwait National Airways and is headquartered in Al Farwaniyah Governate, Kuwait, and currently has a fleet of 35 aircraft flying to 34 destinations.
On September 3, 1993, the airplane was delivered to Middle East Airlines (MEA) on September 3, 1993 as D-APOL (then F-OHLH). MEA was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon. The member of the SkyTeam Alliance now has a fleet of 18 aircraft, flying to 32 destinations.
Air India was the Airbus A310’s next airline, joining their fleet on August 19, 2001 as VT-EVG. Air India was founded in 1932 as TATA Airlines and is a member of the Star Alliance. Headquartered in Delhi, India, the airline has a fleet of 116 aircraft flying to 89 destinations.
Finally, the Airbus A310-300 became C-GTSY, transferred to Air Transat on November 9, 2004. Currently, the airliner is configured for a maximum total of 250 passengers with 12 seats in business class and 238 more in economy class.
As mentioned, this is one of nine Airbus A310-300 models in the Air Transat fleet, all with a storied history. There were just 255 Airbus A310 aircraft of any variation built and the last was in 1998. Air Transat will replace theirs, starting in 2019, with ten Airbus A321neoLR airplanes. These models are proposed to carry about 50 less passengers that the A310.
The first Airbus A310 was introduced with Swissair in 1983 and the first Airbus A310-300 became active in 1986, also with Swissair. The airplane is 47 metres or 153 feet in length with a wingspan of 44 metres or 144 feet. At the tail, the aircraft stands 16 metres or 52 feet in height. The flight range for this model is 8,300 kilometres.
Air Transat commenced operations in 1987 and now flies to more than 60 destinations in 30 countries. The fleet fluctuates seasonally above or below 30 aircraft. The airline is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and is based at Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), along with Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).