|Air Transat sees "very good" booking numbers for Toronto - Zagreb service|
Air Transat is gearing up to launch seasonal flights between Toronto and Zagreb on June 14, with the Canadian carrier satisfied with its sales on the route so far. While the service is primarily targeted at Canadian holidaymakers, Debbie Cabana, Air Transat's Marketing Director, tells EX-YU Aviation News that the flights have generated significant interest from the Croatian diaspora. "There is a high level of interest and booking numbers are very good. There is a big Croatian community in Toronto and we can feel the interest from Croatian travellers from both sides (Europe and Canada)", Ms Cabana says. Air Transat is Canada’s leading leisure airline and will operate flights to the Croatian capital with a 345-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft, once per week, until October 4.
Despite strong sales, Air Transat has no plans to extend the service past the summer season. "Based on our seasonality and aircraft availability, this is not in our short term plans", Ms Cabana notes . Dan Prior, Air Transat’s Sales Manager for Ontario and Atlantic Canada, recently noted, “Our expertise in European travel has once again led us to develop new markets: we’re building on the success of our Prague and Budapest routes by introducing Croatia to our customers this year. We’ve seen [Croatia] as an up-and-coming destination over the past five years”. Nicole Bursey, Air Transat's Commercial Director, added, “For Europe, Croatia has value. It still has a lot of well-priced, quality accommodation and it’s beautiful". The service has been scheduled so as to offer connector flights to and from Montreal as well.
|Economy class cabin on Air Transat's A330-200|
Air Transat faces no direct competition on the route. Last year, Star Alliance partners Croatia Airlines and Air Canada expanded their codeshare partnership. The Croatian carrier placed its flight numbers and designator code onto a handful of Air Canada services including those from Toronto to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London Heathrow, Paris and Zurich; from Montreal to Brussels, London Heathrow and Paris, as well as from Calgary, Halifax and Vancouver to London (and vice versa). In return, Air Canada placed its “AC” designator code and flight numbers onto Croatia Airlines’ services from Zagreb to Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, London Heathrow, Paris and Zurich. Furthermore, Air Canada codes appear on the Croatian carrier’s flights from Dubrovnik to Paris and Rome and from Split to London, Paris, Rome and Zurich. Air Transat's A330-200 jet, which will be used on services to Zagreb, features a two cabin layout, with twelve seats in business class (Club Class) and a further 333 in economy featuring personal entertainment systems with a selection of movies, TV programs and music, as well as in-built USB ports.