Air Transat Club Class Review A330 & A310
Comfort, extra legroom, delicious food and a splash of glam are all ingredients that make up Air Transat's Club Class service to Europe. Mix in Canadian hospitality and economical pricing – and you get the perfect cocktail to jet across the Atlantic in style.
Club Class is Air Transat's premium economy. If you've never heard of this carrier - they're Canada's leading charter airline: flying to about 30 countries.
I had the pleasure of testing their Club Class recently on a trip to Portugal. I flew their A310 to Europe, and their A330 on the way back. Transat's Club seats and service were identical on both pieces of equipment, so I have grouped the reviews together.
At the Airport - Club Class
Check-in was speedy and efficient at the dedicated Club Class counters in Toronto.
Club Class did not include access to expedited security lines or lounges. That's ok as the ticket is so affordable! I allowed some extra time to get through security - and once I was on the other side I enjoyed a great glass of chardonnay at the futuristic Apropos Bar in Terminal 1.
Club Class Seats
The glam was amped up the minute I set foot on Air Transat's A310.
I loved the Club Class seats: wide, leather, plush, and super comfortable – almost like sitting in a Cadillac. As for personal space: decent recline and room between rows.
In truth, they're what many airlines had for business class before lie-flat seats came in- so it was a retro-lux way to cross the Atlantic!
When I sat down, I was greeted with a chair full of amenities: a water bottle, blanket, headphones, toiletries, and even slippers (for a six hour flight!). I was more than happy with that as it exceeds what most US airlines dole out in business class.
Dining at 35,000 feet in a premium cabin can be a real treat!
Air Transat had an option of two entrees in both directions – which included a salad, dessert and even cheeses. The airline is based in French Canada, so maybe the cheese plate was a nod to their continental heritage.
The food was great: fresh and tasty! Everything was plated on china and served at once. Normally I like a drawn out meal service, but presenting all the courses together was perfect: the flight to Porto was only about 6 hours and everyone wanted to have time to sleep.
On the overnight fight – they offered a delicious full breakfast (including eggs) 45 minutes before arrival. On the way back: a hot snack prior to landing.
Air Transat carted out a full compliment of beverages in Club Class, including after dinner liqueurs. I was really impressed with the variety and options available.
Everything was served in proper glassware. (I point this out as, incredibly, Air Canada's Rouge-Premium only serves the first drink in glass and all subsequent rounds in plastic!).
The flight attendants made sure they kept the wine topped up - and that everyone was hydrated throughout the flight.
I would definitely fly Club Class on Air Transat in the future – for the extra space and seats alone! The icing on the cake was their great food, libations and service.
I was really impressed. It’s not business class – but its miles ahead of regular, drab economy.
A fab way to jetset to Porto, Portugal.