Born and raised in Nova Scotia, so to speak, western Canadians especially don’t know much about this airline.

I think it came as a surprise to many when Transat Holidays announced that this would be the airline that would be serving their clients, along with their own, during the 2010/2011 winter season.

For Winnipeg this will be the primary service for Transat.

Thursday evening they invited travel agents and media from Winnipeg and Manitoba to take the tour and experience what their clients would be flying in to those great southern sunspots.

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft which will apparently be the mainstay are excellent and extremely well appointed.

The plane has been configured to a 189 seating capacity and the pitch is comfortable for even the long legged among us.

Seats are a comfortable leather and the service will always include a hot meal on every flight.

A number of the crew are being transferred to Winnipeg for the entire winter season to ensure a consistency of service, although I understand some local personnel will also be hired.

What I really found refreshing was friendliness of the crew, which comes with the Nova Scotian culture, so similar to that of Manitobas.

CanJet is  owned by IMP Group Limited and was selected as  one of Canada’s Top 50 Best Managed Companies. It bills itself as one of Canada’s largest aviation and aerospace companies, which I have no doubt is true.

For those who may have had some initial concerns, I am genuinely impressed with what I saw. More than what I saw I was also impressed by the feeling that between Transat and Canjet there is a very real commitment to success.

Like Transat airlines, a option ‘Select Service’ will be available for seating and a few other benifits aboard.

We are now well into the season and things are starting to fill in nicely for Transat…And I do wish them the best.

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