Air Transat Airbus A330 200 345pax seat review by Saqueib #31459

2016-08-08
2 of 5
Seat E
From Richmond - Vancouver Intl (YVR)
To Amsterdam - Amsterdam-Schiphol (AMS)
Detailed ratings
Legroom 1 of 5
Seat width 1 of 5
Seat recline 3 of 5
Entertainment 3 of 5
Food & drink 3 of 5
Service 2 of 5
We paid 1100 CAD pp RT to travel last week of July 2016 to Amsterdam. Around this time, the next lowest cost option for a direct flight was about 1400 CAD pp RT.

Flight departing from YVR left on time but the flight departing from AMS was delayed by 40 minutes (pilot announced that the delay was because of busy airport). Baggage was received in time in both flights.

Seat width is very narrow. We considered paying for the better seats but there is no point. Emergency seats have slightly more legroom BUT the food tray and entertainment screen are tucked inside the arm rest and underneath the seat respectively. This makes getting in and out of the seat a challenge. Do expect the seats to be worn down or have rips. Since there is no wiggle room, sleeping is not easy at all.

Decent selection of movies and other options.
if passengers ahead of you recline then your knee will hit the seat.
Planes have mood lighting which was softer for the eyes.
Flight attendants can be rude to you or grumpy. Not sure how much training they go through to answer your questions and attend you in the politest way possible.

Food is average - a small sandwich is served which doesn't fill your appetite for a 9-10 hours flight. About 1.5 hours prior to landing, a small snack (pizza slide in both of our flights) with drinks was served. So we def. recommend purchasing a hot meal from the airport for the flight.

Conclusion: it's not a bad flight for the price but if you can pick another airline then don't fly air transat. however, you will be surprised that 70-80% of the plane is filled. they are definitely hitting the sweet spot in price. Also, if your body is wider than average, you might need to request for their widest seat or consider another airline.
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