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Flight attendants with CUPE’s Air Transat component have voted 88 per cent to accept their new contract.

The new collective agreement promises a 16.5 per cent wage increase over its five-year term. Per diems will also go up and the employer has agreed to cover 100 per cent of the cost of employee uniforms.

And for the first time in the history of the Canadian airline industry, flight attendants will receive a bonus for working over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

The union also achieved satisfactory language on issues such as layoffs and rest time between flights.

CUPE represents 1,050 Air Transat flight attendants based in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.