Monday, 11 April 2016

Happy Birthday Air Canada

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AIR CANADA ERJ 190 C-FHKP (CN 190000055)  
(File Photo Vancouver )

Air Canada's predecessor, Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA), was established on 11 April 1936.
Using $5 million in Crown seed money, two Lockheed Model 10 Electra's and one Boeing Stearman biplane were purchased from Canadian Airways and experienced airline executives from United Airlines and American Airlines were brought in.
Passenger flights began on 1 September 1937, with an Electra carrying two passengers and mail from Vancouver to Seattle, a $14.20 round trip, and, on 1 July 1938, TCA hired their first flight attendants. Transcontinental routes from Montreal to Vancouver began on  the 1st April 1939, using 12 Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra's and six Lockheed Model 18 Lodestars. By January 1940, the airline had grown to about 500 employees. By 1964, TCA had grown to become Canada's national airline and, in 1964, Jean Chrétie submitted a private member's bill to change the name of the airline from Trans-Canada Airlines to Air Canada, which TCA had long used as its French-language name. This bill failed but it was later resubmitted and passed, with the name change taking effect on 1 January 1965.
Fast forward to today and Air Canada, with their Headquarters in Montreal, Quebec Canada has over 29,000 employees and a fleet of Airbus A330, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, Boeing 787 wide-body jetliners on long-haul routes and uses the Airbus A319, A320, and A321 variations, and Embraer E190 family aircraft on short-haul routes. The carrier's operating divisions include Air Canada Cargo, Air Canada Express and Air Canada rouge.
Air Canada will begin direct flights from Brisbane to Vancouver on the 1st June this year using Boeing 787-8 aircraft which I am really looking forward too.

Air Canada Fleet
AircraftIn ServiceOrdersPassengerNotes
Airbus A319-10018141061203 aircraft operate as Air Canada Jetz.
Airbus A320-2004314132146
Airbus A321-2001514169183
Airbus A330-300837228265To be fitted with Premium Economy Class.
Boeing 737 MAX 833TBA18 options, 30 purchase rights.
EIS: 2017
Boeing 737 MAX 928TBA
Boeing 767-300ER17241872112 aircraft to exit in 2016, and 5 in 2017. Replacement: Boeing 787-9
Boeing 777-200LR644024236300
242228270All aircraft to be reconfigured to 300 seats.
Boeing 777-300ER1722824398450
442307349All aircraft to be reconfigured to 400 seats.
53624398458All aircraft to be reconfigured to 450 seats.
Boeing 787-882021210251
Boeing 787-98213021247298Deliveries until 2019. Replacing Boeing 767-300ER
Bombardier CS30045TBA30 options. Replacing Embraer 190
EIS: late 2019
Embraer 1902898897Replacement: Bombardier CS300

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