Vesta's Corner
Vesta Stevenson

This weeks postcard from my collection - CHEMAINUS,B.C
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Located on the East Coast of Vancouver Island 'The Little Town That Did' attracts thousands of visitors that enjoy its cozy picturesque storefronts and distinctively fine, hand painted murals.

Air Canada - our first 70 years

  • Aug 1st - Cash bar introduced in North American Hospitality section.
  • Nov 22 - This day marks to last day of flying for the Air Canada B727 fleet, which has been sold to Federal Express after 18 years of service.
    B727 Farewell

George Brien has sent us this information - Hi  Folks.
Excerpts from "Bill Arrowsmith's Scrapbook"

TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES in N.B. in the 1940's Saint John Telegraph Journal Feb 1 1952

Trans-Canada Air lines service was first established in the early days of the Airline in Nov 1 1939, when training flights were began between Montreal and Moncton. This service, carrying mail and express only, connected at Montreal with Toronto and Ottawa.

The carriage of passengers on the Moncton route commenced on Feb 15 1940, and the first aircraft was the Lockheed 14's. To accommodate this equipment at Moncton, hanger construction commenced in the autumn of 1939 and was completed in July of 1940.

On April 15, 1941, Canadian Airways cancelled its service between Moncton , Summerside and Charlottetown. On request of the Postmaster General , TCA temporary operated until Dec 8 when a contract between the post office and MCA became effective.
At the same time TCA extended its service to Halifax and the first flight left the New Brunswick city on April 16th.

Treaty arrangements were completed between the Government of Canada and the Newfoundland Government and service between Moncton Sydney and St. Johns was inaugurated in May 1942 . By November, two daily flights were operating on the route and the Montreal , Moncton, Halifax service had increased to three flights daily.

At the request of Dept of Munitions and Supply, TCA began temporary service between Moncton and Goose Bay on Mar 26, 1943. On July 1, 1944 one Maritime round trip was routed through Blissville NB to bring mainline service closer to Saint John and Fredericton. Simultaneously, daily service was inaugurated between Halifax and Sydney.

The year 1945 saw the TCA schedule multiplied on a scale unequalled since the company's early days. In Eastern Canada, flight between Montreal and Halifax were increased to 4 daily and flights from Halifax to Sydney were increased to 2 each day. With this increase in flight frequency came the decision to establish Moncton as a major aircraft maintenance base.

In 1946, bigger Lockheed 18 equipment was introduced in the Atlantic Seaboard provinces. TCA expanded its network of very high frequency radio stations throughout the Maritimes to establish static free communications with aircraft in flight.

DC-3 equipment was put on the Maritime routes in Feb of 1947 and to Nfld in May of the same year. In April, an international twice daily service was inaugurated between Halifax -Yarmouth-Boston.
Blissville Airport was abandoned on April 15th, when operations were transferred to Pennfield Ridge. A Pennfield stop was then incorporated into the Boston service. 1948 saw the introduction of direct operations between Sydney Moncton and Saint John.

In Sept, 1949, TCA began service to Stephenville Nfld on a daily schedule over the Montreal Moncton Sydney Gander St. Johns route. This was made possible by the recent Canadian-American Air agreement which provides for the use of Stephenville  (USAF base at Harmon  Field) , as a traffic stop in domestic operations.
The Maritime Provinces have been closely associated with the tremendous growth of Transatlantic air travel which began its real development during the second world war. At first military aircraft, seen at many east coast bases, provided the bulk of trans ocean air transport.

TCA commenced overseas operations with Lancaster equipment in July of 1943 at the request of the Canadian Government, to carry high priority passengers and mail for the forces. In 1947, TCA's 4 engine North Star's took their place beside the aircraft of international carriers seen in the Maritimes. Today they provide eastern Canadians with first class service to the United Kingdom through connecting domestic flights.

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TCA/AC People Gallery
Musings from "Horizons" -

Issue dated March 1992
In August 1991 the YUL Power Plant put together a task force to review JT9D engine performance. We have this picture.
JT9D Task Force

In 1991 the UK Reservations group grossed $6.2 in ticket sales.
Here is a photograph of the team.
UK Ticketing

Issue dated November 1992

L.A.X. celebrated a silver anniversary. We have this picture of the ticket counter staff at Terminal 2
LA Staff

Six Edmonton employees add up to 150 years service - here they are;
YEG Staff

The APU staff at Dorval achieved a 100% spare engine availability, an Air Canada first.
Here is a photo of the dedicated crew

APU Staff

Star Alliance News
Star Alliance BMI, London Heathrow's second largest airline, has launched an innovative new paperless boarding system, allowing customers checking in online for bmi flights to have their boarding pass delivered electronically to their mobile phone or PDA (personal digital assistant). BMI is the first British airline to introduce the new paper-free system, which will deliver a two-dimensional barcode boarding pass to mobile phones with picture messaging (MMS) capabilities.
The service is part of BMIs commitment to reducing time spent at the airport and will assist in maintaining its position as one of the UK's most punctual airlines.
Where are they now?
C-FDROAirbus A340-312 C-FDRO c/n 48 now with Aerolineas Argentinas registered as LV-BMT. This picture shows the aircraft at Miami in 2008
Bytes and Pieces

Alan RustDifficult Airports
Below is another PowerPoint Slideshow that was sent to me by a friend. (Thanks Mr. Watson)

If you click on the image below it will take you to a site that will allow you to view the slideshow. Make sure you click on the "Full" button after you are on the website in order to see the full screen mode of the presentation. To see some great photos of very short (and many scenic) landing strips, click on the image below.



Difficult Airports (slideshow)

Difficult Airports
Canadi>n/CPAir/PWA, Wardair, etc. Events & People

  • May 4th
    YOW-LHR B767/DC-10 service inaugurated
    YOW Launch

  • YYZ-BOS service started.
    YYZ- BOS Launch

  • YVR-San Jose service inaugurated.
    San Jose Launch

  • Jun 2nd
    - Reintroduction of the "Dayliner" which is the first of the day to Europe (LHR) from YYZ, departing at 08:15 offered by any carrier. The "Starliner", the last flight of the day out of Europe(LHR) to YYZ. departing at 21:45.
Musings from "CP Air News" donated by Vern Swerdfeger -

Issue dated Mid-April 1985
    • Apr 11th CP Air DC10 was the largest aircraft to land at Whitehorse, a Shrine's charter.
  • 1968  Nov 6th - Introduction of the Boeing B737-200 fin # 701 into CPAir's fleet and it's first revenue sector was Vancouver to San Francisco.
  • 1981 - Inaugural service between Halifax and Amsterdam.
    Service commenced Halifax to Montreal. subsequently operated by EPA
  • 1985 Apr 12th - Delivery of the first Boeing B737-300 fin #751 named "Empress of Ontario" first revenue flight was April 17th Vancouver to Edmonton.

Issue July 1997
Capt. Rosella Bjornson who, in 1990, became the first female Captain with Canadi>n, was inducted into the Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. We have this photograph.

Issue dated February 1998
1989 - Oct 31 - First flight by Canadi>n North to Rankin Inlet by B737 equipment.

Issue dated March 1998 -
Pacific Airways - an ancestor - became operational in YVR in 1925 and was flying to the Orient in 1949.

Language skills are good for business. We have this picture of the Flight Attendants who were screening new Flight Attendants.
Flight Attendants

Issue dated April 1988
Empress lounges were a proud addition to the Canadi>n service. We have this picture.

Issue dated May 1998

LHR was considered the Crossroads of the air traffic world.
Here is a picture of the sales staff for London.
LHR Staff

And the two guys pictured here help maintain the aircraft at LHR.
Readers Feedback
Member FeedbackAll our readers must be on vacation - as we did not hear from any of you!

Found on the Internet
A Boeing B747 dumped at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport since 2002 could soon offer travellers a new option to cheap airport accommodation.

The plan is to rip out the 500 seats and install 80 beds in 25 rooms, all with en-suite facilities including TV. The cockpit would be made into a suite with the two control columns serving as reading lights. The upstairs cabin would become a spacious suite. Hopefully the rooms would be available later this year.
(Knowing how cramped the seating is on a B747, one wonders what size the rooms would be - eds)
Terry's Travel Tips

Terry BakerYour co-pilot recently stayed at the Hilton in Las Vegas. Strange, but probably the same at most of the hotels in Las Vegas. The guests are asked to conserve energy by indicating if one wishes to have their towels and bed linen changed daily. One is encouraged to place soiled towels in the bath if they are to be laundered and replaced, and a card placed on the pillow for the same treatment as the towels.

And this in the "City of Lights"  which never sleeps - and needs vast quantities of energy  to supply the casinos, streets and buildings 24/7.

Also, our flight to Las Vegas - Jazz - had a malfunction of the plumbing system, and no water was available. So, no tea, coffee or water. The bathrooms were supplied with Wet Naps. As there was no water, we can only assume this was a new fuel saving technique.

SmileyTower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!"
Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"

From the "Canadi>n Flyer" issued July 1997
FInal Approach

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