Personal Memories
Vesta Stevenson
I found this picture of me taken at Toronto Island airport and just noticed that I'm standing in front of an "Central Airways' Cessna and this must be way back in 1950-2 era and I started working for T.C.A.in 1953. this of course is for the NetLetter bio of Central airways.if we ever do one.

It was my brother in law, (RAF Squadron leader in WWII) who may have been one of their pilots, I don't remember, that took me for a flight over downtown Toronto for my very first flight in the air.
Vesta by Cessna
Air Canada News
Air Canada
New daily non-stop service announced between Vancouver and Sacramento.
The departure on Friday June 15th., of Air Canada flight AC8404 marked the launch of the only daily, non-stop service between Vancouver and Sacramento. Air Canada Jazz now operates double daily flights to California's capital city with 50-seat Bombardier aircraft
Our 70 Years

TCA Emblem
Nov 4th 1946, T.C.A. carried their first one millionth passenger. Mrs L.D.Nelles of Vancouver bound for her home boarded at Toronto and was considered the lucky person.

Mrs Nelles was presented with a wrist watch, suitably inscribed, by Reg Campbell, Traffic Manager of the Central Region, together with stewardess Anita Germaine.

At a stop over in Winnipeg, she was photographed with the crew of the aircraft, Capt. Moe Griffiths, F/O D.F.McCabe and stewardess Gloria Hercus..
In October 1946, Joe Sky, Station Manager at Regina invited all amateur Radio Operatos to form a club

More happenings in 1946 extracted from "Between Ourselves January 1947 -
  • On September 14th., 1946 the new terminal building at Gander was officially opened. On hand representing TCA were Capt. TFK Edmison and Capt. Bob Smith together with Stewardess Eleanor Hyland.
  • CF-TEKOn November 19th 1946, our first North Star, CF-TEK, was delivered when R.J.Baker, TCA Engineering & Research test pilot arrived at Dorval airport having accepted the aircraft at Canadair's Cartierville plant.
  • On December 2nd., 1946, TCA's 1,000th Atlantic crossing took place on behalf of CGTAS. The Lancaster departed Dorval enroute for London, England. The crew conststed of Capt. J.G.Hames,
    F/O M.McInnis, Radio officer Frank Brusafore, Navigator G. Dtringer and Purser/steward J. Champagne.

    A complete reorganization of the Atlantic service is taking place and CGTAS will be disolved to make way for a subsiduary of TCA named Trans-Canada Atlantic Limited. Assumed by subsiduary TCA(Atlantic)Ltd on April 3rd 1947.
  • April 1st 1947 service Halifax-Boston via Yarmouth/St.John's service began.
  • April 15th 1947 North Star service to LHR via Prestwick commenced at 4 per week climbing to 10 per week with Shannon added rto the route by years end.
  • 1st July 1947 Medicine Hat, Swift Current and Saskatoon enter route network.
  • October 1st 1946 first North Star model DC-4MS, CF-TFA received.
  • 1948 - The name "Air Canada" first appeared as French alternative to T.C.A.
    - Vancouver-Calgary and YUL-YYZ-BDA service with North Star commencde May 1st.
    - Brandon and Yorktown added to the network on June 1st.
    December 1st saw more Caribbean cities added to the network.

Alan MacLeod sends us this - at Moncton during March, 1949. The aircraft is a Lockheed 1808, CF-TCO. TCA didn't normally fly the Ice Patrol during the Spring break up in the Gulf (Maritime Central Airways normally contracted this work), however this particular trip was flown by TCA. Possibly due to MCA having a mechanical or other problem.

CF-TCO on ice patrol

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From Left to right
. A Mr. Brown. He was from D.O.T. Marine Division and along to track and chart the ice. First Officer was Peter Hamilton. Peter was the Capt. on the DC8 accident in Toronto years ago. Stewardess is Maxine Bredt, who later married Capt. Bill Bredt. She is living in Hudson, Quebec. Capt was Joe White. Joe recently passed away in May. The flight lasted four to five hours and covered the Gulf of St Lawrence. Maxine reports it was a beautiful sunny day. Phil Pawsey was the flight dispatcher that day based in Moncton
A bit of history from 1949.
Alan MacLeod This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Slots at airports are very valuable commodities. At LHR, should an airline have not used their allotted slot for 80% of the time the slot will be forfeited. The estimated value of a slot is anywhere between gpb10 million and gbp20 million each. British Airways, to protect one of their slots not being utilized for a regular flight to Kashtent, uses the slot for a "ghost" flight operated by a daily Airbus A320 to Cardiff and does not carry any passengers. Although the cost of the flight is gbp2,500 plus crew salaries, handling charges, taxes and maintenance, it is considered to be cost effective.than losing the slot.

Lat Charter, a Baltic company, has aquired a mix of aircraft from Air Canada for lease placement with thiid parties. (2) Airbis B320-200's placed with Israir of Tel Aviv and (2) Boeing B767-300ER which will be operated on behalf of Virgin Nigeria later this year.

Those of you who have travelled to LHR are no doubt aware of the model Concorde situated outside the tunnel entrance to the terminals. This model has now been removed, as the aircraft it depicts has ceased flying, and moved to Brooklands Museum at Weybridge, Surrey. Emirates Airline has now purchased the site, and is expected to fill it with a model of the Airbus A380 in their colours.
Terry's Travel Tips

Terry Baker

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Check the web site at www.travelodge.co.uk
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