In NetLetter nr 1350, we had an exchange of e-mails regarding the introduction of B737 into Canada. Mike Stambois provided some information, and the NetLetter responded, in part, with:
We checked www.Planespotters.net which shows CF-CBP as being the first B737 delivered to CP Air on October 21, 1968. Nordair took delivery of CF-NAB on October 28, 1968. Can anyone confirm which aircraft actually saw service carrying passengers first? (Note: CF-NAB was merged into the CP Air fleet on January 2, 1987)
Walter Howson has sent us this information -
I am happy to add my contribution to this topic which I can do from personal experience and from my Flight Logs which record every commercial flight I have ever taken. These are formatted in Excel Spreadsheets with the data in this order-Aircraft type/Registration/Flight Number and date/Routing/mileage/comments.
On November 21st, 1968 I left YVR (Vancouver) to start my posting to YXY (Whitehorse) as an Agent, This was on-board CF-CPC (702) which left YVR at 18:20. Routing-Vancouver-Prince George-Ft. St. John-Fort Nelson-Watson Lake-Whitehorse.
To the best of my knowledge, earlier in the day CF-CPB (701) has left on CP15 routed Vancouver-Prince George-Ft. St. John-Edmonton, returning as CP16, in reverse. The northbound CP21 and the Southbound CP16 met in Ft. St. John, where passengers from Edmonton and Grande Prairie could connect to the Yukon.
Here are some details drawn from memory and my flight log. The Pilots were Captain V.McCarville and the First Officer Lorne McGibbon. For some time after introduction, Flight Engineers were part of the crew complement, presumably to supervise fueling and to deal with any en-route snags. That evening the role was filled by Caspar Golhof.