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The first North Star landed at Winnipeg on September 14th, 1946 from Montreal to Santa Monica, California.

(source The Montreal Gazette Sept 14th, 1946).


tmb between ourselves emblemLocated in the "Between Ourselves" magazine issue dated July 1981.

Members of the Centralized Rating Unit and personnel involved in the implementation of the system are shown in this photo.

tmb centralized ratersSeated from the left: Specialist Lisette Schweiger; Willie Druin, Supervisor; Robert Viau, Manager Cargo Services; Ray Dicaire, Manager, Centralized Rating Unit; Jean Forget, Supervisor and Mavis Kruhelnisky, Specialist.

Standing from the left: Specialists; Lutfur Osman, Charles Manuel, Ed Bownes, Manager, Cargo Training Program Development; Barry Woidla, Frank De Vincenzo, Michel Seinet, Marian Terlecki, Denis Perrier, Pierre Riel, Steve McMahon, Marc Larent, Joseph Wojtczak, Urs Wiesendanger, Michel Auger (Acting), Stan Moskoske, Daniel Blanchette, Gaetan Lavoie, Phil Mayoh and Denise Belec. 

The unit was formed in January 1980. The company became the first major airline to tackle the serious industry problem of cargo rating errors.


From the "New Horizons" magazine issue dated September 2004. (Used with permission)

tmb bagage tagsTwo of the items to be introduced during the fall of 2004 to energize the Hospitality class; one of the innovations includes baggage tags which will be handed out to overseas passengers at the end of a flight. They had been designed by Air Canada Multimedia. 

tmb postcard menusAnother innovation is the postcard menus. The left portion separates from the menu and becomes a postcard. These are two of the eight postcards designed in-house.


Customer Service Agents at Frankfurt are pictured here in 2004.

tmb fra staff 2004From the left: Silvia Rosa Dos Santos Daude, Ilsa Berger, Michal Nadjar and Dors Kohler.


From the TCA "In Flight" magazine Vol 5, No 3 issued 1962.

Born on April 10th, 1937, the new airline, a Crown Corporation was incorporated. Originally it was proposed that both public and private capital be invested to create a national air carrier, but the Canadian Pacific Railway, which was invited to share in the enterprise, withdrew and left the Canadian Government to go it alone. TCA was thus created as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the government-owned Canadian National Railway, with an authorized capital of $5,000,000.

tmb cf asf first aircraftTCA began business with a very modest fleet, two 10-passenger Lockheed 10A Electras (CF-BAF, CF-TCA and CF-TCB) and a single-engine Stearman biplane (CF-ASF), obtained by buying out Canadian Airways Limited. Actual service began on September 1st, 1937 when one of TCA's Lockheeds flew from Seattle airport to Vancouver. TCA inaugurated AirExpress flights between Winnipeg and Vancouver on September 19th, 1938.

On April 1st, 1939, TCA began carrying passengers Vancouver to Montreal, with intermediate stops, using the Lockheed 14H's or "Super Electras". At Stevenson Field, Winnipeg the first TCA stewardess training took place. TCA's first aircraft, a single-seater Stearman, acquired in 1937. 

tmb cf tca electraThe twin-engine Lockheed 10A 'Electra", one of five used on TCA's first air route, between Vancouver and Seattle 1937.

tmb cf cmw lancastrianConverted Lancaster Bombers, renamed Lancastrians, were used by TCA, 1943-46,  to fly VIP's and war effort equipment to the U.K..

tmb cf ter dc 3Following World War II, TCA put a fleet of 30 twin-engine, 21-passenger Douglas DC-3's.

tmb bristol freighterOne of three Bristol Freighters which TCA put into service in 1953 to provide all cargo flights in Canada.

tmb cf tfb north starWork-horse of the TCA fleet for 14 years was the North Star, a Canadian-designed aircraft which went into service in 1947.

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