1956 Quebecair timetable effective April 29th. (Bjorn Larsson collection)
The aircraft in operation at the time were the Beech 18, the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver and the Douglas DC-3. Operations were mainly based in Quebec and Montreal was added in 1957.
Eventually the latter city became the operating base for Quebecair. During the 1960s, the company took over various other airlines, namely Matane Air Service and Northern Wings in 1965, Fecteau Air Service in 1968, and Royale Air in 1969. The increase in operations brought the introduction of the first jet aircraft, the British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven, which were put into use in 1969.
| The forgotten Trethewey Air Field.
Opened sometime before 1910, an airfield was created from three farms by engineer William G. Trethewey (1865–1926). The airfield was located near present-day Hearst Circle and the Wishbone on a 600 acres (2.4 km2) site in York Township (just outside Weston, Ontario).
The grassy airfield was later used by French aviator Count Jacques Benjamin de Lesseps (1883–1927) and later renamed after him. The property remained in the hands of the Trethewey family after the death of Trethewey, but in 1928 Trethewey's son Fred sold it to airline Skyways Limited.
De Havilland Canada established their first home here in 1928 (building a small hangar) to build Gipsy Moth and Tiger Moth aircraft, but left for Downsview in 1929.
There was a Trethewey Airfield Plaque Dedication ceremony on July 15, 2017. The Canadian Aviation Historical Society had a great writeup of the event in their July Newsletter. You can view this newsletter by following this link.
The Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) asked their members to recommend titles of aviation books to celebrate "Canada 150".