Air Transat goes long with A321 LR

tmb air transat a321lrCanadian carrier Air Transat has operated an initial flight with an Airbus A321LR from Toronto to London Gatwick. The aircraft landed at the UK airport on October 8, 2019 and will be regularly deployed on the 3,100nm (5,750km) route from November, Air Transat says.

Additionally, the carrier intended to operate the aircraft to Glasgow on October 21, 2019. The airline received its first of 15 A321LR's in May and has meanwhile introduced a second of the type. The narrow bodies will replace a fleet of A310s, of which it has six in service today. The A321LR's are configured with 187 economy and 12 premium-class seats. 

(Source: Flight International magazine issue October 16 - 21, 2019)

British Columbia’s airlines - Victoria Flying Service.

Bill Sylvester, who in 1959 had established Victoria Flying Service (VFS), flying wheeled craft out of Victoria International Airport, made application to Victoria’s Public Works Committee to re-establish commercial seaplane service in Victoria’s Inner Harbour in 1966 after a 35 year absence. In 1968 Sylvester acquired a license for passenger service between Victoria and Vancouver with stops in the Gulf Islands.

By 1969 VFS was flying three round-trips daily. With the harbour re-opened to seaplane traffic, other airlines, including Norm Gold’s Airwest Airlines, began to compete. Initially the De Havilland Beaver was the floatplane of choice on the route, though as demand grew the splendid Twin Otter became the aircraft of choice.

(Source: www.victoriaharbourhistory.com)

New airline formed.

Regent Holidays, one of Canada's largest independent tour operators, announced that it is forming a subsidiary airline, Regent Air, to carry customers to their vacation destinations.

The announcement highlighted the unsettled state of the tour industry in Canada, where the lack of charter planes is forcing more tour companies to consider establishing private airline arrangements.

Earlier this year two other companies, Conquest Tours and Carousel Travel banded together to start Vacation Air in 1988 but discontinued during 1990. 

Regent Air, which was expected to begin operating by November 1987, will use two DC-10 jets configured to carry 320 to 340 passengers between Toronto and the tour operator's Caribbean and European destinations.

(Source: AC "Horizons" magazine issue September 1987)

(Note: We were unable to locate any information regarding Regent Air - eds)

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Moose Jaw Flying Club

The Moose Jaw Flying Club was founded and incorporated in 1928 by Howard Ingram, A. W. Macpherson and Richard W. (Dick) Ryan. The first president of the organization was T. J. Emerson K.C. The Government of Canada gave the club two D. H. Moth planes in 1928 as well as a grant of one hundred dollars per qualified student, who was physically fit and of British descent.

It operates out of the Moose Jaw Municipal airport.


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