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tmb march 2013Here is the cover of the enRoute magazine issued March 2013.

Source : issuu.com/spafax/docs


Grand piano visits Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

tmb piano at yvrAn Air Canada Cargo agent polishes a Bechstein grand piano after it arrives at Vancouver International Airport on a DC-8 freighter.

This was the piano's first stop in Canada before travelling to 32 communities in British Columbia to be played in concerts organized by Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, a non-profit organization founded in 1949 to give Canada's youth greater access to classical music. 

(Source: enRoute March 2013 edition - page 122 - used with permission)


tmb tca new york torontoHere are some adverts from the 1940's from www.vintageadbrowser.com -

Left, TCA inaugurates North Star New York to Toronto.

Trans-Canada Air Lines
Canadian Rockies -
Canada’s great wide west –
for a Vacation Above Everything.
Fly TCA home to
Canada for Christmas.
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Return to International travel Montreal - Geneva.

Posted on Facebook by Luc Mayne on July 4, 2020.

This morning at 8 a.m. we were looking forward to it  To celebrate the resumption of long-haul flights, nothing less than a magnificent B-787 Dreamliner that arrived from Canada.

Since this flight was never operated with this plane, Genève Aéroport's firefighters (SSLIA) took out two large fire trucks for the traditional "Water salute".

There will be 3 flights per week to Montreal until July 20. Starting in August, it will be every day.

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Fresh air.

Oxygen is scarce above 10,000 feet, yet we take for granted that as the plane slices through the stratosphere at 35,000 feet, we’re on the inside, breathing easy. That’s all thanks to cabin pressurization, first introduced in 1939 with the Boeing Stratoliner. This invention revolutionized air travel, allowing aircraft to fly higher in low-friction atmosphere while maintaining cabin air pressure and oxygen levels equivalent to those at 8,000 feet.

Modern aircraft are equipped with ventilation systems so efficient you hardly notice they are there. Air flows constantly into the cabin via ceiling ducts and back out through vents near the floor. It is refreshed every few minutes, more often than in your home or office.

The cabins of Air Canada’s mainline fleet use a mix of outside air – drawn in and compressed to maintain cabin pressure – and purified cabin air that passes through high-efficiency particulate air (or HEPA) filters. This fresh-filtered combo makes it easier to regulate cabin temperature, maintain some humidity and ensure that the total air supply is sterile and particle-free. In fact, it is cleaner than in many other indoor spaces.

So, that little nozzle above your head: It’s a breath of fresh air. The extremely close-knit fibres in HEPA filters remove at least 99.9 percent of particles, including microscopic viruses and bacteria. The filters on all Air Canada mainline aircraft are similar to those in operating rooms and high-tech factories.

Multiple studies, including one by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency in 2017, found that air quality in aircraft cabins is similar or better than what is observed in normal indoor environments on the ground.

Before the advent of pressurized cabins, flight attendants were registered nurses who could care for passengers made sick by turbulence or the effects of altitude.

(Source: enroute.aircanada.com/en/article/airplane-ventilation)


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From the "Horizons" magazine 

Issue dated May 1992.

A Viennese treat.

tmb vienna staffAn old Viennese pub was the scene for a party held in honour of Senior Customer Sales & Service Agent Ingeborg Stingl, who retired after 17 years of service.

She is pictured here with her colleagues, back row. left to right: Hans Sittler, Personnel Manager, France and Central Europe; Klaus Jagschitz, Passenger Agent; Christian Lenz, Airport Services Manager; Monika Weissmann, Cargo Agent.

Middle row, left to right: Henry Mazuruk, Sales Agent, Warsaw; Ingeborg Stingl; Angelika Hammer-Schloesser, Manager, Austria and Southeast Europe; (sitting) Nora Castrini, Passenger Reservations Agent.


In appreciation.

Air Canada staff in Bermuda were presented with an award of appreciation for their support and assistance by the Canadian Armed Forces Base in Bermuda.

This presentation signifies the strong relationship that continues to grow between the organizations.

Our colleagues in Bermuda are, from left to right: Customer Service Agent Polly Peters; Rita Johnson, Senior Customer Service Agent; Felicia Pike, Customer Service Agent; Ian Davis, Manager, Bermuda; Major Syd Helmkay, Canadian Armed Forces Liaison Officer, who presented the award; Lucy Fox, Customer Service Agent; Marc Rosenberg, General Manager, Passenger Sales, U.S. and South; Janet De Silva, Customer Service Agent and Noel Rodriguez, Maintenance Representative - Canada.

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Jumbo feat The Gladiator uses plane strength to pull B-747.

A British professional strongman has rewritten the record books.

tmb strongman dave gauderStrongman Dave Gauder, better known as "the Gladiator" in England, achieved the unthinkable on May 19, 1992 - he pulled an Air Canada 747-400 jet 7.5 centimetres at London's Heathrow (LHR) Airport. The giant aircraft including fuel on board, weighed in at 200 tonnes. And it was all for a good cause.

The event helped raise thousands of pounds (sterling) for the British Red Cross. The mega-muscle feat also landed the 235-pound Birmingham man a spot in the Guinness Book Of World Records.

Earlier this year, Gauder, who holds 10 world records for pulling other modes of transportation such as a Concorde, a B-52 bomber and a Japanese bullet train, volunteered for the event and the
Red Cross appealed to airlines for the use of an aircraft.

London-based Aircraft Services Supervisor Malcolm Wadman and Load Agent Dave Gunderson read about the appeal in the local airport newspaper, and approached Air Canada.

Wearing a harness attached to the front area, Gauder was given assistance by Air Canada Mechanics Alan Washington and Alan Quartermaine, who made a special bracket to ensure the harness was property secured.

Red Cross staff manned a special donation telephone line to collect money pledged by Britons intrigued by this strenuous and unusual achievement, and the event was reported in the media throughout the world.

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