Extract from "Between Ourselves" issue May 1967
May marks quarter century air link with Newfoundland.
Late in the afternoon 25 years ago May 1, a 12-passenger twin-engine Lockheed 14H-2 in the colours of (then) Trans-Canada Air Lines touched down at Torbay Airport at St. John's Newfoundland establishing the first commercial air link between Canada and Newfoundland.The date was May 1,1942 and the flight marked the inaugural of regularly-scheduled passenger, mail and express service between Moncton, Sydney, St. John's and Gander. The inaugural flight left Moncton at 10:00 a.m. arriving in St. John's at 4:15 p.m.
after a stop at Sydney, Nova Scotia. After a short delay for deplaning and boarding passengers, mail and cargo, servicing and other formalities, the aircraft took off again, reaching Sydney at 7:15 p.m. and Moncton at 9:07 p.m.
Air Canada pioneered eliminating the V2's law as a principal of climb out criteria which, in turn resulted in the "rational approach" to climb criteria. Pioneered the multi-channel flight recorder. Introduced the first propeller turbine aircraft in North American commercial airline service, and was the first major airline with an all turbine fleet. Air Canada was the first airline in the world to accept carriage of all first class mail by air.
1967 - Sept 29th - Daily DC-8 service from Montreal/Toronto and Los Angeles due to be inaugurated. due to the late delivery of the new aircraft, the inauguration was twice postponed from July 5th and then August 22nd.
In "Alan's Space", NetLetter nr 1072, Alan told us about a web site with Old Airline advertisements.
Here are a couple more of TCA's