How it all started
Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA) was created as a subsidiary of Canadian National Railway (CNR) on April 10, 1937. Passenger operations began on September 1, with a Lockheed 10A carrying two passengers and mail from Vancouver to Seattle. The company was headquartered in Winnipeg which was also the site of the national maintenance base.
In 1949, federal policy dictated the headquarters move to Montreal. Later the maintenance base also moved east which was a significant blow to western Canada. In 1953 with the development of the ReserVec, Air Canada became the first airline in the world to use a computer reservation system with remote terminals.
Boeing B 767 - 300
- Route: Vancouver - London & retour
- Date: 2 July 2003 & 28 August 2003
- Time: 9h:25m & 9h:50m
Boeing B 737
- Route: Vancouver - Las Vegas & retour
- Date: 3 & 10 January 2002
- Time: 2h:15m & 2h:22m