tmb flair air emblemEdmonton-based independent ultra-LCC Flair Airlines stepped up its competition with the Canadian majors’ subsidiary LCCs Aug. 20 by announcing 11 new nonstop trans-border US flights for the upcoming winter season. 

(Source: ATW Daily News August 20, 2018)

History was again made on March 3, 1919, when Seattle-based aircraft manufacturer William Boeing and pilot Eddie Hubbard carried 60 letters from Vancouver's Coal Harbour to Seattle, marking the first international airmail delivery.

The first commercial cargo flight in Canada took place in October 1913, when Montréal newspapers were carried from Montréal to Ottawa. Unfortunately, the aircraft crashed on the return takeoff.
The first commercial passenger flight took place in 1920, when 2 bush pilots flew a fur buyer north to The Pas, Manitoba, from Winnipeg.

One month later, the first regular services were initiated when Imperial Oil chartered several Junkers aircraft to ferry men and supplies from Edmonton to the newly discovered oil fields at Fort Norman (now Tulita), NWT.



It wasn't quite an earlier Miracle on the Hudson as four on board perished, but 30 passengers and eight crew lived to tell the tale of Air France F-BAZS flight 152, a Tehran bound Lockheed Constellation forced to ditch off south-west Turkey in August 1953. The 38 survivors spent 1 hour on the wings before being rescued. Now, after 65 years on the seabed, the wreckage of the Connie has been located by a Turkish submarine crew.

The Turkish Navy located the essentially intact aircraft February 2018 in 842 feet of water.

Details of the flight on Wikipedia

tmb swoop b737Swoop, WestJet’s ULCC offshoot, has placed its fourth aircraft into service - a three-year-old Boeing 737-800 that continues the pattern of building the subsidiary's fleet with some of WestJet's youngest aircraft.

(Source: August 20, 2018)

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The Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) celebrated Canada’s 150th Birthday on July 1, 2017 by publishing a list of 150 books about Canadian aviation. But they exceeded our goal – the list has 201 titles suggested by members!

Where can you find books listed that you would like to read? Check your local library, bookstores and archival and aviation museum collections. If you can’t find what you want there, you will probably find the book you want with an internet search.

A good resource for locating books is It connects to an international network of book vendors in Canada, the U.S., England and Australia.

(Source: CAHS August 2018 edition)

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