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Continuation of the Air Canada nee Trans-Canada Air Lines History started in NetLetter #1483.

Source: Air Canada 75 years of innovation

  • 1967
    • Canada's hockey team returned home from the 1967 World Ice Hockey Championships in Vienna in March.
    • Air Canada has a longstanding relationship with Canada's favourite game as a proud partner of Hockey Canada.
    • Expo 67 in Montreal made this a banner year for the airline. Air Canada's pavilion and exhibits dedicated to the history of flight drew nearly 2 million visitors.
  • 1969
    • Ravi Shankar waves hello to Montreal, where he performed at Man and His World on August 9, 10 and 11. (He played the Woodstock Festival a few days later).
  • 1971
    • The 365-seat Boeing 747 goes into service in 1971, operating between Toronto and Vancouver and serving the summer routes Toronto-London and Toronto-Montreal-Paris. The 747 stands six stories tall and weighs 340 tons. The flight team that first saw it in Seattle couldn't imagine that such a huge bird could fly, but it's 80 kilometres an hour faster than the DC-8 and can fly nearly a thousand kilometers farther. It's also the airline's first aircraft with inflight entertainment, in the form of movie screens. The first non-smoking section appeared in 1971 on Air Canada's Boeing 747's.
  • 1975
    • Operation 'Babylift': During the final days of the Vietnam War in April 1975 Air Canada employees volunteer to transport Vietnamese and Cambodian orphans to their new homes in Canada.

More to follow in future NetLetters

On April 1, 2021 Air Canada celebrated the 70th anniversary of its Montreal–Paris route.

Air Canada is marking its 70th anniversary on its Montreal – Paris route, a route that has never been suspended, not even for the pandemic.

On April 1, 1951, a four-engine, 40-passenger Canadair North Star, registered as CF-TFO and operated by Trans-Canada Air Lines (now Air Canada), touched down for the very first time at Orly airport, in the suburbs of Paris.

Initially entailing a layover in London, UK, the flight between Montreal and Paris quickly became a non-stop, weekly service after its initial success.

Source: www.travelweek.ca

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