Continuation of the Air Canada nee Trans-Canada Air Lines History - Started in NetLetter #1483.
Source: Air Canada 75 years of innovation
- This year was is abuzz! Millions of live bees - 40,000 pounds worth - were flown from Mexico to Edmonton to fill a dwindling supply in Canada. Bees become an odd area of expertise for the airline.
- Judy Cameron became the company's first female pilot on April 10, 1978. In 1997 she was still with Air Canada as a captain on the Boeing 777.
- Editors' Note: Ms. Cameron retired in May 2015 with 23,000 flying hours.
- Air Canada employees sponsor Laurie Skreslet and Pat Morrow, explorers attempting to be the first two Canadians to reach Mount Everest's summit. At 9:30 a.m. on October 5, 1982, Skreslet breaks a record when he completes the final climb from Camp 4 to the very top in five and one half hours.
- This is the year of deals. Air Canada launched the most successful seat sale in it’s history, generating $11 million by filling empty seats on scheduled flights.
- In December, 450,000 pounds of Christmas gifts, including blankets, food and medical sent to Ethiopia. The airlift which used the entire cargo fleet, it was the largest of its kind for the airline. Many cargo fleet members give up their Christmas vacations to help the shipments take flight.
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