Continuation of the Air Canada nee Trans-Canada Air Lines History.
Started in NetLetter #1483.
Source: Air Canada 75 years of innovation.
- Vancouver-based flight attendant Jan McCandlish gets her 15 minutes of fame when she's chosen to represent Air Canada on a Japanese game show featuring international flight attendants. The show is broadcast to over 20 million viewers! Among the challenges, she has to balance a tray of wine glasses while walking across a moving floor.
- Air Canada's Privatization Act, Bill C-129, receives royal assent on August 18, allowing the government to sell 45 percent of its holdings in the airline. The first-ever shareholders meeting was held in Montreal on April 26, 1989.
- Catching the bus on January 25, 1990; Air Canada takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 in Toulouse, France thus becoming the first airline in Canada to operate the aircraft. It’s first aircraft to include a digital autopilot control system.
- All flights between North America and Europe became non-smoking in October 1990 - a world first.
- To mark the arrival of the new Boeing 747-400s in 1992, the Gladiator - British strongman Dave Gauder - pulls a 200-ton Air Canada 747-400 jet a distance of 7.5 centimetres at London's Heathrow Airport. The event raises thousands of pounds for the British Red Cross.
- Air Canada launches service to New Delhi via London in 1993 and a route to Osaka in 1994, thanks to the powerful new Boeing 747-400's.
- The electronic ticket makes its debut in Canada on December 7, 1995 when Air Canada begins testing the service on select Canadian routes.
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