Subscriber Roger Cyr has asked us to track down information regarding a band names 'The Velmars' who played at TCA road shows from 1959 to 1960. He recalls that the lead guitarist was named Roger Kovalyk.
Does anyone have any memories to share on this topic?
Subscriber Bill Jefferies submitted the following:
Hi Wayne, worked with you a little while in YVR. I was a Team Lead on the weekend crew with Aveos.
I’m wondering if you guys could do a story on Omni Air International. I think they’re filling in for the 737 MAX with Air Canada but would be nice to know the whole story.
We looked into this and found a schedule at www.aircanada.com for flights that are being operated by OAI at least until April 30, 2020. Destinations are Hawaii and Phoenix.
Omni Air International, LLC. is a United States charter airline headquartered at Tulsa International Airport. It specializes in passenger charter flights, and Aircraft Crew Maintenance Insurance (ACMI) wet leasing. They currently show three Boeing 767 200ER aircraft wet-leased to Air Canada.
We have welcomed 50 new subscribers so far in 2020.
We wish to thank everyone for your support of our efforts.
We always welcome feedback about Air Canada (including Jazz and Rouge) from our subscribers who wish to share current events, memories and photographs.
Particularly if you have stories to share from one of the legacy airlines: Canadian Airlines, CP Air, Pacific Western, Eastern Provincial, Wardair, Nordair, Transair and many more (let us know if we have omitted your airline).
Nordair DC-8 Fleet
While watching this issue's Featured Video tribute to Nordair, I was surprised to see a DC-8 in Nordair livery.
I have always associated Nordair with B-737's. My first airplane ride was on Nordair charter flights to the Bahamas in 1975. When I started with Air Canada in 1980, Nordair was still operating but I have never seen one of the DC-8's.
So I dove into Google searches and found the three aircraft listed below. From what I can tell, the aircraft were all used for charter services operating for other airlines.
Terry worked for Nordair after retiring from Air Canada and advises the following:
"During 1974-1980 Nordair subcontracted DC-8's for charter work.
In 1975 DC-8 charter service was expanded to Great Britian and some European cities.
In 1980 DC-8 service withdrawn due to high operational costs.
Also a Convair 990 was subcontracted.
(Source: Nordair "Expressions" magazine December 1986)
Note: The magazine I quoted was the final edition and it did not have any indication of what issue number it was."
I am interested to learn if any of our readers have personal experience with these aircraft.
Click the registration to view each aircraft's history at Planespotters.net
|Nordair Registration||Date||Original Airline||Date Dlvrd||Final Airline||Current Status|
|C-GNDA||21-Oct-1974||Trans International Airlines||16-Jun-1967||United Parcel Service||Stored|
|C-GNDE||23-Aug-1978||Iberia||31-May-1961||Kalitta American Int'l||Scrapped|
|C-GNDF||1-Apr-1979||Iberia||19-Jun-1961||International Aviation Services Group||Broken up July 1990 at MIA|
History from 1950 -
Because the U.S. Air Force is abandoning its base in the Aleutian Islands, Canadian Pacific Airlines will now have to find an alternative route to the Orient.
The Minister of Transport, Mr. Lionel Chevrier, recently told the Canadian Parliament that the United States appeared to be willing to sanction a route via Honolulu.
With the establishment of its sales and traffic department at the new Sea Island headquarters, C.P.A. has now completed its move to Vancouver; the majority of the company's staff moved there last summer.
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