Researching the fate of the various B737-2xx series aircraft that had seen service among Nordair, Quebecair, CP Air, EPA and PWA fleets before the formation of Canadian Airlines International has proven to be a very interesting endeavor.
Most of these classics have been retired and are presently stored at various locations around the world, however, a few are still in service within the Canadian North Airlines fleet.
I compiled a list of five aircraft that seemed to be still active and contacted Kelly Lewis, Manager of Communications for Canadian North requesting confirmation. Kelly has been very obliging by responded quickly and also sending along a few current pics.
All five were originally delivered to Canadian operators and later transferred to C.A.I.L. and then merged into the Air Canada fleet before being acquired by Canadian North and configured for combined passenger and cargo operations.
|C-GDPA - Delivered to Dome Petroleum April 22, 1980. Acquired by PWA June 1, 1984. Acquired by Canadian North November 26, 2001 and remains in service as Tail # 584. Age: 35 years.|
|C-GOPW - Delivered to PWA September 30, 1980. Acquired by Canadian North December 27, 2001 and remains in service as Tail # 582. Age: 35 years.|
|C-GSPW - Delivered to PWA November 10, 1981 and served briefly in the EPA fleet in 1982. Acquired by Canadian North November 23, 2001 and remains in service as Tail # 583. Age 34 years.|
No longer flying and is being used for on-the-ground training of flight attendants. Follow on Twitter.
Note: This is the only one of the five aircraft that flew in Zip livery.
|C-GNDU - Delivered to Nordair June 6, 1982. Acquired by Canadian North June 30, 2002 and remains in service as Tail # 562. Age 33 years. Image Gallery available at Airliners.net|
History source: Planespotters.net
Special thanks to Kelly Lewis, Canadian North Airlines