Canadian Airlines ? Past of the blue Canadian sky

Today there is no such independent air carrier as Canadian Airlines, but many people, who have flown with them and on their planes, have warm feelings, connected with this name. Why did it happen so?

Today there is no such independent air carrier as Canadian Airlines, but many people, who have flown with them and on their planes, have warm feelings, connected with this name. Why did it happen so? The history of Canadian Airlines started in 1988, when some smaller Canadian air carriers, like CP Air, Nordair, Eastern Provincial Airways, united in one major company. A year later it included the fleet of another airline - Wardair Canada - which consists at the moment of plenty of Boeing 747s and DC-10s and 30s. It was a step directed to surviving in a competition with Air Canada. In 1990 Canadian Airlines fleet was completed with Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A320s, as well as Boeing 767 some time before.

It performed trips in European, Asian, Australian and American cities, such as Auckland, Beijing, London, Manila, Melbourne, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Shanghay, Sydney, Washington and others. The service they provided was also remarkable. During this competition, Canadian Airlines used every possibility to attract new passengers, putting in it not only money, but their heart. Many people remember warmth, amicability and smiles of the crew, which were a kind of trademark of Canadian Airlines flights. James Smith in his review at Epinions.com shows an excellent example of it. He tells about his Christmas flight, when he visited his parents. His luggage was occasionally disappeared, as well as all his Christmas presents to his parents. "Christmas morning came - he wrote - and while I enjoyed opening my presents, I still felt guilty that I could not reciprocate. Everyone understood, but I still felt guilty. Around 10:00 am there was a knock at the door. I answered and there was a rep from Canadian Airlines with my missing luggage. They had spent the night locating it and forwarding it to me. The rep had personally volunteered to drop it of at my parent's place when he finished his shift, and prior to going home to enjoy his own Christmas. My holidays were salvaged and I have never forgotten that little incident". (Ref: Epinions.com (http://www.epinions.com/trvl-review-236B-BF054C5-39860027-prod1))

But in 1992, after hard economic struggle with Air Canada, Canadian Airlines became a part of their more successful competitor. It was made for the economic reason - both Canadian Airlines and Air Canada lost major part of their income because of their competitive actions. That time was difficult for both of them, and they both struggled under billionic debts. In 2000 Canadian Airlines was completely taken over by Air Canada. All planes and crew were renamed as Air Canada crafts and employees, all passengers bonuses were transferred in Aero Plan System - the reward program of Air Canada company. But this hard period was over and in 2004 Air Canada began to restore their wealth - with Canadian Airlines as its very part.

Today, reading kind reviews about their work, one might regret at not having possibility to deal with air carrier called Canadian Airlines. But the changes were made for industry evolution only, which implied more comfort and possibilities for air traveling.

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