Air Canada turns 75 with a nod to history

Air Canada | August 31, 2012

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Air Canada turned 75 on September 1 with a nod to history.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of its inaugural flight, Air Canada has launched a special promotion offering a 15 per cent discount off Tango and Tango Plus fares for travel this fall to 75 destinations within North America. This includes its entire Canada-wide network, and is available on tickets purchased Thursday Aug. 30, to Monday Sep. 3, 2012 at for travel from Sep. 4, to Dec. 14, 2012.

“Seventy-five years ago on September 1st, Air Canada’s predecessor, Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA), inaugurated its first flight carrying two passengers and mail between Vancouver and Seattle aboard a Lockheed L-10A Electra,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Since then, Air Canada has grown to be the world’s 15th largest airline and Canada’s flag carrier serving over 150 destinations across Canada and worldwide on five continents. On behalf of Air Canada’s 27,000 employees, and the many thousands more who have served the airline over the decades, I thank our customers for their ongoing loyalty.”

The airline will be offering a glimpse into its history from Sep. 1, with stories and rarely published photographs in a special edition of the airline’s in-flight magazine, enRoute.

Air Canada is also launching an interactive visual history online. Visitors to in the coming days will have access to over 300 pictures, videos and vignettes that tell the story of Air Canada and the evolution of Canada’s aviation industry over the decades.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa will provide aviation aficionados with much to discover in person when it opens its doors Oct. 4, 2012, to the exhibition “People, Places and Planes: Air Canada at 75.” The museum’s exhibition will showcase 75 of the best photographs from the Air Canada Collection. The photographs trace the development of Air Canada since its early days. The Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Air Canada material including vintage uniforms and thousands of images and printed material, in addition to aircraft such as the Douglas DC-9 and the Lockheed Electra. This collection tells the story of the growth of Canada’s aviation industry and its contribution to the nation.

In celebration of the milestone anniversary, Air Canada launched the Air Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on the health and well-being of children in need. The Foundation recently raised over $250,000 at its first annual fundraising event to support organizations that share this same goal.

The creation of the Air Canada Foundation is one of many initiatives highlighted in Air Canada’s first Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR), entitled “Citizens of the World,” available at from Sep. 1. Air Canada’s CSR examines how the company conducts its business by balancing economic, environmental and social considerations. Based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, it provides an overview of the airline’s initiatives in four areas: safety, the environment, employees and community.

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