So if manufacturers feel the need to continue to ignore every airline in Canadian skies that doesn't say Air Canada or WestJet down the side, can we at least shake it up a little and get something unique? Here are some suggested Air Canada and WestJet models...
In 1997, Air Canada repainted one of their Airbus A319 aircraft in the classic Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA) livery to mark their 60th Anniversary. Even though that was 17 years ago, C-FZUH is still wearing these colours and the paint looks like it's been well-maintained - at least from afar. This plane would look fantastic in a retro-livery themed collection, in a TCA collection, an Air Canada collection, or any collection of North American airlines:
They did another unique livery to mark their 65th Anniversary in 2002 in a much more patriotic way. This time they used an A320 (C-FFWN). They elected not to keep this special livery and it has been flying in their standard "aquafresh" paint scheme for the past five years. Here it is at YVR back in 2009 when it was flying the flag for Canada:
WestJet hasn't been known for their special liveries, but C-GWSZ has worn two. It was painted up to promote their "Care-antee" campaign in 2010. In 2013 it was repainted as the very popular Disney World "Magic Plane." I'm actually a big fan of the "Care-antee" scheme. Here it is in August 2013:
Now that it's rebranded in Disney colours, the appeal is HUGE to collectors of all sorts. Here it is in December 2013 after being reborn as "Sorcerer Mickey":
The only other unique marking on a WestJet plane that I've seen is on C-GAWS, the 100th Next Generation Boeing 737 in their fleet: