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Old 09-18-2019, 02:39 AM   #1
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In 2012, Air Canada celebrated their 75th Anniversary. People who flew the airline that year might remember a huge foldout wall poster in their inflight magazine that documented all of the great former airlines that were purchased by Air Canada over the years to help make it what it is today.



It was fantastic to be able to look back through all the great Canadian liveries and aircraft that once graced Canadian skies. Every single one of these airlines has seen a release in 1/200 - except one.

Transair was a Winnipeg-based airline that formed as Central Northern Airways in April 1947. They started with an assortment of military surplus aircraft such as the C-46 Commando, Avro Anson, Avro York, as well as a collection of bush planes, propliners and cargo planes of the era. They merged with Arctic Wings in 1955 and changed the name to Transair. They continued to expand and grow and operated DC-3s and DC-4s through the late 50's and early 60's. By 1965, larger DC-6 and DC-7 aircraft were added and they commenced international flights.

In 1968, Transair began to introduce turboprop aircraft such as the Twin Otter, NAMC YS-11, HS748 and Vickers Viscount. They started offering feeder flights for the major Canadian airlines - CP Air and Air Canada. They purchased Midwest Airlines, also based in Winnipeg, in 1969 and added Boeing 737-200 jet airliners in 1970. Their jet fleet expanded with Fokker F28s in 1972 and Boeing 707s in 1973. At this time, they were the fourth largest airline in Canada and were offering flights to Hawaii, Carribean, Florida, Mexico, and Europe. Their Canadian destinations were spread from Toronto to Whitehorse.

Also in 1973, Transair hired North America's first female First Officer, Rosella Bjornson (born July 17, 1947 - Lethbridge, Alberta), to fly the Fokker F28. She was the first female member of the Canadian Air Line Pilots Association, International. Bjornson was also the first woman promoted to captain while flying with Canadian Airlines in 1990.



Transair was likely the first jet airline to service northern Canada as they offered direct jet service from Winnipeg to Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and even Resolute Bay. They also flew to Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay (now Naujaat), Eskimo Point (now Arviat), Hall Beach, and Whale Cove - all located in the Northwest Territories and what is now Nunavut.

In 1977, Pacific Western Airlines bought most of Transair's shares. by 1979, Transair's routes, licences, and assets has been transferred to Pacific Western and Transair ceased to exist.


For Transair's contribution to women in aviation, for servicing the high north, for connecting Canada's cities and being one of the first to offer international travel from Canada, and for its role in Air Canada's history, not to mention it's striking yellow and brown paint scheme, I find it shocking that nobody has offered a 1/200 release of a Transair aircraft.

An Aeroclassics 1/200 Transair Boeing 707-320C would undoubtedly be one of the highlights in any "classic Canadian airliner" collection:

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Some Transair aircraft over the years:















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Here's a great shot of a Transair 707 at a CP Air bridge:

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A bit of an evolution of CF-TAN as Transair transitioned to Pacific Western Airlines:





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A bit of an evolution of CF-TAN as Transair transitioned to Pacific Western Airlines:





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Interesting stuff!
Transair is a bit of an unimaginative name for an airline, infact it sounds like one of those dodgy Russian-sponsored African carriers saw at Sharjah, but the scheme is eye-catching but simple.
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Interesting stuff!
Transair is a bit of an unimaginative name for an airline, infact it sounds like one of those dodgy Russian-sponsored African carriers saw at Sharjah, but the scheme is eye-catching but simple.
I'll disagree with you there. It's pretty much in line with the era. TWA (Trans Western Airlines/Trans World Airlines), Trans-Canada Airlines... Air Transat's not fair off.

In fact, there's currently a Transair Cargo airline in Hawaii.

I wouldn't say the livery is any more "simple" than most other airlines of the era either. It's actually quite similar to the Air Canada livery of the time, but with a different colour scheme.

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I agree and would welcome any of the 'yellow top' aircraft especially the 707 and the F28. Transair did operate the 707 to the UK during the 'affinity flight' period prior to ABC's (advance booked charters) which were dominated by WARDAIR, CP Air and Laker,so I would certainly want an example in my growing 'Canadian charter fleet'.
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“Fly the golden jets,” was their slogan.
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Having the 707, 737 and F-28 in 1:200 scale would be a great batch to release. They would sell fast in Canada for sure. I have the 1:400 Transair 737 Aero classics released and I haven't seen a Transair model before or since in die cast.

They also flew to Honolulu but I'm not sure how long they flew the route.
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Having the 707, 737 and F-28 in 1:200 scale would be a great batch to release. They would sell fast in Canada for sure. I have the 1:400 Transair 737 Aero classics released and I haven't seen a Transair model before or since in die cast.

They also flew to Honolulu but I'm not sure how long they flew the route.
Yeah, I mentioned Hawaii. These birds would have looked gorgeous glinting in the Hawaiian sunshine.

In fact, here's one of their 707s in Honolulu:

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Funny, I was just looking at that poster this past weekend...
Interesting to see C-FTAN also transition to be equipped with a "gravel kit"...
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Love that little F28... hope to see it in 1:200 someday, many liveries to be done..
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I would happily build a whole fleet of Transair aircraft if they were available!
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