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Old 10-24-2015, 04:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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There are four major gaps in this hobby for Canadian aviation collectors and I'm hoping I can convince the manufacturers to narrow the gap. There are only six Canadian airlines with year round scheduled domestic jet service - Air Canada, Westjet, Air North, Canadian North, First Air, and Air Inuit. Three of those carriers, Air North, First Air and Air Inuit, have never been featured in diecast. Air Canada and Westjet have been done by pretty much everybody and Aeroclassics helped fill a niche with Canadian North. Additionally, there are two international jet air carriers in Canada - Air Transat and Sunwing. Like the three mentioned above, Sunwing has had no love from manufacturers (again, a tip of the hat to Aeroclassics for doing a beautiful job with Air Transat). It's such a shame because without Air North, First Air, Air Inuit and Sunwing, there is a HUGE gap for Canadian commercial airline collectors. Not only that, but these are beautiful aircraft.

Air North has been in service since 1977 and has flown a variety of aircraft from the Douglas DC-3 and DC-4 to the Hawker Siddeley 748 to a fleet of Boeing 737s (200, 200C, 400, 500, 500 w/winglets). They are based out of Whitehorse, Yukon and serve all of the northern Yukon communities as well as major Canadian cities such as Vancouver, Whitehorse, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife. They also fly charters across Canada and the US and are often selected by major sports teams because of their exceptional standards and service. Their current livery with the bright orange tail is very attention grabbing and garners quite a bit of attention wherever it goes. Previously, their Hawker Siddeley HS748s were painted white with blue, orange and yellow striping down the side. Their original classic green and yellow livery was also quite striking and served their DC-3s and DC-4 well.



First Air is also largely Boeing, but has replaced their Hawker fleet with ATR 42s and 72s (Air North has also announced their intent to do the same). First Air has also previously operated 727s, 767s, and C-130 Hercules. The current fleet feature different arctic animals and scenes on their tails. The previous livery had bold yellow, orange, pink and blue stripes down the side. First Air has the distinction of being the last commercial airline to operate the Boeing 727 in Canada. First Air is based out of Ottawa, Ontario and primarily services Canada's arctic.



Air Inuit was founded in 1978 and is based out of Dorval, Quebec. Although they primarily operate prop aircraft, the airline has acquired two Boeing 737-200C aircraft. They offer a niche service by flying sked flights and cargo services all across northern Quebec as well as offering a charter service. One of the greatest liveries of any airline out there.



Sunwing has exclusively flown Boeing 737-800s from the beginning. Their fleet has been updated with scimitars winglets and they are currently undergoing a revamp to a new paint scheme (which looks suspiciously similar to Easyjet). Sunwing is based out of the Etobicoke district of Toronto, Ontario. They fly from Canada to vacation destinations and offer no year-round domestic service.



Although there are quite a number of defunct airlines that Canadian collectors would love to collect, it's the airlines that we currently fly on that we are connecting with today. Without Air North, First Air, Air Inuit and Sunwing models in our collections, we'll never feel properly represented in the world of diecast model collecting.

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Old 10-25-2015, 12:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say Canadian North more than Air Inuit. That 737 is relatively "new." I'd say First Air, Canadian North, Sunwing, Air North and Flair.

Especially Flair, it is basically Canada's Miami Air International as it flies basically anywhere a client needs to go. Would love a 734 or E170 in their livery
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Air Inuit was founded in 1978 and is based out of Dorval, Quebec. Although they primarily operate prop aircraft, the airline has acquired two Boeing 737-200C aircraft. They offer a niche service by flying sked flights and cargo services all across northern Quebec as well as offering a charter service. One of the greatest liveries of any airline out there.







Although there are quite a number of defunct airlines that Canadian collectors would love to collect, it's the airlines that we currently fly on that we are connecting with today. Without Air North, First Air, Air Inuit and Sunwing models in our collections, we'll never feel properly represented in the world of diecast model collecting.
YES!!!! Funny, I was just thinking earlier this week about how beautiful the Air Inuit livery is. I would love to see AeroClassics tackle this one with their 737-200 mold.

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I would say Canadian North more than Air Inuit. That 737 is relatively "new." I'd say First Air, Canadian North, Sunwing, Air North and Flair.

Especially Flair, it is basically Canada's Miami Air International as it flies basically anywhere a client needs to go. Would love a 734 or E170 in their livery
Canadian North has been done by Aeroclassics - about a half dozen of them. Air North is far more national and has a broader appeal. Flair is strictly a charter airline.
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How about including this airline.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Cargo...bc316a2dc82e75
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Especially considering they ahve a good deal of 757's and 767's now it is surprising that we have yet to see one in this scale.
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Canadian North has been done by Aeroclassics - about a half dozen of them. Air North is far more national and has a broader appeal. Flair is strictly a charter airline.
Care to elaborate? A YXY-YZF-YOW (in addition to YXY serving YVR/YYC/YEG) doesn't convince me.
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I meant over Flair.
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I meant over Flair.
Fair enough, my good man.

Still lots of holes to fill, but some of the gaps aren't nearly as large as they once were.
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Some of these airlines need to step up and commission the models themselves. Perhaps they aren't aware of this hobby and how big the market is and just need a little nudge. Can't hurt to contact them.
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Some of these airlines need to step up and commission the models themselves. Perhaps they aren't aware of this hobby and how big the market is and just need a little nudge. Can't hurt to contact them.
Until the economy picks up and times are booming, I know many of these companies (including ours) will be concentrating efforts on keeping the tin moving... Only then, can I foresee an opportunity to have a chat with one's marketing team.
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Ah, are you at Canadian North? I'm at Air North.
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Greetings all,

Forgive me for reviving an old thread, but I feel compelled to revisit it for comment.

Agree with the above requests for a 1:400 737-200 in Air Inuit livery. The video Canopy posted showing C-GMAI with full gravel kit really put the modeling hook in me back then. Thinking we modelers would be well served if the manufacturer's release included the front landing gear gravel plate. It would make for a unique and most desirable collectible. At least for me. Including the vortex dissipator set is probably asking for too much in 1:400.

This thread came to mind as I search about for a Canadian airliner to continue my around-the-world die cast flight. Right now kind of settling into a WestJet DASH 8 for touring the NW Provinces. But a 1:400 737-200 Air Inuit with gravel kit would fit the bill nicely.

Cheers, and happy collecting, ArnoldC
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What? No wanting any Calm Air?

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