Lubicon From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 197 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2020 times:
Yet another step to fully merge the 2 carriers has occurred. I'm currently listening to Calgary ATC and former Canadian flights are now using Air Canada as their callsign, rather than Canadian. Flight numbers still have not been adjusted (ie still start with 3, as in 3***). I understand Air Canada has been granted the single operator certificate by the Canadian Government. Regional flights are continuing to use their original callsigns. An interesting note, some of the pilots are replying to ATC simply with the flight number. Can only guess if they are doing it just to save time or if it's difficult to change to something that has to be most un-natural to them after all the years using "Canadian".
Boeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1890 times:
I was having Dinner with Canadian Airline's star 767-300 pilot Bill Carter who told me that they now wear the Air Canada uniform and they fly both Canadian owned and Air Canada aircraft. He said you might hear ATC call signs like "Toronto good day its Canadian, oh wait sorry its Air Canada 3008 heavy with you....." He told me it will take some time to ajust to the call sign but everyting is going very well with the Canadian staff at ACA. They are proud to wear the uniform of Air Canada.