All previous posts show good examples of why Canadian failed. Horribly mismanaged, and the takeover of Wardair and other regional carriers was a big mistake, and we never learned our history, because the same thing is happening to Air Canada. PWA
assumed a huge debt load when it took over these airlines, and it could never shake this debt.
On top of that, management at Canadian were never satisfied with being Canada's number 2 airline. They wanted to be bigger and better than AC
, but they could never do it, because AC
had newer aircraft, more routes to the US. Canadian should have been content on doing what it did well, but it wanted to compete head-to-head with Air Canada and lost.
But government interference from Day 1 really set Canadian back. The only reason CP
had such a big Asian network was because AC
never wanted to fly there in the 1940s and '50s, so CP
took those routes. Air Canada had all the profitable routes to Europe. Of course in the last couple of decades CP
's routes to Asia became very profitable and ultimately coveted by Air Canada.
Getting access to London was only done by acquiring Wardair, a decision that ultimately led to Canadian's demise.
Awspicious, I don't know if you have an old copy of Airways laying about, but I wrote a piece on Canadian that appeared in the January 2001 issue.
My first flight was on one CPAir's big orange DC-10s from YVR
, and the best service I have ever had on a flight was about 7 years to HNL
. The flight attendant serving us was an older guy, who had probably been working for the airline for decades and he learned his trade at a time when service was something. It was great to see.