Matt D
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Wed Feb 02, 2000 6:03 am

Several years ago, I remember seeing pictures of a Canadian airline named "Intair", or "InAir" or something like that. They operated F-100's. They (if I remember correctly) were white with grey and black (or dark blue) trim. Can anyone give more info? What WAS the name of the airline? Routes? Are they still around? If not, what happened? etc. etc.

RE: Intair?

Wed Feb 02, 2000 12:31 pm

Intair had a very short life. Its original ancestor was Québecair who was owned by the government of Québec. It was mainly a regional airline except for a few flights in Florida and Europe. In 1985, Québecair was privatized, becoming Inter-Canadien, a Canadian Airlines connector. However, the rag began to burn very quickly betwwen Inter-Canadien and Canadian Airlines. Canadian Airlines level of service in Montréal and the remaining of Québec was (and remained until Canadian Airlines end last year) very poor. With that & other various commercial conflicts, a split of Inter-Canadien from Canadian Airlines occured in 1989. This new split up airline was named Intair. They were covering roughly the north-east of North America. The tail you're describing is of that airline. But, without being member of any network, they went in trouble within a few years. So, in the early/mid-90's (I don't remember exactly), Intair re-took its role and name as a Canadian Airlines connector for Québec. Almost two years ago, when Air Atlantic (another Canadian Airlines connector) went bankrupt, Inter-Canadien had its mandate extended to cover regional airlinks in Eastern Canada from Sault-Sainte-Marie (Ontario) to St.John's (Nfld). This allowed them to increase thier business significantly but they never managed to raise the aircrafts rate of occupancy above 43%. So when Canadian Airlines started to go real bad, they could not survived and they were grounded. Some attempts have been made to save them but their debt has been chasing away the groups that tried to revive them. I think that a final creditor's meeting is scheduled at the end of this month where, quite likely, they will be put in bankrupt. Air Canada & Bombardier aérospatiale are supposed to hire a significant part of the employees. The only part of that company that might be saved is a maintenance affiliate which is the only certified ATR aircrafts maintenance center in North America. They have very good contracts with various airlines, Continental among them. In short, it's one of the chapters of the very sad story of Canadian Airlines.
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RE: Intair?

Wed Feb 02, 2000 7:21 pm

YBG has provided a superb description of Intair. There are a few other interesting spin-offs from the Intair fiasco.

Until 1989, InterCanadien was a private company that provided services to Canadian via a commercial services agreement. Around September, InterCanadien, being squeezed/choked in their agreement with the Mother Corp decided to unilaterally cancel their agreement with CAI and "go it alone". It was a very poor time to do so as Air Atlantic was able to fill the gap from the east and Ontario Regional from the Ontario side. Additionally, for the Christmas season, all bookings got voided for the new Intair as they were no longer a part of the CAI family.

They were to operate Fokker F-100's in addition to their turboprop fleet. They hired into the jets separately from their long time turboprop staff. They had their own colours. Unfortunately, they neglected to initialize their own reservations network.

The reason Intair was so important to Canadian aviation in the late 80's is what happened afterwards: Until this time, all Canadian's partners, and all Air Canada's partners were privately owned carriers, connected to the mother via a commercial services agreement. When InterCanadien bolted and went on their own, it was felt by the majors that all the others could do likewise in time. So they bought them outright - Air Canada bought AirBC, Air Ontario, Air Alliance and Air Nova; Canadian bought Time Air and Ontario Regional. Air Atlantic was supposed to be part of the deal but its alcoholic owner shot his mouth off at an inopportune time and pi**ed off CAI to the point of withdrawing of the offer to include AAL in the deal.

The rest is history. Intair failed. It resurrected as InterCanadien (1991) Ltd and then failed again in 1999. Air Atlantic failed in 1993, was rescued temporarily by British Aerospace Jetstream Corporation, then by IMP Group Ltd which shut Air Atlantic down in October 1998. (They are in the process of resurrecting Air Atlantic as "CanJet" much to the consternation of all those laid off one year ago).

Now all the regionals operate at similar costs to the parent company and are in the process of either being absorbed or being liquidated. Only time will tell.

An interesting question, MattD. What is your reason for asking?

Best Regards,