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Air Canada 747s, Connies In YYC - Question?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 4:44 am

Hi all,

Can anyone tell me if TCA/Air Canada operated the Lockheed Constellations in to Calgary, Canada (YYC) or were they used on other trans-cons like YVR-YUL. Also, during the 1980s/90s, did Air Canada fly 747-100s into YYC in this livery, the burgundy stripes.

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RE: Air Canada 747s, Connies In YYC - Question?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:21 am

AC had 6 747 classics when this double-stripe AC livery was introduced in the late 80's. Only 1 of the 6 747 classics was painted in this scheme (the 741 F-FTOC painted above). The 3 744's were also painted in this scheme.

This 741 was AC's oldest 747 in the late 80's and was used primarily on leisure routes such as YYZ-KIN/MGB, YYZ-MAN, YYZ-GLA, YYZ-LAS (charter series). At one point in the late 80's it had an all-Y configuration of 450+ seats.

It perfectly reasonable that it could have been used on YYC-LHR. AC operated a daily 741 to LHR in the late 80's/early 90's routing YYC-YEG-LHR or YEG-YYC-LHR.

As C-FTOC was the only classic in this scheme, I had a hard time ever spotting it.
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RE: Air Canada 747s, Connies In YYC - Question?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 1:11 pm

So does anyone know if Trans Canada Airlines (TCA) operated the Constellations into YYC (Calgary) as well? I know the DC-3 and the North Stars were used.


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RE: Air Canada 747s, Connies In YYC - Question?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 1:43 pm

Quoting Jamtide (Thread starter):

after seeing this photograph i wonder why don't they go back to this livery again. Shall be far better than that toothpaste/mouthwash livery they are pushing down the throat.
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RE: Air Canada 747s, Connies In YYC - Question?

Tue Jun 21, 2005 3:10 pm

In related YYC news does anyone know if the Continental flight to EWR was cancled, I can't find it in the time tables.
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RE: Air Canada 747s, Connies In YYC - Question?

Wed Jun 22, 2005 3:09 am

CO's flight to EWR goes Thurs,Fri,Sun at 23:30 and Sat at 13:00 all flights with 735.

Also does anybody know if the ANA charters from Japan will be coming into calgary again this summer?
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RE: Air Canada 747s, Connies In YYC - Question?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:16 am

The Air-Britain book on the Constellation says TCA scheduled them across Canada from 9/54 to 1/61. The 4/57 OAG shows one YUL-YYZ-YYC-YVR.
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RE: Air Canada 747s, Connies In YYC - Question?

Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:57 pm

Trans-Canada operated the Super Connie on a transcon flight through Calgary, once daily in each direction. This is taken from a TCA timetable, Summer 1958.

TC 007 "Calgary Mercury" last flight May 31, 1958
YYZ 1630 - 2005 YYC 2035 - 2240 YVR

TC 009 "Calgary Mercury" effective June 01, 1958
YYZ 0100 - 0435 YYC 0505 - 0710 YVR

TC 008 "Calgary Mercury" last flight May 31, 1958
YVR 2045 - 2240 YYC 2310 - 0740 YYZ

TC 010 "Calgary Mercury" effective June 01, 1958
YVR 0715 - 0910 YYC 0940 - 1810 YYZ

These flights were flown in a combined First and Economy class configuration, (unlike the Atlantic L1049s which were flown in a Deluxe, First, Economy and Tourist configuration!!!)

Also doing transcons at the same time, but not nonstop, were Viscounts in a First configuration and the DC-4M2s in a Tourist configuration.
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