Canadian 744 Titles

Sat Mar 10, 2001 7:44 am

Many of the Canadian Airlines 747-475s were named after Canadian bush pilots (and other people instrumental in the success of CAI) such as C-GMWW Max Ward and C-FBCA Grant McConachie.

On some pictures of the new interim paint I noticed that the titles aren't there. Does anyone know if Air Canada is planning to add them? It would be a shame if the didn't.

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Note the missing title on what should be Grant McConachie

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RE: Canadian 744 Titles

Sat Mar 10, 2001 7:51 am

Don't know, but I have a question: When Wardair was taken over, I believe Max Ward got a seat on the board of Canadian. Did he keep it until the takeover/is he still a member? What is he doing now? I loved his autobiography - it was one of the best aviation books I've ever read!

RE: Canadian 744 Titles

Sat Mar 10, 2001 10:26 am

Im not totally sure about that but I think he is retired now. He is getting pretty old.
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RE: Canadian 744 Titles

Sat Mar 10, 2001 10:37 am

Max Ward was, last I heard, still flying up to Yellowknife every year for his vacation.

I've never read the Max Ward book (although I want to) but if you want another good read, check out the biography of Grant McConachie, it's called "Bush Pilot with a Briefcase." Very interesting.

RE: Canadian 744 Titles

Sat Mar 10, 2001 10:45 am

Another good one is Wingwalkers by Peter Pigott. It is the history of Canadian airlines from it's bush roots in the 1920s to now.
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RE: Canadian 744 Titles

Sat Mar 10, 2001 11:41 am

Ward retired from the board in 1990-91 somewhere, just before the great debacle that saw the entire board resign.
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RE: Canadian 744 Titles

Sat Mar 10, 2001 12:15 pm

what about the names on the 744's? How about the old "Empress" names on some of the 763's?

RE: Canadian 744 Titles

Sat Mar 10, 2001 12:45 pm

Unfortunately, the individual names applied to the 744's, "Grant McConachie", "T. Russ Baker", "Rhys T. Eyton" and "Maxwell W. Ward" were all removed as
the aircraft were painted into the transitional scheme. It was widely hoped that these names would be retained as they represented significant people in Canadian's long history. Although I come from the AC
side of the merged airline, I think it is a shame that this fact couldn't have at least been acknowledged.
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RE: Canadian 744 Titles

Sat Mar 10, 2001 2:53 pm

What happenened to the proposed AC livery that is supposed to recognize the heritage of both AC and CP?
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RE: Canadian 744 Titles

Sun Mar 11, 2001 12:10 am

Max used to fly up to my town, Yellowknife several times every summer to visit his lodge just north of here. Unfortunatley last summer (2000) he crashed his Twin Otter while landing on Back Bay, one of the float plane landing areas. After being very shaken up and I imagine very scared, he hasnt returned. The whereabouts of his glorious twin is unknown.

A very nice man to talk to, has a lot of great stories and is very friendly.

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RE: Canadian 744 Titles

Sun Mar 11, 2001 1:38 am

I want to see Air Canada bring back the Empress titles, on ALL of the planes like CPair used to have. Also a good move would be a re-branding of Exec Class and calling it Empress like Canadian had....It seems more regal, and sounds much nicer and grander then Executive Class.

Livery is another thing that needs to be changed:
"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada

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