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!
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.
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.
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.