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Trans-Canada Airlines

Trans Canada Airlines

Trans Canada Airlines Ticket stub

Trans-Canada Airlines took to the air on September 1, 1937 with a flight from Vancouver to Seattle.  Canadian National Railways (CNR) was behind the venture and it was Canada’s only national airline until their competitor, Canadian Pacific Railways (CPR) launched Canadian Pacific Airlines.  In 1965 Trans-Canada Airlines changed their name to Air Canada.

TCA began flying out of Victoria in 1943 and the ticket featured in this post was for a flight to Seattle on May 2, 1953.  It cost $8.40 that year, at a time when a labourer on the west coast earned about $12 per day.  That same job might pull in $12-15 per hour now but a one-way flight to Seattle will set you back over $250!

I’m also featuring a TCA Christmas Card from the same year which celebrates fifty years of flight.  I’ve included scans of the front and back of this card too.

Trans Canada Airlines Christmas Card

TCA 1953 Christmas card



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