Trans-Canada Air Lines is Born
Air Canada was born as Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA, for short) three-quarters of a century ago on April 10, 1937. Its mission: to span the young country’s broad expanse by air. It took $5-million and three airplanes: a tiny Stearman, fresh from crop-dusting duties, and two Lockheed Electras. Philip Gustav Johnson, an engineer who had become president of Seattle’s Boeing Airplane Company at age 31, moved to Montreal as Vice-President of Operations, at an annual salary of $17,500, and started the engines on a history full of high moments and invention.