The jumbo jets arrive!
The 365-seat Boeing 747-100 goes into service in 1971, operating between Toronto and Vancouver and serving the summer routes of Toronto–London and Toronto–Montreal–Paris. The 747-100 stands three storeys to the cockpit window and weighs 340 tons. The flight team that first sees it in Seattle can’t imagine that such a huge bird can fly, but it’s 80 kilometres an hour faster than the Douglas DC-8. It’s also the airline's first aircraft with inflight entertainment, in the form of movie screens and audio programming.