March 1, 1939. Flying Lockheed 14 Super Electras like the one shown above (Wikipedia) and Model 18 Lodestars, Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA) begins intercontinental service from Montreal to Vancouver. TCA, the forerunner of Air Canada, would quickly grow to 500 employees and go on to become Canada’s largest airline known around the world for the distinctive maple leaf tail.
Quite fitting that this milestone be celebrated just as Air Canada’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner emerged from the paint shop earlier today.
(787 photo originally posted on Twitter)