Canadian Airways

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Canadian Airways
Founded 1926
Ceased operations 1941
Fleet size See Aircraft below
Destinations See Destinations below
Headquarters Canada
Key people James Armstrong Richardson
Fairchild 71C (CF-AKT) in Canadian Airways livery at the Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Canadian Airways was an airline formed when Western Canada Airways bought out Commercial. It operated through the 1930s until it was purchased by Canadian Pacific Air Lines in 1941, carrying passengers on mail planes into smaller communities.


James Armstrong Richardson established WCA in March 1926 to serve the Red Lake gold rush. It operated out of Hudson and Winnipeg's Stevenson airfield.[1] It reorganized in 1930 with the amalgamation of a number of carriers, while taking the name of one of the smaller companies it absorbed.[2][3]


Junkers W.34 preserved in Canadian Airways markings on floats at the Canada Aviation Museum at Rockcliffe near Ottawa
Replica Ju 52/1m CF-ARM at the Western Canada Aviation Museum.

Aircraft operated by Canadian Airways included:


Destinations served included:


  1. ^ WCA History
  2. ^ Molson, 1974, pp.94-246
  3. ^ Winnipeg Airport Authority Canada’s New Government Renames Winnipeg International Airport in Honour of James Armstrong Richardson 2006-12-11 retrieved 2007-12-11
  4. ^ Molson, 1974, p.97, 98, 114
  5. ^ Molson, 1974, p.105
  6. ^ Molson, 1974, pp.97, 104, 106
  7. ^ Molson, 1974, pp.99-100, 107-109, 114
  8. ^ Molson, 1974, p.115
  9. ^ Molson, 1974, p.117
  10. ^ Junkers Ju-52 - Scramble
  11. ^ Molson, 1974, p.114
  12. ^ Canadian Airways history
  13. ^ Canada Aviation Museum (undated). "Stearman 4EM Senior Speedmail". Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  14. ^ Molson, 1974, p.103
  15. ^ Alberta Heritage
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Time Table Images 1936
  17. ^ a b c d e Time Table Images 1936
  • Molson, K.M. (1974). Pioneering in Canadian Air Transport. Altona, Manitoba: D.W. Friesen & Sons. ISBN 0-91921239-5. 

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