Royal Aviation

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Royal Airlines
Royal Airlines logo.jpg
IATA
QN
ICAO
ROY
Callsign
Roy
Founded 1991
Ceased operations 2001
Hubs Montreal, Toronto
Focus cities Montreal, Toronto
Airport lounge none
Alliance none
Fleet size 22
Destinations Canada
Parent company Royal Aviation
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Key people Michel Leblanc

Royal Aviation was the parent of Canadian charter airline Royal Airlines, which was based at Dorval Airport. The airline was acquired in 2001 by Canada 3000, which in turn went bankrupt in the months following the events of September 11, 2001.

History[edit]

Royal Airlines Boeing 727-200

The airline was founded by Michel Leblanc in 1991.

Royal was acquired by Canada 3000 in 2001 in an all-stock deal. While the takeover/merger was touted in glowing terms in press releases, analysts quietly shared the opinion that, based on the terms of the transaction, Royal had few options and little time left. Michel Leblanc received Canada 3000 shares worth $84 million and became a Canada 3000 vice-chairman.[1]

Almost all of Royal Aviation's Royal Airlines aircraft were re-painted into the Canada 3000 livery, although some maintained a mixed livery, with the Canada 3000 logo and Royal Aviation tail design to recognize the merger between the two airlines. Canada 3000 also purchased Royal Cargo, renaming it Canada 3000 cargo. Canada 3000 cargo was later sold off and became Cargojet Airways.

Only a few months after the merger closed, Leblanc was fired from Canada 3000 on June 2001 in a bitter feud, as Canada 3000 filed a lawsuit against him for allegations of fraud and misrepresentation. However, the allegations were never proven in court and Leblanc subsequently sold off all his shares of Canada 3000 before they stopped trading.[1]

In November 2001 the entire Canada 3000 company suddenly ceased operations with no warning for travellers or employees. The company filed for bankruptcy, citing a downturn in air travel during the weeks following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. All Canada 3000 workers as well as the former Royal Aviation workers lost their jobs.

Leblanc went on to create discount airline Jetsgo in 2002 which went bankrupt in 2005, in a similar unexpected manner to Canada 3000's demise.

Fleet[edit]

Royal Airlines Boeing 757 in pre-merger colours

Royal Airlines formerly operated the following aircraft:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jetsgo's Michel Leblanc". CBC News. 2006-09-05. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Royal Aviation at Wikimedia Commons