In 1978, the Company acquired the regional carrier Transair Ltd. of Winnipeg. In
February 1979, in an agreement with the Canadian Transport Commission, Transair
ceased all scheduled operations east of Winnipeg and Calgary/Edmonton via Regina
and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This linked the Pacific Western/Transair systems,
completing the first step to eventual merger. On December 1, 1979, all operating
licenses and routes were transferred to Pacific Western Airlines and Transair
ceased as a regional carrier.
The Transair component provided a vital element to the success of Pacific
Western. Their equipment, people and routes complemented the services of
Pacific Western and added a segment to the much needed access to Eastern
Oct 2011 -
A picture of C-FTAN
being repainted in the new PW livery. At this time, Transair had
been part of the PW organization for a couple years and this picture would
have been taken when the company implemented the new image.
We have Karen Gillespie and her DeHavilland Tiger Moth that was
rebuilt by Transair in 1979 and spent the last 29 years in the Western Canada
Aviation Museum. Karen acquired the airplane and is actively flying it from her
own grass airstrip south of Saskatoon. Karen worked for Transair/
Pacific Western/Canadian /Canadian Regional from 1978 to 1999 in Winnipeg and
Saskatoon. The last pilot flying a Transair aircraft! FLY ON!
Interesting Article from the 60's -
Appointment A. Norman
Are you looking for famous Transair Alumni, our very own Peter Mansbridge
started his career at Churchill Airport
We are also proud to have Capt. Rosella Bjornson onboard. You can read her
The picture next to Rosella is her and her husband Bill Pratt celebrating her induction into
Canada's Aviation Hall of fame. Photo from the Netletter & Stu Russell.