After 38 years of flight, Air Canada completed the commercial operation of the Boeing 767 airliners on June 2.
The last flight under the call signs of the airline Boeing 767-300ER 1989 release with the registration of C-FTCA made from Montreal to Toronto.
Over the years, Air Canada used 49 Boeing 767 different modifications.
The first in its fleet in October 1982 was the 767-200 C-GAUB. On February 14, 2183, he began serving transcontinental flights of an air carrier.
From 1982 to 1996, the airline received 26 Boeing 767, another 23 such airliners replenished its fleet after the absorption in 2001 of a competitor – Canadian Airlines.
The most famous Air Canada aircraft was the Boeing 767-200 with the registration of C-GAUN, which received the nickname Gimli glider.
The aircraft, which was new at that time and was only transferred from the factory, was registered with C-GAUN and on July 23, 1983, made an internal Air Canada flight No. 144 from Montreal to Edmonton, when at an altitude of 12,000 both engines were switched off in turn.
The flight crew included two pilots – aircraft commander Robert Pearson and co-pilot Maurice Quintal. When it became clear that the plane could not reach the reserve airport, Quintal offered to land at Gimli Air Base, where he served in the military. Landing without working engines was helped by the experience of a commander who flew gliders.
In the incident, none of the 61 passengers and eight crew members who were on board were seriously injured. The resulting fire in the bow of the aircraft was extinguished using fire extinguishers.
An investigation revealed that the engines in the Boeing 767 were shut off due to full fuel consumption.
2 days after landing, the aircraft was brought into a condition suitable for a ferry flight, and then it flew to Winnipeg for basic repairs. This Boeing 767 was rebuilt and flew 25 years. The last commercial flight of Air Canada, he made in January 2008 and was decommissioned.