Canadian Pacific Airlines CP Air: History of the Airline 1930s – 1970s


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Canadian Pacific Airlines was born from the great Canadian Pacific Steamship and Railways company that provided trans continental and overseas transport services from Canada going back to shortly after the country’s founding in 1867. Canadian Pacific Airlines was actually an amalgamation of a handful of small local airlines that were serving specialized regions within Canada in the 1930s. And from this amalgamation grew an airline that became the second largest air carrier in Canada by the time it was acquired by Air Canada in the early 2000s.

This films captures the story of Canadian Pacific Airlines from its founding in the 1930s through the mid 1970s, and was produced by the airline sometime in the early to mid 1970s. One of the final scenes in the film is a model if Concorde type super sonic aircraft painted in CP Air colours.

During World War II Canadian Pacific Airlines played its part on the war effort with its Northern Canadian Yukon and Pacific experience. And after the end of World War II, Canadian Pacific Airlines focused its international transport efforts on opening up passenger air routes between Canada across the Pacific to Japan and Hong Kong. As the jet age brought advances in the range of commercial aircraft, the airline expanded further afield to other points in Asian and Australia and New Zealand, all of which is explained in this film.

For some reason the airline chose to use a slide show presentation format in this film, instead of using motion picture moving images, which is a shame. As so little movie films have been unearthed from the Canadian Pacific Airlines archives. But the historic story of the airline’s remarkable growth is unique, and this 20 minute film is one of the few surviving historic documents on CP Air that exist. And we were fortunate enough to be able to digitize this film when we digitized Air Canada’s entire historic film archives some years back. We are pleased to present this CP Air history on JetFlix TV.

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