Trans-Canada Air Lines

Early Jetliners to Florida

Trans-Canada Air Lines Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) began flights from Toronto to Tampa in 1950 with Lockheed Constellation aircraft. In 1960, a DC-8-43 flew the first jet service of Canada's national flag carrier from Montreal to Vancouver via Toronto and as well, the larger Vickers Vanguard prop-jet was introduced.

In 1962, Trans-Canada Air Lines replaced their Vickers Vanguards on the Toronto - Tampa route with Douglas DC-8-40 jet aircraft. The Vanguards continued on peak season Montreal - Tampa weekend service. TCA was renamed "Air Canada" in 1965, using the same name in both English and French.


Sample one-way fares from Toronto to Tampa: First class $91; Day coach $67; All fares are in U.S. dollars.


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DC8 - Trans-Canada Air Lines
Douglas DC-8 Trans-Canada Air Lines
Series: 40 Engines: 4 x RR Conway R.Co.12 Thrust: 17500lb (7938kg) Wingspan: 142ft (43m) Length: 150ft (46m) Height: 42ft (13m) Passengers: 177 Max weight: 315000lb (142884kg) Range: 6110mi (9833km) Max cruise: 555mph (893kph)
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