From its humble beginnings in the 1950s to trans-Atlantic charter flights starting in 1962 – and years of success after that – Wardair was one of the most well-loved and well-respected airlines in the history of Canada’s aviation industry.
And when this story ran – just over a decade after Wardair started those trans-Atlantic charter flights, and certainly in Travelweek’s very earliest days – the carrier had just announced an annual profit of $913,781.
The headline for this edition of ‘It Happened This Week’ is: ‘Wardair profit tops $900,000’
The story appeared back when Travelweek was still known as CTM Weekly Bulletin. Wardair had reported a consolidated net profit of $913,781 for the previous year. Gross operating revenues were up, to $19.6 million.
Wardair’s $913,781 profit came in the same year the airline acquired its first of five Boeing 747s.
Wardair is legendary in the travel industry, and for good reason. Wardair’s top-notch service and attention to detail made flying a true pleasure, and the airline gained legions of loyal passengers. Major expansion and more international growth in the 1980s brought fierce competition from Canada’s two dominant carriers – Air Canada and Canadian Airlines. The decade ended with the 1989 sale of Wardair to PWA Corp., which owned Canadian Airlines, and ultimately the airline was absorbed into Canadian Airlines.
Wardair founder Max Ward, lauded as a true pioneer in Canada’s aviation sector, passed away in November 2020 at the age of 98.
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