Airlines Remembered

Canada 3000

Photos © R.Leeuw


Homebase:Toronto-Int'l (Ont.) & Montreal-Dorval (Que.), Canada
Founded: 1989
ICAO callsign: Elite
Flightnbr prefix IATA: 2T / ICAO: CMM
Operations: passengers and cargo

It came as a shock and to most quite unexpectedly: Canada 3000 went bankrupt and abruptly stopped flying on nov.09th 2001. The second-largest carrier in Canada, Canada 3000 seemed to be a victim of gross mismanagement, intense pressure from Air Canada, and a downright wacky route network. One example: in the middle of the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan, Canada 3000 nevertheless launched a route to India on October 8. It also bungled its recent purchase of Royal Airlines, a low-fare carrier based in the Atlantic Provinces. With Canada 3000 off the route map, about 80 of Canada's 100 largest destinations are now served only by Air Canada. Ironically, on the day Canada 3000 went under, Canada's Transport Ministry was about to rule that Air Canada's low-fare start-up, Tango, was unfairly competing with Canada 3000.

A330 close to take off on runway 01L Amsterdam

When nothing seemed wrong: A330 C-GGWA (msn205) on a take off roll on runway 01L at Amsterdam Int'l Airport, may 19th 2001. There were no rumors about financial difficulties, but then no one could foresee the events of sep. 11th 2001, when terrorist actions shook the world.
The carrier reported bookings fell from 95,000 a week before 11 September to between 45,000 and 66,000, depriving it of much-needed cash.
Canada 3000 carried about 5 million passengers a year to 100 destinations worldwide, including Gatwick, Manchester, and Glasgow in the UK.

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A320 on finals into Calgary Int'l Airport

After Air Canada had taken over Canadian Airlines International, the next largest player was Canada 3000. And Canada 3000 expanded both its international and national routings. A320s were used on domestic flights, as we see here A320 C-GVXE (msn645) on final approach into Calgary Int'l Airport on a nice summer's day in august 1999.

Canada 3000 timeline:
-March 22, 2001 - Royal Airlines shareholders approve Canada 3000 takeover bid
-Apr. 24, 2001 - Federal government approves Canada 3000 takeover of CanJet
-Nov. 8, 2001 - Airline granted creditor protection for 30 days - announces 1,500 layoffs
-Nov. 9, 2001 - company grounds planes


Registration Type construction nbr
C-FJLT Boeing 737-2A9C 20206 Freighter
C-FNAJ Boeing 737-201 (A) 22354 / 736  
C-FNAP Boeing 737-242C 20496 / 268 Y122 or Frtr
C-FNAQ Boeing 737-242C 20455 / 254 Y122 or Frtr
C-FNAX Boeing 737-201 (A) 21815 / 589  
C-FRYG Boeing 737-2H4 (A) 21721 / 553  
C-FRYH Boeing 737-201 (A) 21816 / 592  
C-FRYL Boeing 737-2H4 (A) 21970 / 613  
C-GCDG Boeing 737-2E1 (F) (A) 20776 / 328  
C-GDCC Boeing 737-2E1 (F) (A) 20681 / 319 Freighter
C-GEIM Boeing 737-201 (A) 22355 / 741  
C-GEIM Boeing 737-201 (A) 22355 / 741  
C-GNAU Boeing 737-201 (A) 21817 / 602  
C-GRYY Boeing 737-201 (A) 22275 / 687  
C-GVXA Airbus A320-212 397  
C-GVXB Airbus A320-212 409  
C-GVXC Airbus A320-212 427  
C-GVXD Airbus A320-212 579  
C-GVXE Airbus A320-212 645  
C-GVXF Airbus A320-212 671  
C-GXBB Airbus A320-212 389 lsf Monarch in winter
C-FOOE Boeing 757-28A 24369 / 226 sub-lst JMC as G-JMCF
C-FOOH Boeing 757-23A 24293 / 220  
C-FOON Boeing 757-28A 28161 / 723  
C-FXOF Boeing 757-28A 24544 / 280  
C-FXOK Boeing 757-23A (ET) 24924 / 333  
C-FXOO Boeing 757-2Q8 25621 / 457  
C-GRYK Boeing 757-236 25593 / 466  
C-GRYO Boeing 757-236 24118 / 163  
C-GRYZ Boeing 757-236 24119 / 167  
C-GRYA Airbus A310-304 448  
C-GRYD Airbus A310-304 435  
C-GRYV Airbus A310-304 440  
C-GGWA Airbus A330-202 205  
C-GGWB Airbus A330-202 211  
C-GGWC Airbus A330-202 272  
C-GGWD Airbus A330-202 339  

Source: JP Airline Fleets 2001/02


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