CP Air was founded in 1945. CP Air began operating in 1952. The airline closed in 2007.

Fleet Edit

Aircraft Dates Operated Notes # operated
Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation 1952-1987 3
de Havilland DH 106 Comet 1954-1993 1 preserved, 8
Douglas DC-3 1952-2002 1 in service with Buffalo Airways, 1 abandoned in British Columbia mountians. 3
Lockheed L-1011-500 Tristar 1979-2003 1 preserved 8
Boeing 767-300ER 2003-2007 All 8 sent to LOT; 7 in service; 1 scrapped after operating LOT Flight 16 8
Boeing 747-300 1984-2004 1 to PIA, 4 to boneyard, 1 destroyed after CP170 6
Boeing 747-400 2004-2007 4 in service with KLM, 1to boneyard, 1 scrapped after accident on CP5. 6
Boeing 737-100 1969-1989 1 preserved, 1 scrapped 2
Boeing 737-300 1989-2007 2 in service with Southwest Airlines, 1 in service with Arke 4
Boeing 720 1960-2000 2
Boeing 737-700 2000-2007 1 to boneyard. 3

In-Flight Service Edit

CP Air offered a 2-class configuration on all aircraft. Food and drinks were complimentary on flights. Most flights offered a full meal and complimentary alcohol.

Incidents/Accidents Edit

On average CP Air had an accident every 6 years.CP Air had numerous accidents including:

  • CP102, December 5, 1953, a Douglas DC-3 crashed in the mountains in upper BC, where it remains. All of the 28 passengers and crew survived. The plane ran out of fuel.
  • CP9088, May 2 1957, a de Havilland DH 106 Comet, exploded shortly after take-off killing all of the 48 passengers and crew. The cause was a fire that started on the landing gear and eventually spread into the cabin and the fuel tanks.
  • August 7, 1965, a Boeing 720 skidded off the runway at Vancouver, injuring 2 people. The aircraft was put back into service.
  • CP4, November 17, 1971, a Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation made an emergency landing at Calgary after take-off from Vancouver. A passenger threatened a flight attendant with a knife and said he would blow up the plane. When restrained, he severely injured 2 crew members and a passenger. 4 other passenger were injured. The passenger was identified as Howard McDonald. McDonald was arrested upon landing at Calgary. A fake armed bomb and a fake gun was discovered in McDonald's suitcase.
  • August 30, 1974, a Douglas DC-3 skidded off the runway at Whitehorse. The aircraft was put back into service.
  • CP170, April 4, 1984, a Boeing 747-300 landed in Miami without the landing gear down. The crew could not get the landing gear down and were forced to make a belly landing. 18 of the 239 passengers were injured upon evacuation. About 75 seconds after all passengers were evacuated, the aircraft exploded.
  • March 1, 1999, a Boeing 720 lost engine power over Seattle and landed at Seattle Airport. All of the passengers were unharmed.
  • CP404, December 2, 2001, a Boeing 737-700 skidded off the runway at Chicago in snowy conditions injuring 7 passengers and a crew member.
  • CP5, August 14, 2007, a Boeing 767-300ER from Vancouver to Honolulu, crashed into the Pacific ocean after hitting birds. A month later, on September 19, 2007, the airline ceased operations and closed.
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