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The Whitehorse Star

TCA seeks U.S. license to operate Whitehorse-Fairbanks route

    Application is at the present time being made by Trans-Canada Air Lines to the Civil Aeronautics Commission in Washington, D. C., for permission to operate an air service between Whitehorse, Y. T., and Fairbanks, Alaska. It is understood that Mr. Grant McConachie, general manager, Western Lines, Canadian Pacific Air Lines Ltd., is also in attendance at Washington with the T.C.A. representatives. An agreement between the Canadian and U. S. governments was made sometime ago, whereby the route was awarded to a Canadian carrier. According to the Aviation Act of Canada the T. C. A. is the only company permitted to make application for such a license. Arrangements, have already been made whereby C. P. A. will operate the service for the T. C. A. and for an indefinite period as soon as the necessary U. S. license (which is more or less of a formality in this case) has been granted. It is hoped that the service will be put into operation in the very near future. The C. P. A. has the necessary equipment and personnel in readiness and is now awaiting the "go" signal.


The immediate post-war period saw an unprecedented rate of growth at Trans-Canada Airlines. Many ex-service personnel were brought into the airline and were trained as pilots, mechanics, radio operators and other specialists. A fleet of 27 twin-engined DC-3s which carried 21 passengers, replaced the Lockheed 14s that had made up the core of the fleet. During this period, new and important extensions of routes were also made, to both Canadian and United States communities.