Based in Canada by Royal Aviation proprietor Michel Leblanc in 1991, Royal Airways was a Canadian airline that operated each home and worldwide scheduled passenger flights and charters.
Based mostly at what’s now Montréal–Trudeau Worldwide Airport (YUL), the airline had, in response to aviation fanatic web site planespotters.internet, a fleet of 26 plane comprised of the next planes:
- 4 x Airbus A310s
- 2 x Airbus A320s
- 13 x Boeing 737s
- 6 x Boeing 757s
- 1 x Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Royal Airways provided each home and worldwide flights
Throughout Royal Airways’ ten-year existence, it provided flights from Montreal to the next locations in Canada, the US, and Europe:
- Charlottetown Airport YYG (PEI)
- Edmonton Worldwide Airport (YEG)
- Halifax Stanfield Worldwide Airport (YHZ)
- Toronto Pearson Worldwide Airport (YYZ)
- Vancouver Worldwide Airport (YVR)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport (FLL)
- St. Pete–Clearwater Worldwide Airport (PIE)
- Orlando Worldwide Airport (MCO)
- Daniel Ok. Inouye Worldwide Airport (HNL)
- Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
- Munich Worldwide Airport
- Berlin Tempelhof Airport (THF)
- London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
- Manchester Airport (MAN)
Canada 3000 buys Royal Aviation
On Monday, January 29, 2001, Montreal-based Canada 3000 introduced they have been shopping for Royal Aviation Inc for $84 million in an all-stock deal. The acquisition would make, on the time, Canada 3000 one of many largest passenger airways in Canada, second solely to Air Canada.
When talking concerning the acquisition in an announcement carried by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), the chairman of Canada 3000, John Lecky, stated:
“The mixed airline represents a superb match and brings collectively Canada 3000’s long-haul, worldwide providers with Royal’s short-haul home capabilities. This can be a really nationwide and worldwide airline, providing frequency, the bottom fares, and broad-based glorious service.”
Regardless of the optimistic speak, airline analysts believed that based mostly on the phrases of the sale, Royal Airways had only a few choices and was working out of time to discover a means to not go bankrupt.
Nearly all Royal Aviation’s planes have been repainted in Canada 3000 livery, however just a few maintained a combined livery maintaining the Royal Aviation blue and gold tail together with the Canada 3000 emblem.
On the identical time, Canada 3000 additionally bought Royal Cargo Airways and renamed it Canada 3000 Cargo. The cargo arm of the airline was later offered and is now often known as Cargojet Airways.
Regardless of being made vice chairman of Canada 3000, Michel Leblanc was fired just a few months later and sued by Canada 3000 for fraud and misrepresentation. Allegations have been by no means confirmed in court docket, and Leblanc offered all his Canada 3000 inventory.
Canada 3000 ceases all operations
Ten months after buying Royal Aviation Canada 3000, they all of a sudden ceased all operations with out warning vacationers or staff. In its chapter submitting, Canada 3000 cited a large downturn in air journey following the September 11, 2001 terrorist assaults in the US.
All Canada 3000 staff and the previous Royal Airways staff misplaced their jobs. A yr later, in 2002, Michel Leblanc began a low-cost airline referred to as “Jetsgo.” However three years later, in 2005, underneath comparable circumstances to what had simply occurred to Canada 3000, Jetsgo ceased all operations.
Sources: CBC and planespotters.internet