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Posted on 07/19/2009


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The Politics of Trans Canada Air Lines

The Politics of Trans Canada Air Lines
Just when I was leaving Airport Road to head home, I was lucky to see Air Canada's C-FZUH Airbus A319-114 in Air Canada retro livery Trans Canada Air Lines.

Trans Canada Air Lines was the English name of Air Canada. When founded in 1937, the bilingual politics of the days led to the airline being called Trans Canada Air Lines (TCA) in English and Air Canada in French. It wasn't until 1965 that Trans Canada Air Lines officially unified its identity to Air Canada, causing an uproar in the anti-French segment of society. They pointed out that the "Air Something" names were typically used by Francophone nations, like Air France, Air Afrique (of Côte d'Ivoire / Ivory Coast), Air Gabon, Air Inter and Air Caledonie etc.. They argued and protested that by adopting the name Air Canada, the country is "kowtowing" to French culture.

Weird politics eh? How Canadian!

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