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Wardair Expands (1962)

In 1962, Max Ward decided to expand his private commercial airline to reach out to places across Canada and around the world, but he found that under the regulations of the Air Transport Board the process was very difficult.

 Wardair's A300 B4 AirbusWardair needed licenses to fly anywhere in Canada, and when applications were made to the Air Transport Board they were often denied, in the same way that Canadian Pacific’s Airlines’ applications were turned down, since the main focus under regulation was to protect the air routes of Trans Canada Airlines. The policy was based on a belief that it was important that Canada maintain a strong national carrier so that air transport in the nation would not be taken over by American carriers.

Wardair concentrated on providing charter service to organized clubs. Max Ward continued to find resourceful ways to keep ahead of the changing regulations that blocked many opportunities for private airlines in Canada to be profitable. Wardair purchased large aircraft in the 1970s and the 1980s, and won international awards for its service. In the mid-1970s Wardair became the largest charter airline in Canada.

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