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Max Ward Sells to Canadian

After PWA bought Canadian Pacific Airlines in 1986 and renamed it Canadian Airlines International, the company continued to prosper and made a profit of $30.3 million in 1988. Rhys Eyton saw an opportunity in attaining Wardair, which was showing signs of poor fiscal performance. Wardair had many successes

Max Ward, the president of Wardair, had expanded his airline too aggressively. Even though his company had been declared the best airline service in 1986 and 1987, Wardair had not gained the loyalty of travel agents, nor had it been able to get the best gates at the airports. Travellers had to walk long distances to get onto his airline and - in some cases - did not have the use of air bridges.

Even though Wardair was able to schedule regular flights to Puerto Rico, Britain, and across Canada, the debt for purchasing aircraft was not covered by the number of passengers flying on the airline.

Early in 1989, Wardair was purchased by Canadian Airlines International, which made Canadian as large as Air Canada.

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