McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
Canadian Airlines International was Canada's second largest airline in the period 1987-2001. It was the result of a merger after the takover in 1987 by Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) of Canadian Pacific Airlines (CP Air), Eastern Provincial Airways (EPA) and Nordair. Later another Canadian airline, Wardair, was swallowed by PWA. In 2000 Canadian itself was taken over by Air Canada.
PWA took over the CP Air fleet, which included several widebody types: the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and the Boeing 747-400. CP Air had ordered the 767 at the moment of the takeover. Wardair operated the 747, DC-10 and Airbus A310.
Fourteen DC-10 aircraft came from CP Air: eleven DC-10-30s plus three DC-10-10s leased from United Airlines for a short period. Later three more DC-10-30s were added to the fleet so that Canadian operated a total of 17 DC-10s. The last aircraft of the type were phased out in early 2000. The DC-10 was replaced in the Canadian fleet by the Boeing 767-300ER.
The large photograph shows a DC-10 taxiing at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport. In the name 'Canadian' the last A was replaced by the airline's logo so that you could read it as 'Canadian' and 'Canadien' (English or French). One Canadian DC-10, C-FCRE, had employee signatures painted on the fuselage, engine nacelles and tail (photo below).