Canada 3000 Ex Monarch v1.0
Ex G-OZBB Monarch airlines a320-211, which became C-GXBB on 17/12/2000 which then leased between Canada 3000 and monarch before returning a final time to Monarch in 2003.
The airline Canada 3000 was created in 1988 by British airline Air 2000, initially for charter service to lease some of its airplanes for Canadian charter travel. The airline was denied license to operate by the National Transport Agency NTA because of the control and ownership of the UK firm. Air 2000 dropped out of an ownership position, and the airline started operations in December 1988. In May 1989, by order of the NTA, it changed its name to ‘Canada 3000’. The next year the airline acquired Vacationair and a subsidiary was created in Mexico with the name Aerofiesta. The company’s owners were the Deluce family (25%), chairman John Lecky (45%) and Adventure Tours (30%). Following the demise of Wardair, the company’s goal was to become Canada’s largest charter carrier, a position it attained in 1991.
The cover of the Canada 3000 summer of 1997 flight schedule stated the airline was serving destinations in Belgium, Denmark, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland and the U.S. as well as Canada.
In 1998, co-founder and CEO Angus Kinnear was the recipient of the Tony Jannus Award for his contributions to commercial air transportation. As of 1998, the airline carried over 2.5 million passengers annually, and had destinations in 22 countries. In April 1998, Canada 3000 became the launch customer and first commercial operator of the Airbus A330-200.