The inaugural revenue flight of the new Canadian airline OWG has departed from Pearson International Airport in Toronto to Santa Clara Abel Santamaria Airport in Cuba.
The airline is partnering with Canadian passenger and cargo charter carrier Nolinor Aviation, which announced plans to launch the new brand in July amid the Corona virus crisis.
The flight N5730 took off from Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport at 11:11 local time and arrived in Toronto at 12:08 local time, according to flight surveillance website Flightware.com. It left Toronto at 13:23 local time and is scheduled to land in Cuba three hours later. It is also unclear whether the flight from Montreal to Toronto was a revenue flight or the plane was relocated.
An OWG representative confirmed by email that this was the flight’s first scheduled flight, but additional details were not immediately available.
The Montreal-based carrier, which has operated charter and special flights in the far north of Canada for nearly three decades, said on July 7 it would like to take a portion of the holiday travel market from Canada’s established market leaders.
Nolinor said it had purchased several Boeing 737-400s with 158 seats for OWG earlier this year and had received approval from the Government of Canada on July 6 to begin international service. The airline has been “secretly working since 2018 to develop a new airline that will position them in the tourist aviation market”. It said it had invested more than $ 1 million in a think tank to rediscover what was being done in the industry.
The result is an airline called OWG, which means “we are going”.
OWG’s scheduled release date has been postponed due to a global health epidemic. Initially, the company said flights would be launched on or around August 31st.