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Hey folks, does anybody have any info on Sound Air from longer ago than I care say I remember. Specifically company logo/ letterhead styling. 


A friend reaching retirement worked worked there once upon a time and we are trying to put together a montage of company logos. This one has, so far, proved elusive. 



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Airline Name:Soundair Express

Last Updated: 9th July 2018
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Dates: 1989* - 1990
Code: -- : ---
Genealogy:Soundair >Soundair Express
Aircraft:Convair CV.580

Soundair took over Aero Trades Western & OSAS (Owen Sound Air Services). Also in 1984 Soundair dropped its passengers operations and concentrated on its cargo operations. Soundair expanded operations by starting Commuter Express for scheduled commuter flights using Fairchild Metros. With a contract to feed Air Canada at Toronto Pearson International Airport the name was changed to Air Toronto and the Metros were replaced with Jetstream 31 aircraft. It was then in Jun1988 that Odyssey International was founded to operate charter leisure flights. In 1987 Soundair was renamed to Soundair Express. Soundair Express was a division of Soundair Corporation, which went into bankruptcy in April 1990. Its Air Toronto division was bought by Canadian Airlines International in July 1991, and Odyssey International was bought by Wardair, in 1990

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Decision No. 484-A-1991

September 6, 1991

September 6, 1991

IN THE MATTER OF the Proposed Acquisitions of certain of the assets of Soundair Corporation carrying on business as Air Toronto by 174590 Canada Inc., and the Proposed Acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of 174590 Canada Inc. by Frontier Air Ltd. carrying on business as Canadian Frontier and Part VII of the National Transportation Act, 1987, R.S.C., 1985, c. 28 (3rd Supp.).

File No. D2705-91/7


(i) Events

On April 8, 1991, the National Transportation Agency (hereinafter the Agency) received notice, pursuant to section 252 of the National Transportation Act, 1987 (hereinafter the NTA, 1987), of the proposed acquisition by 174590 Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Soundair Corporation (hereinafter Soundair), of certain of the assets of an operating division of Soundair operating as Air Toronto. On April 5, 1991, the Agency received notice that Frontier Air Ltd. carrying on business as Canadian Frontier, proposed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of 174590 Canada Inc. The proposed acquires were informed on May 10, 1991 that their respective notices were complete.

The Agency published notice of the proposed acquisitions in the Canada Gazette on May 11, 1991. On June 10, 1991, the Agency received an objection from the law firm McGrady, Askew and Fiorillo, Counsel for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge No. 721 (hereinafter the Union).

The Agency received answers to the objection from 174590 Canada Inc. on July 2, 1991, and from Canadian Frontier on July 8, 1991. As the deadline for the filing of answers imposed by the General Rules of the National Transportation Agency was July 2, 1991, the answer from Canadian Frontier was late, therefore, it was rejected by the Agency and returned to Canadian Frontier.

(ii) Existing Structure of Air Toronto and Canadian Frontier

Soundair (currently in receivership) operating as Air Toronto, is subject to the legislative jurisdiction of the Parliament of Canada and is licensed to provide international scheduled services. Under the Canada/United States Regional, Local and Commuter Services Agreement (hereinafter the Agreement), Air Toronto is authorized to operate between Toronto, Ontario and the following points in the United States: co-terminals Dayton/Columbus, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky; co-terminals Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Michigan, South Bend, Indiana, Madison/Green Bay, Wisconsin; co-terminals Harrisburg/Allentown, Pennsylvania; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Indianapolis, Indiana; Cincinnati, Ohio; co-terminals Youngstown/Akron, Ohio; and co-terminals Syracuse/Albany, New York.

The Minister of Transport has endorsed 174590 Canada Inc., which proposes to carry on business as Air Toronto, in lieu of Soundair, currently operating as Air Toronto, as the Canadian carrier eligible to operate the following services under the Agreement: Toronto and the co-terminals Dayton/Columbus/Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky; Toronto and the co-terminals Harrisburg/Allentown, Pennsylvania; Toronto and Indianapolis, Indiana; Toronto and the co-terminals Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Toronto and the co-terminals Syracuse/Albany, New York.

PWA Corporation, a holding company, has an interest in Canadian Frontier through its ownership of Canadian Regional Airlines Limited and Ontario Express Ltd. Canadian Frontier, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ontario Express Ltd. carrying on business as Canadian Partner/Partenaire Canadien, is associated with Time Air Inc., Calm Air International Ltd., Canair Cargo Ltd., Air Atlantic Ltd., Canadian Airlines International Ltd. carrying on business under the firm name and style of either Canadian Airlines International or Canadi*n1 (hereinafter Canadian Airlines International) and Inter-Canadian Inc.

(iii) Proposed Transactions

174590 Canada Inc. proposes to acquire certain of the assets of Air Toronto. Canadian Frontier proposes to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of 174590 Canada Inc. in exchange for cash and a portion of future revenues of 174590 Canada Inc. This is proposed to occur after the receiver of Soundair, Ernst & Young Inc., transfers the right, title, and interest in the Air Toronto assets from Soundair to 174590 Canada Inc.


The Union, which represents certain of the employees of Canadian Airlines International and Ontario Express Ltd., claims that both proposed acquisitions are against the public interest as defined in section 4 and subsection 3(1) of the NTA, 1987 which "includes provision for a safe, economic, efficient and adequate network of viable and effective transportation services". It is claimed that one of the objectives of these proposed acquisitions is to transfer some work otherwise covered in existing collective agreements from Canadian Airlines International and associated airlines to the airlines here being acquired. By such transfers, it is claimed that the transferred airlines will then operate without the elaborate provisions that have been negotiated by the Union, and which bear directly on matters of public interest, such as safety, economic operation of the airlines, efficiency, and adequacy. These are stated to be aspects of the public interest which are delineated in section 4 and subsection 3(1) of the NTA, 1987.

The Union states that the relevant collective agreements with Canadian Airlines International and with associated airlines include provisions dealing with caps on overtime designed to protect employees and the public, and also extensive provisions in the collective agreements with Canadian Airlines International relating to the skill level, certification and qualifications of various employees, all of which have a direct impact on air safety.

The Union contends that the public interest provisions of the NTA, 1987 ought to be read in conjunction with the legislative objectives of Part I of the Canada Labour Code, R.S.C., 1985, c. L-2 (hereinafter the Canada Labour Code). The objectives of the Preamble in Part I include "the promotion of the common well-being through the encouragement of free collective bargaining and the constructive settlement of disputes...".


(i) Part VII of the NTA, 1987

Part VII of the NTA, 1987 provides a statutory mechanism to ensure that structural changes in the transportation industry, brought about by acquisitions of interests, or increased interests, in Canadian transportation undertakings, do not adversely affect the public interest. The Agency is empowered to review a proposed acquisition when an objection is received from a person who is of the opinion that the proposed acquisition is against the public interest.

In the circumstances set out under Part VII of the NTA, 1987, an acquiring party must notify the Agency of a proposed acquisition of a transportation undertaking. When the Agency is required to review a proposed acquisition, the statutory deadline for issuing a decision on a proposed acquisition is one hundred and twenty (120) days from the date it issues a receipt of the complete notice. Any person wishing to object to a proposed acquisition must do so within thirty (30) days of the date of publication of a notice of the proposed acquisition in the Canada Gazette.

In its decision following the review of a proposed acquisition, the Agency must decide whether, in its opinion, the proposed acquisition is against or not against the public interest; if the Agency decides it is against the public interest, the Agency must disallow it.

Within thirty (30) days from the date of any decision the Agency may render, in respect of a proposed acquisition the Governor in Council, on its own motion, or on application by any person, may rescind that decision.

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