Canadian National Airways (CNA) was a Canadian airline that operated from 1928 to 1942. It was initially established as a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway (CNR) to provide air transportation services. CNA had its headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, and operated domestic flights within Canada.
During its operation, Canadian National Airways expanded its network and introduced new air routes across the country. The airline used various types of aircraft, including the Fairchild FC-2 and Ford Trimotor, for its passenger and cargo services.
However, due to financial difficulties and the impact of World War II, Canadian National Airways faced significant challenges. In 1942, the airline suspended its operations and ultimately ceased to exist. The assets of the airline were later sold to Trans-Canada Air Lines (now Air Canada), which became the national carrier of Canada.
Canadian National Airways played a significant role in the development of aviation in Canada during its existence. Although short-lived, it contributed to the growth of air travel within the country and set the stage for the establishment of a national airline.