Before we get into what aircraft Canadian low-cost airline Zoom operated, let’s first take a look at the airline and see how it came to be. The idea to create a low-cost airline offering cheap tickets to charter destinations was the idea of two Scottish brothers, John and Hugh Boyle.
The pair saw an opportunity in the Canadian leisure market for cheap winter flights to the Caribbean. Based in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, the brothers started a company called “GO Travel Direct Vacations.” It was unique because the business model eliminated travel agents by selling airline tickets directly to passengers. The money that would have gone to travel agents instead went towards making the tickets less expensive.
Zoom flew to the UK from Toronto and Ottawa
In November 2006, Zoom Airlines was launched, offering weekly flights from Toronto and Ottawa to various destinations in the United Kingdom. Following the airline’s initial success, the airline received permission from the Canadian government to offer flights between Canada and Italy.
Two years later, in 2008, things started to go wrong for Zoom, with the airline having financial difficulties. One of the airlines, Boeing 757s, was grounded at Calgary International Airport (YYC) after being refused refueling due to the company’s debts. A day later, a similar thing happened at Glasgow Airport (GLA) this time due to payments owed to the airport.
Zoom applies for protection
Zoom immediately filed for bankruptcy protection, blaming the rising cost of aviation fuel and a slowdown in air travel for its problems.
According to the airline data and statistics website, ch-aviation Zoom Airlines operated a fleet of eight aircraft consisting of the following planes:
- 1 x Airbus A320-200
- 2 x Boeing 757-200s
- 5 x Boeing 767-300ER
Zoom Airlines aircraft
The Airbus A320 registered as C-GZUM was leased from the UK’s Monarch Airlines and later scrapped at Tupelo Regional Airport (TUP) in Mississippi.
Boeing 757-200 with the registration C-GTSN was leased from Cascade Spares Inc on May 2, 2007, before going to Gatwick-based Astraeus in 2009. The aircraft is currently listed as being stored at Phoenix-Goodyear Airport (GYR) in Arizona .
Boeing 757-200 with the registration C-GTDX was leased from ILFC on August 19, 2008, before going to Air Slovakia two months later. The aircraft is listed as being scrapped at Knock Ireland West (NOC) in 2016.
Boeing 767-300ER with the registration C-GZUM was leased from Air France in 2008 before going to New York JFK Airport-based North American Airlines in December of the same year. The aircraft is still listed as being active with Cargojet Airways.
Boeing 767-300ER with the registration C-GZMM was leased from Air France in 2004 and went to Nevada-based Omni Air International in 2009. The aircraft is listed as still being active.
Boeing 767-300ER with the registration C-GZNA was leased from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 2005 and went to Edinburgh-based Fly Globespan in 2009. The aircraft is listed as currently active with Purchase, New York-headquartered Atlas Air.
Boeing 767-300ER with the registration C-GZNC was leased from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 2006 and then went to LOT Polish Airlines in 2009. The aircraft is listed as being active with Toronto-based Cargojet Airways.
Boeing 767-300ER with the registration G-UKZM was leased from Air Europa in 2007 and went to Royal Air Maroc in 2009. The aircraft is listed as currently active with DHL Air.