Established in 1989 as a subsidiary of Canadian Airlines International, the airline is today 100% aboriginally owned by its parent company, Inuvialuit Development Corporation.
A fleet of eight B-737’s in all passenger configuration, four B-737’s in combi configuration and three Dash 8’s deliver people and cargo to remote locations from hubs in Edmonton and Ottawa. Two B737-200’s are equipped for landing on gravel and ice airstrips and all three Dash-8’s are equipped to land on gravel.
As a small airline, they must be flexible in the products and Canadian North operates a variety of charter services including being the official airline of the CFL.
Lately, the airline’s livery has often been seen in the background of news reports concerning carrying firefighters from all over Canada to combat wildfires in British Columbia (photos below).
They have carried volunteers from Sudbury, Dryden, Winnipeg, Halifax, Guelph, Quebec City, Val d’Or and Prince Albert and are still receiving requests.
It is nice to see that the spirit that built the Canadian airline industry is still present and participating in uniting people in a time of need.
See the links below for more information
Special thanks to Gail Quinn of Canadian North for additional information and images.