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Canadian North launches new route

Canadian North has announced that it has upgraded its daily service between Iqaluit and Ottawa with the successful introduction of a newer, larger and more comfortable Boeing 737-300 Combi aircraft on Monday, January 2, 2017.

January 10, 2017  By Canadian North

Canadian North passengers travelling between Iqaluit and Ottawa will now enjoy an enhanced inflight experience thanks to
the aircraft’s comfortable leather seating, inflight entertainment system, significantly larger overhead luggage bins and
quieter cabin.

“We are pleased to upgrade our daily passenger and cargo service between Iqaluit and Ottawa with larger and more efficient
737-300 Combi aircraft – a major milestone for our airline,” said Steve Hankirk, President of Canadian North. “The
introduction of this exceptionally versatile and comfortable aircraft type, combined with our unyielding commitment to safety
and outstanding customer service will ensure that we stand out against our competition on this important gateway route for
many years to come.”

This versatile aircraft, which features a moveable bulkhead to accommodate multiple combinations of cargo and passengers,
is ideally suited to northern operations thanks to its larger size and flexibility. It offers substantially greater passenger and
cargo capacity versus Canadian North’s 737-200 Combi aircraft which previously served this market.

It also creates a smaller carbon footprint, burning 20% less fuel than older 737-200 aircraft.


The Ottawa-Iqaluit route serves as a vital link between Southern Canada and communities of the Qikiqtaaluk region. It also
connects to communities in the Kivalliq, Kitikmeot and Northwest Territories via the Monday-Wednesday-Friday Trans-Arctic

Canadian North is now in the process of completing its second 737-300 Combi conversion. When completed, Canadian North
will operate two versatile and efficient 737-300 Combi aircraft, with one dedicated to serving the Mackenzie Valley market
and one devoted to service between Iqaluit and Ottawa.


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