Kitikmeot Air signs long-term pact with Nolinor Aviation
June 13, 2013, Montreal - Kitikmeot Air Ltd. has announced the conclusion of a long-term contract that will see Montreal's Nolinor Aviation provide aircraft for charters from their bases in Cambridge Bay, NU and Yellowknife, NT.
June 13, 2013 By Carey Fredericks
Nolinor Aviation has based two of their Convair 580 airplanes in the north, to be followed by a Boeing 737 later this year. No stranger to the North, Nolinor has been operating chartered flights into and around Northern Canada for more than 20 years.
"We're very excited to be working with our new partners," said Bill Lyall, president of Kitikmeot Air. "They've been working up here for a while now, and our companies can both trace their roots to the bush pilots that contributed to the growth of this region many years ago."
The Convair 580 is a robust airplane that can get in and out of the short runways of the North, needing just 3,500 feet to land and take off and can carry up to 49 passengers comfortably to their destinations, with lots of room for baggage in the cargo holds. The airplane can be operated with various configurations of passengers and cargo, as a freighter, and also as a tanker, delivering bulk fuel products to remote locations.
"We've been looking to become more active in the western arctic for a while now," said Nolinor Aviation President, Jacques Prud'homme. "We just needed to wait for the right partner to come along. We're very happy to be working with Mr. Lyall, and the Laserich Family."
With additional airplanes based in Northern Canada, Kitikmeot Air will now be able to offer charter flights for up to 49 passengers, and hopes to increase their presence in Northern Canada.