February 27, 2014 - CANADIAN NORTH SPREADS ITS NORTHERN WINGS

FEB. 27, 2014 – CALGARY AB – Canadian North announces its multi-tiered growth plan that reaffirms its commitment as the leading airline in the North. Continued growth and support of Northern travellers on Canadian North’s scheduled passenger and cargo services has created new opportunities for expansion. The airline is proud to be offering the following enhancements:

  • Introduction of a seasonal, non-stop service between Iqaluit and Halifax, Nova Scotia, with same-plane service to St John’s, Newfoundland, effective June 20
  • Reintroduction of a new cargo aircraft from Ottawa to Iqaluit, effective March 19
  • Reinstatement of a free luggage allowance of two bags at 70lbs (33kg) each for all jet passengers, effective immediately.

“Offering additional flights to Iqaluit brings greater access for investment, business travel, tourism and freight, enabling continued economic development across Nunavut. Additionally, reinstating our free luggage allowance of two bags at 70lbs (33kg) each on our jet aircraft, is a major step towards improving our service and competitiveness,” states Steve Hankirk, President at Canadian North. “These changes represent our renewed commitment to the people and prosperity of the North.”

“This is great news. Same-day service between Nunavut and Atlantic Canada enhances Nunavut’s transportation system, and will be a big improvement for the travelling public.” Stated George Kuksuk, Minister of Economic Development & Transportation for the Government of Nunavut.

Canadian North will utilize the Boeing 737-300 aircraft, configured with 136 seats, to serve the new Iqaluit to Halifax and St John’s routing that will operate every Friday from June 20 to September 5. The following schedule will be available:

  • Flight 400 departs St. John’s NF to Halifax NS at 12:00 arriving at 13:15
  • Flight 400 departs Halifax NS to Iqaluit NU at 14:00 arriving at 16:15
  • Flight 401 departs Iqaluit NU to Halifax NS at 17:15 arriving at 21:30
  • Flight 401 departs Halifax NS to St. John’s NF at 22:15 arriving at 00:25

Depending upon the level of support for this new service, flights could be expanded and/or the season extended. In addition to the superior amenities Canadian North is traditionally known for such as complimentary seat selection, luggage allowance and hot meals, the 737-300 aircraft also offers free inflight entertainment and new leather seating. Flights and introductory pricing are now available for booking online at www.canadiannorth.com, through your travel agent, or at 1-800-661-1505.

The additional cargo aircraft will be a 727-200, operated by Cargojet, from Ottawa to Iqaluit each Wednesday, beginning March 19. The all-freight aircraft will be a great addition to the market with a cargo capacity of up to 48,000 lbs (21772kg). Pricing and service inquiries can be made through Canadian North Cargo at 1-866-663-2223.

Canadian North’s luggage allowance is now two free bags up to 70 lbs (33kg) each on all jet aircraft, including connecting flights. Those flying solely on turboprop aircraft, such as the Dash 8 or Beech 1900, will be allowed two free bags up to 50lb (23kg) each. For further luggage allowance details please refer to the Canadian North website at: http://www.canadiannorth.com/info/checked-luggage

About Canadian North
Canadian North and its founding companies (Canadian Airlines, Pacific Western Airlines, Transair, Nordair) have proudly served Canada’s North with passenger and cargo services for more than 80 years. They offer flights to Northwest Territories and flights to Nunavut through their southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa, select destinations in Manitoba and Nunavut through their partnership with Calm Air, and seasonal service to Eastern Canada. Canadian North also offers air charter services within and beyond the North for industrial clients, sports teams, and large groups. Canadian North is a member of the NorTerra Group of Companies whose parent corporation, NorTerra Inc., is owned equally by Nunasi Corporation, representing the Inuit of Nunavut; and the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic.

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For more information, please contact:
Scott Weatherall, Communications Manager
1- 780-893-0098
sweatherall@canadiannorth.com