March 27, 2015 - Canadian North Implements Enhanced Security Protocol In Response To Germanwings Air Tragedy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2015 – Calgary AB – Effective immediately, in response to a directive issued yesterday by The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Federal Minister of Transport, Canadian North will now require two crew members to be in the flight deck of our aircraft at all times during flight. In instances where the Captain or First Officer is required to leave the flight deck, a Flight Attendant will then occupy the flight deck and will remain there until the Captain or First Officer returns.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is, and will always be, our number one priority,” said Steve Hankirk, President of Canadian North. “We have immediately taken the extra steps that have been requested by Minister Raitt in response to the tragic events of March 24, 2015 concerning Germanwings/Lufthansa flight 4U9525, so that we can give those that travel with us additional peace of mind.”

This enhanced protocol is just one component of Canadian North’s comprehensive policies and procedures that are in place to ensure the utmost level of safety at all times. In particular, all pilots hired by Canadian North are required to hold an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), the highest level of aviation certification, and must have at least 3,500 hours of previously logged flight time. After being hired, Canadian North pilots must complete roughly ten weeks of training, exams, and flight tests before they are certified to fly. They then receive additional testing and training every six months, and are required to undergo a yearly medical examination.

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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. Offering scheduled flights to 19 destinations, Canadian North’s close-to 900 employees proudly serve the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, via the southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa. Canadian North is also the premier provider of fly-in/fly-out charter services for large resource sector clients requiring safe, efficient and economical air transportation. Charter flights are also offered across North America for sports teams, cruise lines and large groups. Canadian North is a subsidiary of NorTerra Inc., which is owned by the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic. For more information please visit

For more information, please contact:
Kelly Lewis, Communications Manager
Canadian North Inc.
Telephone: 1.403.648.6101