July 13, 2016 - Schedule enhancements announced to Yellowknife - Rankin Inlet - Iqaluit route

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 13, 2016 Canadian North and First Air are pleased to announce changes to their respective Yellowknife ↔ Rankin Inlet ↔ Iqaluit schedules. Beginning the week of August 15, 2016, flights between these communities will begin operating on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from the current Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday schedule. Canadian North’s Boeing 737 will move from Thursday to a Monday operation.

This revised flight schedule, developed in response to customer and stakeholder input, will better align with the needs of leisure, corporate and group travel customers. As a result of this change, convenient “Monday to Friday” and “Friday to Monday” itinerary options will now be available on this route. The following table summarizes the improved flight schedule that will take effect August 15, 2016:

“The thrice weekly Trans-Arctic flight offering is a critical link between our eastern and western route networks for both travellers and cargo customers,” said Peter McCart, Senior Vice President, Scheduled Services at Canadian North. “We are very pleased to better address customer needs by shifting to a Monday – Wednesday – Friday schedule, while continuing to benefit from the efficiencies made possible through our codeshare agreement with First Air”.

“We’re delighted to again be able to offer Monday, Wednesday and Friday services on this route, thanks to the immediate feedback given by our customers”, said Bert van der Stege, Vice President Commercial at First Air. “Throughout the first year of codesharing, we’ve always said that we take feedback very serious. As long as desired changes can be implemented economically, we’re always keen on improvements to better serve our customers”, he said.

Flights within the revised schedules are now available for booking with each airline through their standard methods – via the web, by telephone or through your travel agent.


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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, with scheduled flights to 17 destinations in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, via the southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa. Canadian North is also the premier provider of air charter services for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out charter services, as well as charter flights 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.

About First Air
With 70 years of flying experience, First Air is the largest scheduled airline in Canada’s Arctic. Together with its codeshare partner airlines, First Air is providing scheduled services to 30 northern communities and offers connections to the southern gateways of Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton with its fleet of Boeing 737-400 and ATR 42 300/500 aircraft.

For more information, please contact:

Kelly Lewis, Communications Manager
Canadian North Inc.
200, 580 Palmer Road NE
Calgary, AB T2E 7R3
Telephone: 1.403.648.6101
Mobile: 1.403.589.8781
Email: klewis@canadiannorth.com

Jackie Dankwa, Manager Marketing & Customer Experience
First Air
20 Cope Drive
Ottawa, ON, K2M 2V8
Telephone: 1.613.254.6310
Mobile: 1.613.296.9699
Email: mediarelations@firstair.ca