R1 Airlines

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R1 Airlines Ltd.
Founded 2003
Fleet size 8[1]
Parent company Regional Express Aviation Ltd.
Headquarters Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Key people John Binder (CEO) and Eric Edmondson (President)
Website http://www.r1airlines.ca/

R1 Airlines Ltd., formerly known as Regional 1, is a regional airline based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was established and started operations in August 2003 and operated scheduled services in Western Canada.[2] On September 11, 2005, the airline ceased providing scheduled operations and focused entirely on providing charter services.[citation needed]


Prior to September 11, the airline served the following 5 cities in western Canada[citation needed]:

Former Regional 1 Bombardier Dash 8 at Cambridge Bay Airport used daily to carry workers to Hope Bay Aerodrome. Aircraft now operated by Provincial Airlines Limited of Newfoundland and Labrador

Historically they operated one aircraft in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, flying for the World Food Programme, under the auspices of MONUC. The company also operated two Dash 8 and two DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft for Flamingo Air in Haiti, until operations were halted after the fall of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Police fleeing insurgents in Cap-Haïtien hijacked one Dash 8 on the ramp and forced the crew to fly them to Port-au-Prince, and during the takeoff roll the aircraft came under fire but was not damaged.[citation needed]


According to Transport Canada the R1 Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of March 2014):[1]

Aircraft Variants Count Notes
Bombardier Dash 8 Series 100, Series 200, Series 300 5 37–39 passengers (100 and 200), 50 passengers (300)
Bombardier CRJ200 CRJ100, CRJ200 3 50 passengers

On the R1 website at least one Beechcraft 1900 is listed.[3]

Merger with Air Georgian[edit]

On November 15, 2013, Regional 1 and Air Georgian completed a joint venture through the creation of a parent company, Regional Express Aviation Ltd. (“REAL”), based in Calgary, Alberta and then rebranded under the name of R1 Airlines Ltd.[4] Air Georgian and R1 Airlines both benefit from having access to the world’s largest private fleet of Dash 8 and CRJ series aircraft, over CAD100million in spare parts and domestic maintenance bases located throughout Canada.


  1. ^ a b Transport Canada: Canadian Civil Aircraft Register, enter Regional 1 in the "Owner name" box. Retrieved on 08 March 2014
  2. ^ Flight International 12-18 April 2005
  3. ^ Fleet
  4. ^ Georgian and Regional 1 Complete Joint Venture

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