Air Inuit

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Air Inuit
Air Inuit logo.svg
Air Inuit HQ.jpg
Air Inuit headquarters at the Montreal-Trudeau Airport
IATA ICAO Callsign
3H[1] AIE[2] INUIT
FoundedNovember 1978; 43 years ago (1978-11)
AOC #Canada 2955,[3]
United States ILLF043F[4]
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer programIsaruuk Reward Program
Fleet size29[5]
Parent companyMakivik Corporation
HeadquartersSaint-Laurent, Quebec
Key peopleChristian Busch (President, Air Inuit)
A Twin Otter at Beechey Island visiting the graves of sailors from the lost expedition of John Franklin
One of Air Inuit's two Boeing 737-200s, at Val-d'Or Airport.
A DeHavilland DHC-8-102 belonging to Air Inuit at Cornwall, Ontario, May 2005

Air Inuit (Inuktitut: ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᖓᑦᑕᔪᖏᑦ) is an airline based in the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada.[7] It operates domestic passenger services and charter and cargo services in Nunavik, Labrador and Nunavut. Its main base is Kuujjuaq Airport.[8]


The airline was established and started operations in 1978 using a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver aircraft. The airline is collectively owned by the Inuit of Nunavik through the Makivik Corporation.[9]

In 1984 acquired Chaparal Charters and its fleet of two Twin Otters and one DC-3.[10]

In 2012, Air Inuit relocated their headquarters to a new multi-purpose facility on Côte-Vertu Boulevard near the Montréal–Trudeau International Airport.[9]

In 2016, Air Inuit pilot Melissa Haney became the first female Inuk pilot to reach the rank of captain. She was featured on a commemorative postage stamp released by the Canadian Ninety-Nines.[11]


Air Inuit operates scheduled services to the following domestic destinations (February 2021):[6]

Scheduled flights[edit]

Province Community/City IATA ICAO Airport Notes
Newfoundland and Labrador Wabush YWK CYWK Wabush Airport
Nunavut Sanikiluaq YSK CYSK Sanikiluaq Airport
Quebec Akulivik AKV CYKO Akulivik Airport
Aupaluk YPJ CYLA Aupaluk Airport
Inukjuak YPH CYPH Inukjuak Airport
Ivujivik YIK CYIK Ivujivik Airport
Kangiqsualujjuaq XGR CYLU Kangiqsualujjuaq (Georges River) Airport
Kangiqsujuaq YWB CYKG Kangiqsujuaq (Wakeham Bay) Airport
Kangirsuk YKG CYAS Kangirsuk Airport
Kuujjuaq YVP CYVP Kuujjuaq Airport Hub
Kuujjuarapik YGW CYGW Kuujjuarapik Airport
Radisson (La Grande) YGL CYGL La Grande Rivière Airport Hub
Montreal YUL CYUL Montréal–Trudeau International Airport Hub
Puvirnituq YPX CYPX Puvirnituq Airport
Quaqtaq YQC CYHA Quaqtaq Airport
Quebec City YQB CYQB Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Salluit YZG CYZG Salluit Airport
Schefferville YKL CYKL Schefferville Airport
Sept-Îles YZV CYZV Sept-Îles Airport
Tasiujaq YTQ CYTQ Tasiujaq Airport
Umiujaq YUD CYMU Umiujaq Airport


Air Inuit also offers other charter services to anywhere in North America.[12]


As of May 2021, the Air Inuit fleet includes the following aircraft:[5]

Air Inuit fleet
Aircraft Number[5] Variants Notes[13]
Beechcraft Super King Air 4 300 Series Listed as 350 at Air Inuit, 11 passengers
Boeing 737 4 200 Series Combi aircraft, able to operate from gravel airstrips, 112 passengers
Boeing 737 Classic 1 300 Series Up to 130 passengers
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 7 300 Series 3,200 lb (1,500 kg) cargo, 19 passengers
De Havilland Canada Dash 8 13 100 Series, 300 Series Two 100 Series combi aircraft, 37 seat maximum, 7,800 lb (3,500 kg) cargo; eleven 300 Series combi and cargo aircraft, 45 seat maximum, 13,500 lb (6,100 kg)
Total 29

Air Inuit also has access to a Eurocopter Écureuil (Aerospatiale ASTAR 350) through Nunavik Rotors and a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter through Johnny May's Air Charters.[13]

On 1 March 2016, Bombardier Inc. announced that Air Inuit would be the launch customer for the Bombardier Q300 Large Cargo Door freighter.[14]

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ "The Airline Codes Website". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Transport Canada - Air Traffic Designators - TP 143 (PDF)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  3. ^ Transport Canada (29 August 2019), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC.
  4. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Air Inuit". Transport Canada. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Destinations". Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Contact Information Archived 2018-02-09 at the Wayback Machine." Air Inuit. Retrieved on October 8, 2009. "547 Meloche Dorval (Quebec) Canada H9P 2W2 "
  8. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 58.
  9. ^ a b "History - Airinuit". Air Inuit. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Chaparal Charters". Airline History. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Air Inuit's 1st female Inuk captain lands commemorative stamp". CBC News. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Charter an Aircraft | Air Inuit". Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  13. ^ a b Air Inuit. "Our Fleet". Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Air Inuit to be Launch Customer for Bombardier Q300 Freighter with a Large Cargo Door". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  15. ^ "C-FIRW Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010.

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