Air Inuit

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Air Inuit
Air inuit logo14.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
3H[1] AIE[2] INUIT
Founded November 1978; 38 years ago (1978-11)
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer program Isaruuk Reward Program
Fleet size 29[3]
Destinations 22[4]
Company slogan Let us take you there...
Parent company Makivik Corporation
Headquarters Dorval, Quebec
Key people Pita Aatami (President, Air Inuit)
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 Dorval, Quebec, Canada.[5] It operates domestic passenger services and charter and cargo services in Nunavik and Nunavut. Its main base is Kuujjuaq Airport.[6]


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.[7]


Air Inuit operates scheduled services to the following domestic destinations (September 2012):[8]

Scheduled flights[edit]


Air Inuit also offers other charter services to anywhere in Canada, the United States and abroad.


The Air Inuit fleet includes the following aircraft (as of January 2016)[3]

Air Inuit Fleet
Aircraft Number[3] Variants Notes[9]
Beechcraft King Air 3 100 Series 9 passengers
Boeing 737 2 200 Series Combi aircraft, 112 seats maximum. These two combi aircraft are also able to operate from gravel airstrips.
DHC6 Twin Otter 7 300 Series 19 seats maximum, 3,200 lbs cargo
Bombardier Dash 8 13 100 Series, 300 Series 100 Series Combi aircraft, 37 seat maximum, 7,800 lbs cargo; 300 Series combi and cargo aircraft, 45 seat maximum, 13,500 lbs
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 1 2A Series Cargo only

Air Inuit also has access to a Eurocopter Ecureuil (Aerospatiale ASTAR 350) through Nunavik Rotors and a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter through Johnny May's Air Charters.[9]

On 1 March 2016, Bombardier Inc. announced that Air Inuit would be the launch customer for the Bombardier Q300 Large Cargo Door freighter.[10]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 16 March 1981, Douglas C-47A C-FIRW was damaged beyond repair when it broke through the frozen surface of Lac Bienville while taxiing for take-off on a cargo flight.[11]


  1. ^ "The Airline Codes Website". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Transport Canada - Air Traffic Designators - TP 143 (PDF)
  3. ^ a b c "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Air Inuit". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Airinuit". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Contact us." Air Inuit. Retrieved on October 8, 2009. "547 Meloche Dorval (Quebec) Canada H9P 2W2 "
  6. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 58. 
  7. ^ 01. "History". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Air Inuit Our Destinations". Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  9. ^ a b Air Inuit. "Our Fleet". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  10. ^ "Air Inuit to be Launch Customer for Bombardier Q300 Freighter with a Large Cargo Door". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "C-FIRW Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 

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