Air Mikisew

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Air Mikisew
Air Mikisew Logo 2.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
V8 N/A AURORA
Founded 1960 (as Contact Airways)
Ceased operations 2011
Hubs Fort McMurray Airport
Focus cities Edmonton City Centre (Blatchford Field) Airport
Fort Chipewyan Airport
Fleet size 10
Destinations 3
Parent company Air Mikisew Ltd.
Headquarters Fort McMurray, Alberta
Key people Graham Davis (General & Operations Manager), Tom Tays (Chief Pilot)

Air Mikisew was an airline based in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. It operated scheduled passenger services in the Fort McMurray/Fort Chipewyan region. Its main base was the Fort McMurray Airport.[1] Mikisew is the Cree word for eagle.

History[edit]

The airline was established as Contact Airways in 1960 with a Class 4C operating license, based in Fort McMurray.[2] It was sold in the 1960s and later became wholly owned by the Mikisew Cree First Nation in 1995. It had 63 employees as of at March 2007.[1] It was awarded the Fort McMurray Business of the Year award in 2005.[3] The airline was grounded in 2010 and permanently closed by 2011.[4]

Destinations[edit]

Air Mikisew provided scheduled flights between Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray, and Edmonton.[5] It also provided aero-medical flights for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo area and charter flights throughout western Canada.

Fleet[edit]

As of June 2010, the Air Mikisew fleet consisted of the following aircraft until its audit by Transport Canada:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 63. 
  2. ^ McDougall, Margaret: Tar on the Floats, Prince George BC, Canada, 2005. Page 90. ISBN 0-9738666-0-8
  3. ^ Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce Wall of Fame Alumni
  4. ^ http://srj.ca/mikisew-restarting-fort-chipewyan-flights-p6548-74.htm
  5. ^ (Schedule) Air Mikisw website - schedule