Air Tindi

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Air Tindi
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IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsYellowknife Airport
Fort Simpson Airport
Fleet size22,[1] 20 (min)[2]
Parent companyDiscovery Air
HeadquartersYellowknife, Northwest Territories
Key peopleAlasdair Martin (President)
View of three Air Tindi, Twin Otter airplanes, Yellowknife
Air Tindi airplane operating in winter

Air Tindi is an airline based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Now owned by Discovery Air, it operates scheduled and on demand charter services. Its main base is Yellowknife Airport and the airline was previously owned by the Arychuk family.[4] The name Tindi means "the big lake" or "Great Slave Lake" in the local native Tłı̨chǫ Yatiì language.


Air Tindi was established by two families, Alex Arychuk and his wife Sheila, and his brother Peter Arychuk and his wife Teri.[5] It began operations on 1 November 1988, with four float/ski aircraft. In 1990, it purchased its first De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter with the help of the Rae-Edzo Development Corporation, allowing the airline to expand and provide more services to the growing mining exploration industry. In 1991, Air Tindi merged with Latham Island Airways and acquired a further four aircraft in the process.[4] By mid-1992, Air Tindi was operating four Twin Otters on floats. In 1993, its first large aircraft was purchased, a DHC 4 Caribou for re-supply work with the mining industry. A DHC Dash 7 was acquired in 1996.

On 19 December 2006, Air Tindi was sold to Discovery Air (TSX at DA.A), a publicly traded holding company based in London, Ontario.[6] The founders originally maintained their positions with Air Tindi, but various corporate disagreements led to Alex Arychuk leaving as president, and departing the Discovery Air board.[7]

In August 2011 the Government of Nunavut announced that it had awarded a contract to Air Tindi and its partner Aqsaqniq, owned by Dennis Lyall, to provide medivac services to the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. The previous holder of the contract, Adlair Aviation, appealed to the Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti[8] and a decision was expected by 11 October 2011.[9][10] The decision to dismiss the appeal was made 29 October 2011 and the news released 31 October. Adlair was given an extension on their contract until the end of November 2011.[11]


Air Tindi operates services (subject to traffic demand) to the following domestic scheduled destinations (as of June 2016):[3]


As of September 2018, Air Tindi had the following aircraft registered with Transport Canada and listed with Air Tindi:[2][1]

Air Tindi Fleet
Aircraft No. of Aircraft
(TC list)
No. of Aircraft
(AT list)
Variants Notes
Beechcraft Super King Air 6 6 Model 200, Model 200C, Model B200GT The B200GT is listed at Air Tindi as a King Air 250
Cessna 208 4 3 208 Caravan, 208B Grand Caravan 7 and 9 passengers
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter 1 N/A DHC-3-T Turbo-Otter Leasing
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 5 5 Series 300 19 passengers
Dash 7 5 5 DHC-7-102, DHC-7-103 Combi aircraft, 46 passengers
Learjet 35 1 0 Learjet 35A 7 - 8 passengers. Not listed at Air Tindi site.

In addition another de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter is listed by Transport Canada but with a cancelled certificate.[1]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 4 October 2011, a Tindi owned Cessna Caravan en route from Yellowknife Airport to Lutselk'e Airport crashed about 25 km (16 mi) west of the community. There were, including the pilot, four people on the aircraft and two were reported killed. The condition of the two survivors was not disclosed but they had been sent to Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ a b c "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Air Tindi". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2015-01-15.
  2. ^ a b Our Fleet
  3. ^ a b Flight Schedules
  4. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 67.
  5. ^ "One on One: Alex Arychuk", Darren Locke, Wings magazine.
  6. ^ Discovery Air Inc. Closes Private Placement Offering and Acquisition of Air Tindi Ltd.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Things Fall Apart: Discovery Air" Archived 2010-01-27 at the Wayback Machine., Jack Danylchuk, Up Here Business magazine, July 2009
  8. ^ Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti
  9. ^ Adlair fights GN decision on Kitikmeot medevac contract 6 September 2011
  10. ^ Facing an uncertain future, Adlair puts up brave front 3 October 2011
  11. ^ Adlair Aviation Ltd. loses medevac contract appeal
  12. ^ N.W.T. plane crash kills 2 people
  13. ^ "Two dead in small plane crash in Northwest Territories, two others survive". Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  14. ^ "Controlled Flight into Terrain Air Tindi Ltd". Transportation Safety Board.

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