Air Tindi

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Air Tindi
Air Tindi Loho.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1988
Hubs Yellowknife Airport
Fort Simpson Airport
Fleet size N/A,[1] 27[2]
Destinations 7[3]
Parent company Discovery Air
Headquarters Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Key people Alasdair 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 current holder of the contract, Adlair Aviation, has 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 January 2016, Air Tindi had the following aircraft registered with Transport Canada and listed with Air Tindi:[1][2]

Air Tindi Fleet
Aircraft No. of Aircraft
(TC list)
No. of Aircraft
(AT list)
Variants Notes
Beechcraft Super King Air 11 N/A Model 200, Model 200C, Model 300 Listed on the Air Tindi site as 200 Catpass, B-200C and 350
Cessna 208 4 N/A 208 Caravan, 208B Grand Caravan 7 and 9 passengers
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter 1 0 Not listed at the Air Tindi website
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 5 N/A Series 300 19 passengers
Dash 7 5 N/A DHC-7-102, DHC-7-103 Combi aircraft, 46 passengers
Learjet 35 1 N/A 7 - 8 passengers

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]


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