Alkan Air

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Alkan Air
Alkan Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1977
Fleet size 17[1]
Headquarters Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Alkan Air Ltd. is an airline based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. It operates seven-day-a-week charter and air ambulance (medevac) services that cover northern and western Canada and Alaska. Alkan also operates scheduled flights between Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport and Watson Lake Airport.[2]


Alkan Air was formed in 1977 by Barry Watson and two Whitehorse businessmen, Win and Joe Muff. It was named in honour of the famous Alaska Highway or Al-Can Highway which skirts the City of Whitehorse. Hugh Kitchen became a partner in 1987 when Win and Joe Muff decided to sell their stake in the company in order to start a telecommunications business in Whitehorse.

The company began by operating a Cessna 206 on floats/skis and a Cessna 337 on wheels. Expansion soon followed and by 1987, when float and ski operations were discontinued, Alkan Air was one of the main providers of scheduled service in Yukon. In the early 1990s, the company gradually phased out scheduled flights in order to focus on charter operations. High performance, pressurized Beech King Airs were introduced in 1994.

Alkan Air primarily flies charter operations for hunting outfitters and government operations. Three Kings Airs are dedicated to flying medevacs for the Yukon Government.[3]

In October 2015, Alkan Air opened a flight training school to accommodate a need in Yukon for people wanting to learn to fly. As of 2016, the flight school operates two Cessna 172's, a Piper PA-34 Seneca 3[4] and can train for Private and Commercial Licenses and multi-engine and instrument ratings. In addition, Alkan Air operates a Transport Canada certified simulator for instrument training.[5]


Alkan Air BE20 at Cambridge Bay Airport

As of July 2016, Transport Canada lists the following aircraft:[1]

Alkan Air Fleet
Aircraft No. of Aircraft Variants Notes
Beechcraft Super King Air 5 200, 300/350 Alkan Air shows BE-350 and Transport Canada shows BE-300
Cessna 172 3 172M, 172Q
Cessna 206 2 U206F, U206G
Cessna 208 Caravan 3 208B
Single Otter 1 DHC-3-T Turbo-Otter
Dornier Do 228 1 228-202
Piper PA-31 Navajo 1 PA-31-350 Listed at Alkan Air site as a Piper Chieftain[6]
Piper PA-34 Seneca 1 PA-34-220T Not listed at Alkan Air site[6]


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