|Founded||2019 (1989 subsidiary of Canadian Airlines, 1998 as Canadian North)|
|AOC #||Canada: 107 (First Air & Canadian North)|
United States: N0OF050F
|Focus cities||Cambridge Bay Airport|
|Parent company||Inuvialuit Development Corporation (IDC), Makivik Corporation|
|Headquarters||20 Cope Drive, Kanata, Ontario|
Bradley Air Services Limited, operating as Canadian North, is a wholly Inuit-owned airline headquartered in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. It operates scheduled passenger services to communities in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Nunavik region of Quebec, as well as southern destinations such as Edmonton, Montreal and Ottawa. The company slogan is Fly the Arctic.
First Air, originally Bradley Air Services, was founded by Canadian aviation pioneer Russel (Russ) Bradley, started operations in 1946 and is still registered under that name. Beginning as a flying school in Carp, Ontario, First Air started scheduled operations in 1973 between Ottawa and North Bay, Ontario. This service was operated with an eight-seat passenger plane.
Canadian North was established in 1989 as a subsidiary of Canadian Airlines International, specifically to serve northern Canadian communities' needs. The airline traces its roots to former operators Nordair in the Eastern Arctic, and Pacific Western Airlines in the West. Wardair also maintained a significant Arctic presence during its existence.
In September, 1998, Canadian North was renamed Air Norterra, whose ownership was divided equally among the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit people of the western Canadian Arctic, and Nunasi Corporation, representing the Inuit people of Nunavut.
After utilizing three different livery schemes, the airline adopted its final pre-merger logo in 2003. Its logo displays three of the distinctive symbols of the North: the polar bear, the midnight sun and the Northern Lights. Canadian North's slogan was changed from "Your North. Your Airline" to "seriously northern" (all in lower-case), with advertising changed to reflect different aspects of the company (serious service, serious delivery, etc.).
In June, 2007, Canadian North began serving the Kitikmeot communities of Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Kugaaruk, and Kugluktuk. In April, 2008, flights began to seven communities in the Qikiqtaaluk Region (Baffin Region) of Nunavut.
On April 1, 2014, the Inuvialuit Development Corporation (IDC), representing the Inuvialuit of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, bought the 50% share of NorTerra held by Nunasi. This purchase of NorTerra gave the IDC complete control of Canadian North Northern Transportation Company and other companies that were jointly-held. On April 11, 2014, Norterra and the Makivik Corporation, owners of First Air announced that they were in negotiations to merge the two airlines. According to a website that had been set up on that same day, the new airline would be owned equally between the two companies and "a merger would create a stronger, more sustainable business, provide better service to customers and lead to new economic development opportunities across the North. We believe the two companies would complement each other's strengths." In October, 2014, it was announced the merger would not go through, but Canadian North would still codeshare on some flights with First Air until 16 May 2017. On February 23, 2017, the Inuvialuit Development Corporation (IDC) announced that arrangements had been concluded to transfer ownership of Canadian North directly into Inuvialuit Development Corporation.
On September 28, 2018, Makivik Corporation and the Inuvialuit Corporate Group (ICG) signed a definitive agreement to merge Canadian North and First Air, again awaiting government approval. The new airline would use the new First Air livery, but would operate under the name "Canadian North". On June 19, 2019, the federal government gave approval to the merger provided several terms and conditions were met.
On November 1, 2019, First Air and Canadian North completed the merger and combined schedules into one, using the code 5T, dropping First Air's 7F code as well as the name but keeping the livery. In early 2021 the callsigns "First Air" and "Empress" were retired and the combined airline began operating as 5T/AKT, callsign "Arctic."
As of December 18, 2021, operations are now under the Canadian North name with a new livery.
As of June 20, 2021, Canadian North has the following 28 domestic scheduled destinations:
Over time the registration of the fleet has moved from Canadian North to Bradley Air Services (First Air). As of December 2021, the fleet consists of 31 aircraft all registered to Bradley Air Services.
|ATR 42-300||5||—||—||Operated as combi aircraft and ice/gravel runway capable|
|Boeing 737-200C||2||—||112||To be phased out by 2022.|
Aircraft previously operated include:
- Fokker F28 Fellowship (F.28 Mk 1000)
- Fokker 100 (listed by Transport Canada as a F.28 Mk 0100)
- De Havilland Canada Dash 8
Canadian North had its headquarters in the Northwest Tower, in downtown Yellowknife. The airline announced that when its lease was to expire in the end of August 2013, the airline would vacate the office and move it and 20 employees out of Yellowknife. The airline kept its community and marketing support employees in Yellowknife. Most of the employees who relocated were from the accounting division. Lisa Hicks, a spokesperson, stated that there had been excess capacity at the airline's offices in Edmonton and Yellowknife.
Canadian North headquarters were moved to the grounds of Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Alberta. In addition it has regional offices in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. It also has an operations office in Edmonton, Alberta, on the grounds of Edmonton International Airport. Following the takeover by First Air, the former headquarters in Calgary was shut down and remaining management was transferred to Kanata.
Programs and services
Canadian North in-flight service includes leather seating, advanced seat selection, free newspapers and magazines, and free colouring books and crayons for children.
The airline offers Aeroplan rewards points, both to collect and to redeem. Passengers may redeem Air Miles points for travel on Canadian North. Canadian North has codeshare agreements with Air North and Calm Air.
Canadian North also has its own "Aurora Concierge" and Aurora Rewards program for frequent travellers. Benefits of being an Aurora Concierge member include: Priority check-in, baggage, and boarding, extra piece of checked luggage, free alcoholic beverages, no fee changes, personalized membership card and baggage tag, and more.
- Canadian North comes into its own with new call sign, air operator certificate
- Transport Canada (December 18, 2021), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC. wwwapps.tc.gc.ca.
- "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
- "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Bradley Air Services". Transport Canada. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
- Flight Schedule
- "General Contacts". CanadianNorth.com. 2019.
- "About Canadian North". CanadianNorth.com. 2019.
- Who We Are
- Canadian North Launches New Service to Four Kitikmeot Communities
- Canadian North Launches New Service to Seven Baffin Communities
- Nunasi Corp. sells its stake in NorTerra, Canadian North
- Nunasi Corp. sells its half of Norterra to the Inuvialuit
- Canadian North, First Air plan 'merger of equals'
- Arctic airlines First Air and Canadian North talk merger
- Canada’s Northern Airlines Enter Merger Discussions
- Airlines announce First Air-Canadian North merger is dead
- Codeshare kaput: First Air ends flight sharing deal with Canadian North
- Media Announcement
- Group, Inuvialuit Corporate. "New milestone agreement reached to merge First Air and Canadian North to better serve Pan-Arctic communities". www.newswire.ca.
- Federal government approves Canadian North and First Air merger
- Our History
- Canadian North Charters
- Charters - Fleet
- George, Jane (29 April 2021). "Canadian North to phase out jet service to western Nunavut hubs". Nunatsiaq News. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
- Singh, Sumit (12 May 2021). "Boeing 737 Classic Operator Canadian North Wants Three -700s". Simple Flying. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
- Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: History Search Result
- "Administration Archived 2013-08-23 at the Wayback Machine." Canadian North. Retrieved on January 20, 2011. "Head Office - Yellowknife 300, 5201 50 Ave. Yellowknife, NT X1A 3S9 Canada"
- "Directory Information Archived 2011-06-16 at the Wayback Machine." Government of the Northwest Territories. Retrieved on January 20, 2011. "NT Northwest Tower 5201 – 50 Ave"
- Vela, Thandiwe. "Airline moving jobs south" (Archive) Northern News Services. Retrieved on March 21, 2014.
- "Administration" (Archive). Canadian North. Retrieved on March 21, 2014. "Head Office - Calgary 200, 580 Palmer Road N.E. Calgary, AB T2E 7R3 Canada" and "Regional Head Office - Iqaluit P.O. Box 70 Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0 Canada" and "Regional Office - Yellowknife 202 Nunasi Building, 5109 48th St. Yellowknife, NT X1A 1N5 Canada" and "Operations Office - Edmonton 101 – 3731 52 Avenue East Edmonton AB T9E 0V4 Canada"
- "pre-kearl_general_info.pdf" (Archive). Boilermakers Local 146 (Boilermakers Union). Retrieved on March 21, 2014. "3731 52 Ave E. Edmonton International Airport, AB. T9E 0V4."
- Welcome aboard your NEW Canadian North
- Route Map
- Aurora Rewards
- Aurora Concierge
- "Pivut Fares". Canadian North. October 6, 2020.
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