|Parent company||NorTerra Inc.|
|Headquarters||Yellowknife, Northwest Territories|
|Key people||Steve Hankirk, President|
Canadian North Inc. is an airline based in the Northwest Tower in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. It operates scheduled passenger services to major communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Southern gateways include Edmonton and Ottawa. Its main base is Yellowknife Airport.
The airline was established in 1989 as a subsidiary of Canadian Airlines, to focus on the transportation needs of northern Canadian communities. In September 1998, Canadian North was purchased by Norterra, a wholly Northern aboriginal-owned holding company, whose ownership is 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 current image in 2003. Its logo displays three of the distinctive symbols of the North: the polar bear, the midnight sun and the Northern Lights. Recently, Canadian North's slogan has been 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.).
- Northwest Territories
- Cambridge Bay (Cambridge Bay Airport)
- Cape Dorset (Cape Dorset Airport)
- Clyde River (Clyde River Airport)
- Gjoa Haven (Gjoa Haven Airport)
- Hall Beach (Hall Beach Airport)
- Igloolik (Igloolik Airport)
- Iqaluit (Iqaluit Airport)
- Kugaaruk (Kugaaruk Airport)
- Kugluktuk (Kugluktuk Airport)
- Pangnirtung (Pangnirtung Airport)
- Pond Inlet (Pond Inlet Airport)
- Qikiqtarjuaq (Qikiqtarjuaq Airport)
- Rankin Inlet (Rankin Inlet Airport)
- Taloyoak (Taloyoak Airport)
- British Columbia
- SunFest Tours
- Canadian Natural Resources Limited
- Edmonton Eskimos Football Club (Various airports)
- Suncor Energy (Fort McMurray Airport)
- Imperial Oil (Fort MacKay/Albian Aerodrome)
- Hope Bay Mining
- D.N.D. Cadet Flights (Various airports)
|Aircraft||No. of Aircraft||Variants||Notes|
|Boeing 737||14||737-200, 737-200C, 737-300||Passenger only (-200, -300)
Combi aircraft (-200C) : gravel and ice runway capable
|de Havilland Canada Dash 8||4||100 series||Formerly leased from Regional 1|
In the north Canadian has partnerships with Air Tindi, Aklak Air, Calm Air and North-Wright Airways. These partnerships give them access to 14 destinations in the NWT, 6 in Nunavut and 6 in Manitoba. They also partner with Air Canada to provide access to several cities in southern Canada.
Canadian North has had its headquarters in the Northwest Tower in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, which as of July 31 has been moved to the hangar in Edmonton. In addition it has a regional head office in Iqaluit, Nunavut and an operations office in Calgary, Alberta.
Programs and services
Canadian North also has its own "Aurora Concierge" 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.
As of June 5, 2010, Canadian North began codeshareing flights on aircraft operated by Air Canada. Aurora Concierge members are now allowed access to Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounges by purchasing membership through Canadian North.
Canadian North in-flight service includes:
- A choice of one of two free meals (on select flights)
- Free drinks (non-alcoholic)
- Advanced seat selection
- Free newspapers and magazines
- Free colouring books and crayons for children
Starting in 2005 the airline has offered a Pivut Fare ("ours") to Inuvialuit and Inuit (Nunavut) land claims beneficiaries. In 2010/2011 the Pivut Fare entitled a beneficiary to 65% off three airfares.
- On June 5, 2007, a Canadian North De Havilland Canada Dash 8, en route from Gjoa Haven to Cambridge Bay made an emergency landing at Yellowknife Airport after its nose gear failed to deploy on approach to Cambridge Bay Airport. The pilot made the decision to re-route to Yellowknife, as the airport was more equipped for emergency landings. The aircraft landed safely in Yellowknife on its main gear. There were no injuries.
- On May 22, 2008 a Canadian North Boeing 737-200 en route from Fort MacKay/Horizon Airport encountered a major vibration and subsequent failure of the right engine on final approach to Saskatoon. The failure occurred when the aircraft was 500 m (1,600 ft) above the ground and 1,700 m (5,600 ft) from runway 15 at Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport. The aircraft had 102 passengers and 5 crew on board. There were no injuries. The aircraft was operating a charter service (Flight 1714) that was scheduled as Fort McKay/Horizon - Saskatoon - Montreal - Moncton.
- Transport Canada listing of aircraft owned by "Canadian North"
- Route map and Flight Schedule
- Canadian North President to Step Down in New Year
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 60.
- Who We Are
- Canadian North Launches New Service to Four Kitikmeot Communities
- Canadian North Launches New Service to Seven Baffin Communities
- Laughlin Nevada Chamber of Commerce newsletter[dead link]
- Supply management - selected awarded contracts[dead link]
- Oilsands a magnet for air carrier traffic
- No. 31 Canadian North Charter Terminal. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd
- "Canadian North - Details and Fleet History". Planespotters. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- "Administration." Canadian North. Retrieved on January 20, 2011. "Head Office - Yellowknife 300, 5201 50 Ave. Yellowknife, NT X1A 3S9 Canada"
- "Directory Information." Government of the Northwest Territories. Retrieved on January 20, 2011. "NT Northwest Tower 5201 – 50 Ave"
- Air Miles
- Aurora Concierge
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Offer
- Pivut Information
- Passengers describe emergency landing at Yellowknife airport - CBC.ca
- The Aviation Herald
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Canadian North.|