Central Mountain Air

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Central Mountain Air
CMA Logo.svg
Central Mountain Air - CMA Raytheon 1900D C-FCMO (8027585028).jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #3999[1]
Operating basesSmithers Airport
Calgary International Airport
Vancouver International Airport
HubsPrince George Airport
Vancouver International Airport
Edmonton International Airport
Fleet size26[2]
HeadquartersSmithers, British Columbia

Central Mountain Air Ltd. is a Canadian regional airline based in Smithers, British Columbia.[5] It operates scheduled, charter, and transborder services. Its main base is Smithers Airport, with other bases at Calgary International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.[4][6]


The airline was established and started operations in 1987; it is wholly owned by 580741 BC.[6] In 1997 Central Mountain Air placed an order for additional Raytheon Beech 1900D Airliner aircraft and began operating as an Air Canada connector, replacing Air BC operating several routes within Alberta and British Columbia, latterly under the Air Canada Express banner. In October 2011, Central Mountain Air ceased its Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Air Canada. The agreement had been for flights from Calgary to Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Cranbrook. Central Mountain Air continues to be an Air Canada codeshare partner for flights from Vancouver to Campbell River, Quesnel, and Williams Lake.

In late 2005, the first of two Dornier 328 were delivered to the airline, for use on chartered and scheduled flights. In 2014 they received their third Dornier 328. In March 2010, 580741 BC, the parent company of Central Mountain Air, purchased fellow British Columbia-based airline Hawkair.[7] On November 18, 2016, Hawkair declared bankruptcy, had all assets seized for liquidation, and permanently suspended operations.[8]

Central Mountain Air is the sister company of Northern Thunderbird Air, which operates charter and cargo services from Prince George.


A Central Mountain Air Beechcraft 1900 at Vancouver International Airport

Central Mountain Air operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations (as of August 2018):[3][4]


As of April 2022, the Central Mountain Air fleet includes the following aircraft:[2]

Aircraft No. of
Variants Notes
Beechcraft 1900 14 1900D up to 18 passengers; several are being converted to freighters[9]
de Havilland Canada Dash 8 9 DHC-8-102, DHC-8-314 Seven 102 with up to 37 passengers. and three 314 with up to 50 passengers.
Dornier 328 3 100 Up to 30 passengers
Total 26


  1. ^ Transport Canada (2019-08-30), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC. wwwapps.tc.gc.ca.
  2. ^ a b "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Central Mountain Air". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  3. ^ a b "Route Map". Central Mountain Air. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "About Us". Central Mountain Air. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Contact Us." Central Mountain Air. Retrieved on December 26, 2010. "Central Mountain Air Ltd. Box 998 6431 Airport Road Smithers, BC V0J 2N0"
  6. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 63.
  7. ^ Terrace Standard: Central Mountain buys Hawkair Archived April 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine 16 March 2010
  8. ^ Northwestern B.C. airline company declares bankruptcy
  9. ^ "CMA Announces Increased Cargo Operations". Central Mountain Air. 2022-03-28.

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