Keewatin Air

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Keewatin Air
C-FSKN Kivalliq Air Beech 200.JPG
IATA ICAO Callsign
FK KEW Blizzard
Founded 1998
Operating bases Rankin Inlet Airport[1]
Secondary hubs Churchill Airport, Iqaluit Airport, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport[1]
Fleet size 13[2]
Parent company Exchange Income Corporation
Headquarters Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada[1]

Keewatin Air (IATA: FK) is an airline that operates from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada.[1] The airline was started by Frank Robert May (who had been a pilot for Lamb Air) and his wife Judy Saxby in 1971, in the Keewatin Region, then part of the Northwest Territories.[3]

It was formed as "Keewatin Air Limited" to provide charter services to the region. It was the first airline to have a permanent base in Nunavut (then known as the Keewatin Region of the Northwest Territories). In 1987 it expanded to include medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) services, to what would become the Kivalliq Region, using a fleet of aircraft that began with a Tradewind aircraft - a multi-modified Beech 18 with a turbine engine and tricycle gear. This aircraft was followed by a Westwind, another modified Beech 18 with turbine engines and eventually these were replaced by Merlin IIA aircraft that had the added benefit of being pressurized and had turboprops. The MEDEVAC service is now known as "Nunavut Lifeline".[4] Currently[when?] three Kingair 200 aircraft are based in Rankin Inlet, one in Churchill, Manitoba. and two in Iqaluit, where the airline also bases a Lear 35 for the long hauls to Ottawa and a Pilatus PC-12 to access the short strips. It also operates two Beech 1900C aircraft: one from Iqaluit and one from Winnipeg.

In 1998 the company formed Kivalliq Air to provide scheduled air service within the Kivalliq Region and to Winnipeg and Churchill.[5] That service has since been cancelled.

In 2005 the company was sold to Exchange Industrial Income Fund (now Exchange Income Corporation), owners of Perimeter Aviation, Bearskin Airlines and Calm Air. May and Saxby continued to manage the airline for a short period after the sale.[6]


Charter services are available to destinations throughout North America.[7]


As of September 2014 the following aircraft were registered with Transport Canada[2] and listed at the Keewatin Air website:[8]

Keewatin Air Fleet
Aircraft No. of Aircraft Variants Idents Notes
Beechcraft 1900 2 1900C FJXL, FJXO air charter,[7] sold in 2015
Beechcraft Super King Air 8 King Air 200/B200 FCGT, FRMV, FSKN, FSKO, FSKX, FZPW, GYGT, GYSR MEDIVAC (air ambulance as Nunavut Lifeline),[9] air charter[7]
Bombardier Learjet 35 2 35A GDJH, GYFB MEDIVAC (air ambulance as Nunavut Lifeline)[9]
Pilatus PC-12 1 PC-12/45 GFLA MEDIVAC (air ambulance as Nunavut Lifeline)[9] air charter[7]

The Transport Canada website also shows a Beechcraft Model 18 3NM but with a cancelled certificate from 1999.[2]


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