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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2000
Ceased operations 2008
Hubs Thunder Bay International Airport
Fleet size 11
Destinations 26
Company slogan We're all about people
Headquarters Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Key people Tom Meilleur (COO), Dino Armenti (CFO)[1]

NAC Air was a Canadian regional airline. Its main base was at the Thunder Bay International Airport. NAC Air was a 100% First Nations-owned company, owned by the communities of Eabametoong (Fort Hope), Neskantaga (Lansdowne House), Webequie, Sachigo Lake, and Sandy Lake[2]

NAC Air ceased operations indefinitely in early 2008 due to financial difficulties.[3]


North American Charters (NAC) was established in 2000 to provide cheaper and more frequent airline services to First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario. NAC's airfares were 40-50% lower than its competitors' existing fares[citation needed] and it also offered daily services with the possibility of same-day returns for business travellers. It commenced services with two Piper PA31-350 Chieftains and quickly added a Fairchild SA226-TC Metro II as well. The two Chieftains were soon replaced by the first Pilatus PC-12s and the Metro was also retired at the end of 2001.[4] NAC grew steadily, evolving from the early two aircraft operation serving four communities to an eleven aircraft operation connecting Sioux Lookout, Ontario; Winnipeg; Thunder Bay; Red Lake, Ontario; Thompson, Manitoba and 21 First Nations communities.[5] In 2006 NAC changed its name to NAC Air, this coincided with the company moving into a new three-storey office and hangar complex at the Thunder Bay International Airport. In 2007 a base was opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba, it serviced 2 aircraft which flew out of Winnipeg and 1 which flew out of Thompson, Manitoba.

On 13 January 2008 NAC Air ceased operations indefinitely due to financial difficulties, they claim, stemmed from a lawsuit with rival Wasaya Airways. The shut down forced 150 employees off the job.[3]

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As of November 2007 NAC Air had a fleet of 11 aircraft.[5]


  1. ^ Canadian Company Capabilities - NAC Air - Complete Profile. Retrieved on 15 January 2008
  2. ^ Stewart, Nick. "Nac Air's new digs bring fleet and staff expansion", Northern Ontario Business, September 2006. Retrieved on 15 January 2008.
  3. ^ a b "NAC Air grounds its fleet citing financial troubles", TBSource, 15 January 2008. Retrieved on 15 January 2008.
  4. ^ Canadian historic civil aircraft register Archived 2007-10-03 at the Wayback Machine. search, using "North American Charters" as the search parameter. Search conducted 2007-11-06.
  5. ^ a b Canadian civil aircraft register search, using "NAC" as the search parameter. Search conducted 2007-11-06.

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