Nolinor Aviation

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Nolinor Aviation
Nolinor Aviation Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
N5 NRL NOLINOR
Founded 1992
Hubs Montréal–Mirabel International Airport
Fleet size 15 (TC),[1] 12 (NRL)[2][3][4][5]
Headquarters Mirabel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Website http://nolinor.com/en/

Les Investissements Nolinor Inc., trading as Nolinor Aviation, is a charter airline based in Mirabel, a suburb of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It operates passenger charter and cargo services within Canada and to the U.S. Its main base is Montréal–Mirabel International Airport.[6] It has 200 employees.[7]

A Nolinor Boeing 737-200 landing at Val-d'Or Airport

History[edit]

The airline was established in 1992 and started operations in 1997. It began operations mainly to service hunting and fishing outfitters in the Schefferville area, then provided charter services for passengers and freight. Since June 1999 it also has permission to provide its own aircraft maintenance.

In 2001, the company bought its first fully cargo Convair 580 and started providing cargo service to the United States and the northern region of Canada. In order to respond to the growing cargo market, Nolinor Aviation bought two more full cargo Convair 580s in 2004. In 2006, the fourth passenger Convair 580 was delivered.

In 2004, the Prud'Homme family trust became the majority stockholder. Expanding very rapidly, Nolinor needed more space for its Convair 580 fleet and in 2005 the company moved its maintenance facilities to Mirabel International Airport. The new hangar provides more than 100,000 sq ft (10,000 m2) and is able to accommodate aircraft like the Boeing 747-200, 777-300, 767, Airbus A310, and A320. The tarmac has more than 300,000 sq ft (30,000 m2). and provides sufficient parking space for all the Nolinor Convairs 580 and other maintenance clients.

In 2006, the company was named one of the best enterprise of the province of Quebec by the National Bank of Canada. Nolinor is taking its share of the market also outside the Quebec region.

In 2007, Nolinor Aviation acquired two ex-Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-200 combis (freight/passenger). In 2011, Nolinor acquired another 737-200, full freighter, for its cargo operations.

In 2013, Nolinor began charter service from the Region of Waterloo International Airport to Mary River Aerodrome via Iqaluit Airport using a Boeing 737-200 with three times a week service and a fourth flight every other week. This service has since ended.

In 2014, Nolinor added a Learjet 31 corporate jet to their fleet.

In 2016, Nolinor Aviation added a 737, a 737-300, to its fleet.[3]

In September 2017, Nolinor participated in the rescue of stranded passengers from Air France Flight 66 which made an emergency landing at Goose Bay Airport in Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, after experiencing an engine loss over the Atlantic Ocean. Passengers were ferried to their original destination at Los Angeles International Airport, with a stop in Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Operations[edit]

Nolinor charter (operating as First Air) at Cambridge Bay Airport

Primary base of operations

Livery[edit]

In 2003, the Netherlands-based airline branding firm Lila Design re-designed Nolinor's logo and aircraft paint design into a stylized white, blue and gold image.[8]

Fleet[edit]

The Nolinor Aviation fleet includes the following aircraft (as of October 2017)[1]

Nolinor Fleet
Aircraft TC number[1] NRL number Variants Notes
Boeing 737 8 7[2][3] 737-200, 737-300 Seven (TC) or six (NRL) 200 series Combi aircraft, 119 seats maximum, operate on gravel airstrips. Capable of carrying more than 30,000 lb (14,000 kg) of cargo.[2] One 300 series 130 seats maximum. This is an all passenger or all cargo aircraft that can carry up to 30,000 lb (14,000 kg). It is not certified to operate on gravel runways.[3]
Convair 340 1 0 CV-340
Convair 580 4 4[4] 580 Passenger aircraft, that can carry between 30 and 50 passengers and full cargo aircraft capable of carrying more than 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) of cargo.[4] These are upgraded CV-440 and are still listed with TC under that designation.
Hughes 500 1 0 369D
Learjet 31 1 1[5] 31A C-FVNC. 8 passenger corporate jet for executive transport.[5]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Nolinor Aviation at Wikimedia Commons