|Parent company||Regional Express Aviation Ltd.|
|Headquarters||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Key people||John Binder (CEO) and Al Young (Vice President)|
R1 Airlines Ltd., formerly known as Regional 1, is a regional airline based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was established and started operations in August 2003 and operated scheduled services in Western Canada. On September 11, 2005, the airline ceased providing scheduled operations and focused entirely on providing business charter services, workforce transportation and ACMI operations.
Prior to September 11, 2005, the airline served the following five cities in western Canada:
- British Columbia
It used to operate one aircraft in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, flying for the World Food Programme, under the auspices of United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The company also operated two Dash 8 and two DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft for Flamingo Air in Haiti, until operations were halted after the fall of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Police fleeing insurgents in Cap-Haïtien hijacked one Dash 8 on the ramp and forced the crew to fly them to Port-au-Prince, and during the takeoff roll the aircraft came under fire but was not damaged.
R1 offers fleet and services to the oil and gas industry, mining, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions, the construction industry, energy and utilities and forestry.
The R1 Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):
|Bombardier Challenger 800||1|
|Bombardier Dash 8-100||1|
|Bombardier Dash 8-Q200||1|
|Bombardier Dash 8-Q300||1|
The airline previously operated Beechcraft 1900 aircraft.
Joint venture with Air Georgian
On November 15, 2013, Regional 1 and Air Georgian completed a joint venture through the creation of a parent company, Regional Express Aviation Ltd. (REAL), based in Calgary, Alberta and then rebranded under the name of R1 Airlines Ltd. Its new ownership structure gives the subsidiary additional clout in both the domestic and international aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) business charter markets. One of the immediate benefits delivered through the launch of REAL was Air Georgian’s 15-strong fleet of Beech 1900D turboprops, which are now being offered by R1 on both new and existing ACMI contracts in addition to its regular scheduled work for Air Canada. Through its links with Air Georgian and Avmax, R1 Airlines now has access to the world’s largest private fleet of Dash 8 and CRJs, while the addition of the 18-seat Beech 1900Ds mean it can now serve far smaller markets that had been inaccessible to its larger types.
The arrangement also provides more than $100 million in spare parts and domestic maintenance bases in Halifax, Montreal, Kingston, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. International deployments are supported through Avmax facilities in Great Falls, Montana, Jacksonville, Florida, Nairobi, Kenya and N’djamena, Chad.
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