Canadian airline Air Inuit, which provides passenger and freight services to the remote Nunavik communities, confirmed its acquisition of three “next generation” Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The flyer said the planes would be customised specifically for Air Inuit, to provide seats for passengers as well as safe and secure freight delivery on each flight.
The upgraded fleet will be introduced to service gradually over the next two years but further public investment is needed to complete the modernisation plan. Crucially, rural airstrips need to be upgraded.
“Discussions are currently underway with stakeholders to ensure this vision is developed in accordance with the priorities of community members,” the airline explained.
Nonetheless, the purchase of three new aircraft in 2023 is said to mark an important milestone for Air Inuit.
“We can all be proud of this vital service which is celebrating 45 years of operation in 2023. Once again, Air Inuit is demonstrating leadership as it grows and adapts to the changing needs of the communities it serves,” said Noah Tayara, Air Inuit executive chairman.
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Along with increasing the airline’s ability to complete its core mission – to serve the rural Northern Quebec Inuit communities – it will also boost its environmental credentials.
Air Inuit said the new craft would cut emissions by 40% in comparison with its current fleet of 737-200 planes.
President and CEO Christian Busch said: “Acquiring these modern aircraft also supports our airline’s goal of reducing carbon emissions and doing our part in the fight against climate change.”
Nunavik is the northern half of Quebec, the largely French-speaking Canadian province and home to many Inuit (sometimes referred to as First Nation) communities. Air Inuit is headquartered in Montreal and operates a northern base at Kuujjuaq Airport.