|Founded||1998 (1989 as a subsidiary of Canadian Airlines)|
United States: N0OF050F
|Company slogan||Seriously northern|
|Parent company||Inuvialuit Development Corporation (IDC).|
|Key people||Steve Hankirk, President|
Canadian North Inc. is an airline headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It operates scheduled passenger services to communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Southern gateways include Edmonton and Ottawa. Its main base is Edmonton Airport.
The airline was established in 1989 as a subsidiary of Canadian Airlines, to focus on the transportation needs of northern Canadian communities. In September 1998, Canadian North was purchased by Norterra, a wholly Northern aboriginal-owned holding company, whose ownership was divided equally among the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit people of the western Canadian Arctic, and Nunasi Corporation, representing the Inuit people of Nunavut.
After utilizing three different livery schemes, the airline adopted its current image in 2003. Its logo displays three of the distinctive symbols of the North: the polar bear, the midnight sun and the Northern Lights. Recently,[when?] Canadian North's slogan was changed from "Your North. Your Airline" to "seriously northern" (all in lower-case), with advertising changed to reflect different aspects of the company (serious service, serious delivery, etc.).
In June 2007, Canadian North began serving the Kitikmeot communities of Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Kugaaruk, and Kugluktuk. In April 2008, flights began to seven communities in the Qikiqtaaluk Region (Baffin Region) of Nunavut.
On April 1, 2014, the Inuvialuit Development Corporation (IDC) bought the 50% share of NorTerra held by Nunasi. This purchase of NorTerra gave the IDC complete control of Canadian North, Northern Transportation Company and other companies that were jointly held. On April 11, 2014, Norterra and the Makivik Corporation, owners of First Air announced that they were in negotiations to merge the two airlines. According to a website set up the same day the new airline would be owned equally between the two companies and "a merger would create a stronger, more sustainable business, provide better service to customers and lead to new economic development opportunities across the North. We believe the two companies would complement each other's strengths." In October 2014, it was announced the merger would not go through, but Canadian North would still codeshare on some flights with First Air until 16 May 2017. On February 23, 2017, the Inuvialuit Development Corporation (IDC) announced that arrangements had been concluded to transfer ownership of Canadian North directly into Inuvialuit Development Corporation.
On September 28, 2018, Makivik Corporation and the Inuvialuit Corporate Group (ICG) signed a definitive agreement to merge Canadian North and First Air, again awaiting government approval. The new airline would use the new First Air livery, but would operate under the name "Canadian North". On June 19, 2019, the federal government gave approval to the merger provided several terms and conditions were met.
On November 1, 2019, First Air and Canadian North will complete the merger and combine schedules into one, and in doing so they will solely use the code 5T, dropping First Air's 7F code as well as the First Air name.
As of July 2018, Canadian North had the following domestic scheduled destinations:
|Canada||Alberta||Edmonton||YEG||CYEG||Edmonton International Airport|
|Canada||Northwest Territories||Inuvik||YEV||CYEV||Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport|
|Canada||Northwest Territories||Norman Wells||YVQ||CYVQ||Norman Wells Airport|
|Canada||Northwest Territories||Yellowknife||YZF||CYZF||Yellowknife Airport||Hub|
|Canada||Nunavut||Cambridge Bay||YCB||CYCB||Cambridge Bay Airport|
|Canada||Nunavut||Cape Dorset||YTE||CYTE||Cape Dorset Airport|
|Canada||Nunavut||Gjoa Haven||YHK||CYHK||Gjoa Haven Airport|
|Canada||Nunavut||Hall Beach||YUX||CYUX||Hall Beach Airport|
|Canada||Nunavut||Pond Inlet||YIO||CYIO||Pond Inlet Airport|
|Canada||Nunavut||Rankin Inlet Airport||YRT||CYRT||Rankin Inlet Airport|
|Canada||Ontario||Ottawa||YOW||CYOW||Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport|
As of June 2019, Canadian North operates the following aircraft:
|Aircraft||No. of aircraft||Variants||Notes|
|Boeing 737||2||200 series||112 passengers, combi aircraft, carries freight in addition to passengers|
|Boeing 737 Classic||10||300 series||136 passengers, two Quick Change (QC) aircraft, combi, can be converted to freight.|
|De Havilland Canada Dash 8||4||Series 100, Series 300||37 passengers 100 Series and 50-56 passengers 300 series|
Aircraft previously operated include:
Canadian North has had an interline agreement with WestJet since 2012. In the north Canadian has partnerships with Air Tindi, Aklak Air, Calm Air and North-Wright Airways. These partnerships give them access to 14 destinations in the NWT, 6 in Nunavut and 6 in Manitoba. They also partner with Air Canada to provide access to several cities in southern Canada.
The company headquarters are on the grounds of Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Alberta. In addition it has regional offices in Iqaluit, Nunavut and in the Nunasi Building in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. It also has an operations office in Edmonton, Alberta, on the grounds of Edmonton International Airport.
Canadian North previously had its headquarters in the Northwest Tower, in downtown Yellowknife. The airline announced that when its lease was to expire in the end of August 2013, the airline will vacate the office and move it and 20 employees out of Yellowknife. The airline kept its community and marketing support employees in Yellowknife. Most of the employees forced to move were from the accounting division. Lisa Hicks, a spokesperson, stated that there had been excess capacity at the airline's offices in Edmonton and Yellowknife.
As of July 31, 2013 the operations centre has been moved to the hangar in Edmonton.
Canadian North also has its own "Aurora Concierge" program for frequent travellers. Benefits of being an Aurora Concierge member include: Priority check-in, baggage, and boarding, extra piece of checked luggage, free alcoholic beverages, no fee changes, personalized membership card and baggage tag, and more.
As of June 5, 2010, Canadian North began codeshareing flights on aircraft operated by Air Canada. Aurora Concierge members are now allowed access to Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounges by purchasing membership through Canadian North.
Canadian North in-flight service includes:
In 2005 the airline started offering a Pivut Fare ("ours") to Inuvialuit and Inuit (Nunavut) land claims beneficiaries. In 2010/2011 the Pivut Fare entitled a beneficiary to 65% off three airfares.
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