Air North (Whitehorse) today announced the addition of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Ottawa, Ontario.
The Yukon and NWT capitals haven’t been connected in over three years, and never before by scheduled Boeing 737 jet service.
The expansion adds Ottawa and Yellowknife to the list of Air North’s gateway cities to the Yukon, which also includes Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, and Edmonton (see map below).
Air North’s growth is particularly pleasing to the Vuntut Gwitchin Limited Partnership, which invested in the airline more than 12 years ago. “Our original investment has grown in strength and reach, along with our people,” said Pauline Frost, President of the Vuntut Gwitchin Limited Partnership. “We are all very pleased that Yukon’s airline has grown from a small local carrier to one that serves our nation’s capital, providing northerners with an important connection to Yellowknife and Ottawa.”
Service to both cities will begin during the first quarter of 2014, with the schedule and introductory fares to be announced once a number of regulatory and logistical hurdles have been overcome.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Air North’s Boeing 737-48E C-FANB (msn 25764) arrives at the traditional southern terminus of Vancouver.
Current Route Map: The expansion eastward to Yellowknife and Ottawa will bring new traffic to the Yukon.
Air North, Yukon’s Airline (Whitehorse) on June 6 started seasonal summer service to Kelowna, British Columbia. This marks the first scheduled expansion to Air North’s route network (below) since the airline began offering Boeing 737 service in 2002. Seasonal service will end on October 13, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-48E C-FANB (msn 25764) taxies to the gate at Vancouver International Airport.
Air North (Whitehorse), Yukon’s Airline, on September 5 announced that for the first time its flight 307/308 from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Old Crow and Inuvik was operated by a Boeing 737 aircraft. The inaugural flight also marked the first time a Boeing 737 had ever landed in Dawson City.
The recent acquisition of a second Boeing 737-500 gave the airline greater flexibility with its fleet – combined with efforts on the part of the Yukon Government to prepare Dawson City and Old Crow airports for jet service, that allowed for the first flight to take place.
The aircraft that flew the route was the airline’s Boeing 737-200 Combi, which is equipped with a $1 million gravel kit to allow for service into unpaved airports such as Dawson City and Old Crow. The aircraft also boasts a large cargo door in the forward cabin, allowing Air North to transport much larger goods into the two communities. Future jet flights will be flown when cargo and passenger service warrant the larger aircraft.
Just over 12 years ago, the Vuntut Development Corporation purchased a stake in Air North. At the time that took place, there were no plans for the airline to purchase jets or fly south of Whitehorse. Now, the airline connects Old Crow, Dawson City, Inuvik and Whitehorse to the three gateway cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary – and is able to provide far greater service and reach than what was feasible at the time of investment made by the VDC and the 1,500 other Yukon shareholders that invested in the company.
Copyright Photo: Royal S. King. Boeing 737-201 C-GNAU (msn 21817) taxies past the camera at Vancouver.
Air North (Whitehorse) added its first Boeing 737-500 on December 31, 2010 and it is now operating on regular flights. Formerly operated by Nordavia as VP-BOQ, the pictured 737-505 with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets is now operating as C-GANH (msn 27153).
Copyright Photo: Matt Dueck. This great shot showcases C-GANH departing from Calgary on February 21.
Air North Route Map:
Air North (Canada) (Whitehorse) has added its first Boeing 737-400 (737-48E C-FANB msn 25764 ex N764TA).