Category Archives: Air North (Canada)

Inaugural Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Toronto flight takes off and arrives

Air North, Yukon’s Airline flight 4N823 (above) took off just after 8 am on the on May 10 with the airline’s President and CEO, Joe Sparling (below), at the controls. It will arrive in Toronto in the afternoon (below) after a brief stop in Yellowknife, marking the launch of the first-ever scheduled service between these capital cities.

In the North, it’s clearly understood how vital connection is personally, economically and culturally. Scale is redefined when moose outnumber people, there’s 0.09 Yukoners per square kilometre and the closest provincial capital is 1,500 kilometres away. It takes an airline with its roots in the territories, one that pulses with the resolve of those who live North of 60, to take on a route like this.

The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation own 49% of Air North. More than 1,500 Yukoners also invested in the airline, which gives the company a mandate based around the needs of Yukoners.

Seasonal service to Toronto will operate until early October, 2022.

Quick Facts

  • Air North has been in operation since February 1, 1977. It acquired its first jets and began connecting the Yukon with southern gateway cities in 2002, beginning with Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
  • Air North now counts Victoria, Kelowna, and Ottawa among its other gateway connections—with Yellowknife on both the Ottawa and Toronto routes.
  • In the North, the airline offers ATR 42 turboprop (below) service between Whitehorse and Dawson City, Old Crow and Inuvik.
  • Air North also flies charter services for both passengers and cargo across North America.

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Experience the Northern Lights on board an Air North Boeing 737

(Photo Credit: Neil Zeller Photography) (CNW Group/Tourism Yukon)

Consulta Meta has officially announced the launch of the Aurora | 360 Experience, the most exciting way to see the Northern Lights. This exclusive opportunity offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enjoy the Northern Lights by private-chartered Boeing 737 jet (operated by Air North) for unrivalled, eye level Northern Lights viewing.  It’s the only flight in the world to take off within the Aurora Oval, offering the chance for Aurora viewing shortly after take-off.

The full Aurora | 360 Experience is February 7th to 11th, 2019, with the flight scheduled to take-off either February 8th or 9th (the flight date will be chosen a few days earlier based on Aurora forecasts). The five-day package not only offers serious bragging rights, but will provide high-altitude views of the spectacular Aurora in the Yukon sky combined with unique culinary components, industry leading guest speakers, cultural events, optional day tours and more.  With only 80 seats available, the Aurora | 360 Experience gives passengers the unique opportunity to fly above the clouds, and witness the Aurora Borealis closer than ever before.  As part of the package the passengers get to learn more about the Aurora Borealis from renowned guest speakers: Dr. Phil Plait (aka the Bad Astronomer), Dr. Christa Van Laerhoven (B.Sc. Physics & Astronomy/ Ph.D. Planetary Sciences), William Murtagh (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the assistant director for Space Weather, Energy, and Environment Division), and Pierre Paquette (Astronomy Ambassador of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada).

“The Aurora Borealis is truly one of the world’s greatest celestial phenomenons, and we are proud to offer this unparalleled experience,” says Anthony Gucciardo, Owner and President of Consulta Meta. “It’s a bucketlist worthy moment you’ll never forget.  We can’t wait to get airborne!”

“The Northern Lights are one of the Yukon’s biggest attractions. We had great success last year with the pilot project, so we’re understandably thrilled it’s being reintroduced and made even better,” says Robin Anderson, Global Marketing Manager at Tourism Yukon.  “Last year passengers saw the Aurora Borealis just nine minutes after take-off and the lights continued for 3 straight hours.  We hope they break that record this year!”

Once on board, guests can relax and enjoy the incredible views while sipping a celebratory gin from Yukon’s award-winning Yukon Brewing company and Canadian Aurora photographer, Neil Zeller will assist with helping passengers to take their own Aurora photos.

There are two Aurora | 360 flight options available:

  1. Aurora | 360 flight only for $1,045 (taxes included)
  2. Aurora | 360 Experience: Includes the Aurora | 360 flight, 4 nights accommodation in Whitehorse, 3 distinctive Yukon-flare dinners, cultural activities, entry to Takhini Hot Springs, a guided tour of Yukon Wildlife preserve and more for just  $2,939 CAD (taxes included)


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Air North to add service to Victoria

Air North-Yukon's Airline (Canada) Boeing 737-505 WL C-GANH (msn 27153) YVR (Steve Bailey). Image: 924540.

Air North has made this announcement:

Air North, Yukon’s Airline has announced an addition to its route network to include twice weekly scheduled Boeing 737 jet service between Whitehorse, Yukon and Victoria, British Columbia. The new service will commence on May 18, 2018.

For a number of years, Air North, Yukon’s Airline has been providing Yukoners direct access to Victoria on its popular Thanksgiving weekend charter and other, one-off flights. The addition of Victoria to its regular schedule reflects the strong demand Yukoners have shown for the destination.


This route expansion follows the successful launch of scheduled service to Kelowna in 2013 and Yellowknife and Ottawa in 2014, demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to providing affordable outbound air travel for Yukoners and expanding inbound access for visitors, business travelers, friends and family.

The inaugural Victoria schedule has Monday and Friday afternoon departures from Whitehorse. Friday’s flight is direct to Victoria, returning to Whitehorse via Kelowna. Monday’s flight sees a brief stop in Kelowna for Victoria-bound passengers with direct return service to Whitehorse.

Copyright Photo: Air North-Yukon’s Airline (Canada) Boeing 737-505 WL C-GANH (msn 27153) YVR (Steve Bailey). Image: 924540.

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Air North to expand eastward to Yellowknife and Ottawa

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/ Air North’s Boeing 737-48E C-FANB (msn 25764) arrives at the traditional southern terminus of Vancouver.

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Current Route Map: The expansion eastward to Yellowknife and Ottawa will bring new traffic to the Yukon.

Air North 11.2013 Route Map


Air North starts new seasonal jet service from Kelowna to Whitehorse

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/ Boeing 737-48E C-FANB (msn 25764) taxies to the gate at Vancouver International Airport.

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Air North 6:2013 Route Map


Air North brings the Boeing 737 to northern Yukon for the first time

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.

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Air North’s first Boeing 737-500 is now operating


Air North C-GANH B735, originally uploaded by Matt Dueck.

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.

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