Sarliaq Aviation, a Nunavut-based company, in partnership with Quebec transporter Nolinor Aviation, has signed a 10-year agreement with Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. to provide air transportation for employees and cargo from Montreal and Abitibi-Temiscamingue to the company’s mining projects in the Kivalliq region in Nunavut. The contract was secured through a rigorous bidding process, during which the partner companies demonstrated that they met the mining company’s extensive list of prerequisites for punctual and safe service.
“Sarliaq Aviation and Nolinor have worked together since 2010, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership through this new contract,” said Silu Panniuq, president of Sarliaq Aviation. “This 10-year agreement will solidify the company’s future, ensure long-term employment and expand our service offer through Agnico Eagle.”
“We already provide employee and cargo transport for Agnico Eagle’s Meadowbank open-pit gold mine, near Baker Lake. The new agreement will add flights to Rankin Inlet for their new mine, Meliadine, currently under construction. In all, Nolinor will provide 416 flights per year, or 8 flights per week, to Nunavut,” explained Jacques Prud’homme, president of Nolinor Aviation.
High-performance planes serving Northern Canada
Transportation will be provided using the largest Boeing 737-200 fleet in the world, operated by Nolinor Aviation, a Quebec company based in Mirabel. These airplanes offer the best load capacity, the fastest flights and the most flexible configuration on the market. They can takeoff and land on a gravel strip and are used by most mining projects in Canada. Nolinor can transport passengers, cargo or a combination of the two. Safe, high-quality service is a major factor in Nolinor Aviation’s reputation, and the company has an on-time departure rate of more than 97% year after year.
About Agnico Eagle Mines
Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company that has produced precious metals since 1957. Its eight mines are located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, with exploration and development activities in each of these countries as well as in the United States and Sweden. Agnico Eagle employs more than 8,300 people and celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
About Sarliaq Aviation
Sarliaq Aviation Ltd. was established in 2016 under the Nunavut Business Corporations Act. In early 2017, the company became a certified Inuit firm through Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI). Sarliaq Aviation was created to provide turnkey solutions in air transportation.
Founded in 1992, Nolinor Aviation is an air transportation company specializing in commercial charter flights. With a fleet of aircraft that can be readily configured in numerous ways, Nolinor can meet the needs of clients looking to transport passengers, cargo or both. Nolinor Aviation offers air services across Canada and to the U.S. and many other destinations around the world, and is recognized for the safety of its equipment and its services. The Nolinor team counts 240 employees in 6 Canadian provinces, made up of senior pilots, experienced flight attendants, certified flight dispatchers and the best technicians in the industry. Nolinor Aviation (IATA code N5) is a private company, wholly owned by the Prud’homme family trust.
Top Copyright Photo: Nolinor Aviation Boeing 737-2K2C C-GNLK (msn 20836) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 929171.