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A Magnificent New Bird Takes Flight

Air Inuit was proud to announce the acquisition and refurbishing of its second Boeing 737 as part of its expanding air transport services offer throughout Northern Quebec and to destinations to the west and south.

Increased global demand for passenger travel and for raw materials, especially iron ore and precious metals, combined with the Quebec Government’s ambitious Plan Nord, has resulted in growing demand for flexible, frequent and reliable air travel to Quebec’s northernmost areas and resource-rich communities like Schefferville and Rouyn-Noranda.

The Boeing 737-200C is a combi aircraft, which means it can be configured for passengers, freight or any combination of both. It is one of the only aircraft of its kind equipped to land on gravel runways, making it ideal for northern operations and transport to areas slated for entirely new development. But it can also easily be adapted to offer all the comfort and amenities needed to create a personalized
in-flight experience, including warm meals.

The 737 is the best-selling jet airliner in the history of aviation and is a far cry from the pair of single-engine utility aircraft the company purchased back in 1978. The new 737-200C is the latest in a series of acquisitions that has seen Air Inuit’s fleet grow to nearly 30 aircraft. Today, the company’s fleet includes Beechcraft King Airs, de Havilland Twin-Otters and Bombardier Dash-8 100 and 300 Series turboprops to connect Montreal and other large urban areas in the south of Quebec to the 14 coastal communities of Nunavik.

This addition to the fleet was completely disassembled upon purchase and refitted inside and out. State of the art interior and exterior lighting systems, carpeting and upholstery were installed in addition to a new custom-built galley. The entire
rebuilding entailed some 40,000 man-hours and
5 months to complete. The aircraft was also the first to be endowed with Air Inuit’s new brand identity and livery design reflecting the Inuit peoples’ proud culture and affinity with wildlife. A number of aircraft in the fleet have since been graced with the new paint scheme.

You can also learn more about Air Inuit’s new brand identity by clicking here. To see Air Inuit’s entire fleet of aircraft, click here.