Air Inuit (Inuktitut: ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᖓᑦᑕᔪᖏᑦ) is an airline based in the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada.[7] It operates domestic passenger services and charter and cargo services in Nunavik, Labrador and Nunavut. Its main base is Kuujjuaq Airport.[8]

Air Inuit
Air Inuit logo.svg
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A Twin Otter at Beechey Island visiting the graves of sailors from the lost expedition of John Franklin
IATA ICAO Callsign
3H[1] AIE[2] INUIT
FoundedNovember 1978; 41 years ago (1978-11)
AOC #Canada 2955,[3]
United States ILLF043F[4]
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer programIsaruuk Reward Program
Fleet size32[5]
Parent companyMakivik Corporation
HeadquartersSaint-Laurent, Quebec
Key peoplePita Aatami (President, Air Inuit)
Air Inuit headquarters at the Montreal-Trudeau Airport
One of Air Inuit's two Boeing 737-200s, at Val-d'Or Airport.
A DeHavilland DHC-8-102 belonging to Air Inuit at Cornwall, Ontario, May 2005


The airline was established and started operations in 1978 using a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver aircraft. The airline is collectively owned by the Inuit of Nunavik through the Makivik Corporation.[9]

In 1984 was acquired Chaparal Charters and its fleet of two Twin Otter and one DC-3.[10]

In 2012, Air Inuit relocated their headquarters to a new multi-purpose facility on Côte-Vertu Boulevard near the Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.[9]

In 2016, Air Inuit pilot Melissa Haney became the first female Inuk pilot to reach the rank of captain. She was featured on a commemorative postage stamp released by the Canadian Ninety-Nines.[11]


Air Inuit operates scheduled services to the following domestic destinations (August 2019):[6]

Scheduled flightsEdit

Province Community IATA ICAO Airport Notes
Newfoundland and Labrador Wabush YWK CYWK Wabush Airport
Nunavut Sanikiluaq YSK CYSK Sanikiluaq Airport
Quebec Akulivik AKV CYKO Akulivik Airport
Quebec Aupaluk YPJ CYLA Aupaluk Airport
Quebec Inukjuak YPH CYPH Inukjuak Airport
Quebec Ivujivik YIK CYIK Ivujivik Airport
Quebec Kangiqsualujjuaq XGR CYLU Kangiqsualujjuaq (Georges River) Airport
Quebec Kangiqsujuaq YWB CYKG Kangiqsujuaq (Wakeham Bay) Airport
Quebec Kangirsuk YKG CYAS Kangirsuk Airport
Quebec Kuujjuaq YVP CYVP Kuujjuaq Airport Base
Quebec Kuujjuarapik YGW CYGW Kuujjuarapik Airport
Quebec Radisson (La Grande) YGL CYGL La Grande Rivière Airport Base
Quebec Montreal YUL CYUL Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Base
Quebec Puvirnituq YPX CYPX Puvirnituq Airport
Quebec Quaqtaq YQC CYHA Quaqtaq Airport
Quebec Quebec City YQB CYQB Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
Quebec Salluit YZG CYZG Salluit Airport
Quebec Schefferville YKL CYKL Schefferville Airport
Quebec Sept-Îles YZV CYZV Sept-Îles Airport
Quebec Tasiujaq YTQ CYTQ Tasiujaq Airport
Quebec Umiujaq YUD CYMU Umiujaq Airport


Air Inuit also offers other charter services to anywhere in Canada, the United States and abroad.


As of November 2019 the Air Inuit fleet includes the following aircraft:[5]

Air Inuit fleet
Aircraft Number[5] Variants Notes[12]
Beechcraft King Air 3 100 Series 9 passengers
Beechcraft Super King Air 3 300 Series 11 passengers, listed as 350 at Air Inuit
Boeing 737 4 200 Series Combi aircraft, 112 seats maximum. These three combi aircraft are also able to operate from gravel airstrips.
Boeing 737 Classic 1 300 Series
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 6 300 Series 19 seats maximum, 3,200 lb (1,500 kg) cargo
De Havilland Canada Dash 8 12 100 Series, 300 Series 100 Series Combi aircraft, 37 seat maximum, 7,800 lb (3,500 kg) cargo; 300 Series combi and cargo aircraft, 45 seat maximum, 13,500 lb (6,100 kg)
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 3 2A Series Cargo only, not listed at Air Inuit

In addition Transport Canada lists a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter with a cancelled certificate.[13]

Air Inuit also has access to a Eurocopter Ecureuil (Aerospatiale ASTAR 350) through Nunavik Rotors and a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter through Johnny May's Air Charters.[12]

On 1 March 2016, Bombardier Inc. announced that Air Inuit would be the launch customer for the Bombardier Q300 Large Cargo Door freighter.[14]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On 16 March 1981, Douglas C-47 Skytrain, C-FIRW, was damaged beyond repair when it broke through the frozen surface of Lac Bienville while taxiing for take-off on a cargo flight.[15]


  1. ^ "The Airline Codes Website". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Transport Canada - Air Traffic Designators - TP 143 (PDF)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2007-03-31.
  3. ^ Transport Canada (29 August 2019), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC.
  4. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  5. ^ a b c "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Air Inuit". Transport Canada. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Destinations". Archived from the original on 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  7. ^ "Contact Information Archived 2018-02-09 at the Wayback Machine." Air Inuit. Retrieved on October 8, 2009. "547 Meloche Dorval (Quebec) Canada H9P 2W2 "
  8. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 58.
  9. ^ a b "History - Airinuit". Air Inuit. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Chaparal Charters". Airline History. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Air Inuit's 1st female Inuk captain lands commemorative stamp". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  12. ^ a b Air Inuit. "Our Fleet". Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  13. ^ Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Aircraft Details C-FTJJ
  14. ^ "Air Inuit to be Launch Customer for Bombardier Q300 Freighter with a Large Cargo Door". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  15. ^ "C-FIRW Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010.

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