Bearskin Airlines

Infobox_Airline
airline=Bearskin Airlines
logo=BearSkinlogo.pnglogo_size=200
fleet_size=13
destinations=17
IATA=JV
ICAO=BLS
callsign=BEARSKIN
parent=
founded=July 17, 1963
headquarters=Sioux Lookout, Ontario
key_people=John Hegland, Founder
hubs=Sioux Lookout Airport, Thunder Bay International Airport|, |Winnipeg Airport
focus_cities=Greater Sudbury Airport
frequent_flyer=
lounge=
alliance=
website= http://www.bearskinairlines.com

Bearskin Lake Air Services Ltd., trading as Bearskin Airlines, is a regional airline based in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada. It operates services in northern Ontario and Manitoba. Its main bases are Sioux Lookout Airport (YXL) and Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT), with a hub at Greater Sudbury Airport (YSB)cite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | page= 84 | date= 2007-03-27] .

History

The airline was established in 1963 and started operations in July 1963. It was founded on the Bearskin Lake reserve. Following the collapse of NorOntair in 1996, Bearskin picked up over two thirds of that carrier's routes. It is owned by Harvey Friesen (President), Cliff Friesen (Executive Vice-President), K Friesen, R Baratta and B Martin and has 240 employees.

Destinations

Bearskin Airlines operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations (as of January 2008): [ [http://www.bearskinairlines.com/reservation.shtml Reservations] ]

Ontario

* Dryden (Dryden Regional Airport)
* Fort Frances (Fort Frances Municipal Airport)
* Kapuskasing (Kapuskasing Airport)
* Kenora (Kenora Airport)
* Regional Municipality of Waterloo (Region of Waterloo International Airport)
* North Bay (North Bay/Jack Garland Airport)
* Ottawa (Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport)
* Red Lake (Red Lake Airport)
* Sault Ste. Marie (Sault Ste. Marie Airport)
* Sioux Lookout (Sioux Lookout Airport)
* Sudbury (Sudbury Airport)
* Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay International Airport)
* Timmins (Timmins Airport)
* Kitchener (Region of Waterloo International Airport)

Manitoba

* Flin Flon (Flin Flon Airport)
* Lynn Lake (Lynn Lake Airport)
* The Pas (The Pas Airport)
* Winnipeg (Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport)

As of October 1, 2007 Bearskin launched a three time/day service from the Regional Municipality of Waterloo to Ottawa with a 3-trip return each day as well.

Fleet

The Bearskin Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (as of January 2008): [ [http://www.bearskinairlines.com/aircraft.shtml Bearskin Airlines aircraft] ]
*13 Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner

Affinity Programs

The airline offers Aeroplan rewards points, both to collect and to redeem.

References

External links

* [http://www.bearskinairlines.com Bearskin Airlines]


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