Canadian North

Infobox_Airline
airline=Canadian North
logo=CanadianNorth.pnglogo_size=185
fleet_size=12 [http://www.tc.gc.ca/aviation/activepages/ccarcs/en/Current_E.asp?x_lang=E Transport Canada listing of aircraft owned by "Canadian North"] ] /14
destinations= 21
Company slogan= Seriously Northern
IATA=5T
ICAO=MPE
callsign=EMPRESS
parent= [http://www.norterra.com NorTerra Inc.]
founded=1989
headquarters=Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
key_people=Tracy Medve, President
hubs=Yellowknife Airport
focus_cities=Calgary International Airport
frequent_flyer=Aeroplan
lounge=
alliance=
website= http://www.canadiannorth.ca

:"For the geographic region, see Northern Canada."

Canadian North Inc. is an airline based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. It operates scheduled passenger services to major communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Southern gateways include Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary. Its main base is Yellowknife Airportcite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | page= 60 | date= 2007-04-03] .

History

The airline was established in 1989 to focus on the changing air transport needs of northern Canadian communities. Canadian North was purchased from Canadian Airlines in September 1998 by Norterra, a wholly Northern aboriginal-owned holding company, whose ownership is divided equally among the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit people of the western Canadian Arctic, and Nunasi Corporation, representing the Inuit people of Nunavut.

In 2001, following the merger between Air Canada and Canadian Airlines, Canadian North became an independent airline. After two years of utilizing three different schemes (two from Canadian and one from Air Canada) the airline adopted a new image in 2003. Its logo displays three of the distinctive symbols of the North: the polar bear, the midnight sun and the Northern Lights. [http://www.cdn-north.com/About_Us/OurImage.asp Canadian North website - Image] ] Recently, Canadian North's slogan has been changed from "Your North. Your Airline" to "seriously northern" (all in lower-case), with advertising changed to reflect different aspects of the company (serious service, serious delivery, etc.).

In June 2007, Canadian North began serving the Kitikmeot communities of Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Kugaaruk, and Kugluktuk.

As of 1 April 2008, flights began to 7 communities in the Qikiqtaaluk Region (Baffin Region) of Nunavut. [http://www.canadiannorth.ca/Passenger_Info/BaffinRoutes.asp Baffin Routes] ]

Destinations

As of 29 March 2008 domestic scheduled destinations: [http://www.canadiannorth.com/pdfs/routemap_canada_mar13.pdf Route map] and [http://www.canadiannorth.ca/pdfs/Flight_Schedule_April-1-2008.xls Flight Schedule] not including partnership destinations.]
*Alberta
**Calgary (Calgary International Airport)
**Edmonton (Edmonton International Airport)
*Northwest Territories
**Hay River (Hay River Airport)
**Inuvik (Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport)
**Norman Wells (Norman Wells Airport)
**Yellowknife (Yellowknife Airport)
*Nunavut
**Cambridge Bay (Cambridge Bay Airport)
**Cape Dorset (Cape Dorset Airport)
**Clyde River (Clyde River Airport)
**Gjoa Haven (Gjoa Haven Airport)
**Hall Beach (Hall Beach Airport)
**Igloolik (Igloolik Airport)
**Iqaluit (Iqaluit Airport)
**Kugaaruk (Kugaaruk Airport)
**Kugluktuk (Kugluktuk Airport)
**Pangnirtung (Pangnirtung Airport)
**Pond Inlet (Pond Inlet Airport)
**Qikiqtarjuaq (Qikiqtarjuaq Airport)
**Rankin Inlet (Rankin Inlet Airport)
**Taloyoak (Taloyoak Airport)
*Ontario
**Ottawa (Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport)Charter Operations
*SunFest Tours [ [http://www.laughlinchamber.com/newsletter/2007_february.pdf Laughlin Nevada Chamber of Commerce newsletter] ]
**Laughlin, Nevada/Bullhead City, Arizona, United States (Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport)
*Canadian Natural Resources Limited [ [http://www.cnrl.com/client/media/675/1600/selected_contracts_awarded_list-july_07.pdf Supply management - selected awarded contracts] ]
**Fort Mackay Alberta (Fort MacKay/Horizon Airport)
**Diavik Diamond Mine (Diavik Airport)
*BHP Billiton
**Ekati Diamond Mine (Ekati Airport)
*Edmonton Eskimos Football Club (Various airports)
*Suncor Energy (Fort McMurray Airport)
*D.N.D. Cadet Flights (Western Canada)

Fleet

The Canadian North fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 12 September 2008):

Programs and services

The airline offers Aeroplan rewards points, both to collect and to redeem. Passengers may redeem Air Miles points for travel on Canadian North. [ [http://www.canadiannorth.ca/Sales_Fares/Airmiles.asp Air Miles] ]

Canadian North also has its own "Aurora Concierge" program for frequent travellers. Benefits of being an Aurora Concierge member include: Priority check-in, baggage, and boarding, extra piece of checked luggage, free alcoholic beverages, no fee changes, personalized membership card and baggage tag, and more. [ [http://www.canadiannorth.ca/Passenger_Info/Aurora_Concierge.asp Aurora Concierge] ]

Canadian North in-flight service includes:
*Hot towels
*A choice of two free meals
*Free drinks (non-alcoholic)
*Advanced seat selection
*Free newspapers and magazines
*Colouring books for children

The airline also offered a Pivut Fare to Inuvialuit and Inuit (Nunavut) land claims beneficiaries. Available from 1 June 2007 to 31 May 2008 the Pivut Fare entitled a beneficiary to 50% off one regular round-trip airfare. [ [http://www.canadiannorth.ca/Sales_Fares/Pivut.asp Pivut Fare] ]

Partners

Canadian North links its own destinations to smaller communities with a partnership with airlines such as Aklak Air, Air Tindi, North-Wright Airways and Calm Air. [ [http://www.canadiannorth.ca/About_Us/ourpartners.asp About Us: Our Partners] ]

Footnotes

* According to CH-Aviation, FOVR, GRGI, GRGO, GZKH and GZTC are all operated by Regional 1. According to the Transport Canada listing GRGI and GRGO are registered to Canadian North.

References

External links

* [http://www.cdn-north.com Canadian North]
* [http://www.canadiannorth.com/Passenger_Info/Aurora_Concierge.asp Aurora Concierge]


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