A message from our CEO
It’s an eventful summer at First Air. In addition to the usual anticipation of community festivals and events, we are also busy gearing up for some key upcoming initiatives.
We recently welcomed our new Sales Manager for the Nunavik Region, Shelly Watkins, to the team. Born and raised in Kuujjuaq, Shelly speaks English, Inuktitut and French. Shelly is based at our Head Office in Ottawa and will be traveling to Kuujjuaq regularly to support our efforts in business development and customer service as we continue to increase resources and focus in this key market.
First Air is proud to be the Official Air Carrier and Platinum Sponsor of the Nunavut Tradeshow and Conference this fall. From September 24 to 26, Nunavut businesses, Government agencies, suppliers, investors and entrepreneurs will gather in Iqaluit for three days of networking and business development. We are looking forward to working with the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce to facilitate delegate travel and exhibitor cargo, while taking the opportunity to connect with our customers at this very important event.
The most exciting news continues to be our three B737-400s. The first aircraft is expected to be introduced on the Ottawa-Iqaluit market as an all passenger aircraft in early August, while the remaining two will undergo engineering modifications to operate as combi aircraft. The combi aircraft are expected to enter service in late 2013 and early 2014. The B737-400 is close to 6 metres longer than the B737-200, allowing us to increase capacity and operate at a higher level of efficiency.
We are excited to build on these initiatives while continuing to strengthen our operation and customer service levels. I am making a personal commitment to travel our network as frequently as possible. Having already visited our major hubs of Rankin Inlet, Kuujjuaq, Iqaluit and Yellowknife in the coming weeks, this summer I will be spending time in some of the communities we serve in the High Arctic.
See you onboard and thank you for flying First Air, the Airline of the North.