First Air Facts
With 71 years of flying experience, First Air is the leading airline in Canada’s Arctic, providing scheduled service between 31* Northern Communities and connections to Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
* In conjunction with our code share partners
- Scheduled air service connects 31 communities in Canada’s Arctic.
- Over $40 million annually is contributed to Canada’s northern economy.
- Charter services are provided worldwide.
- Over 225,000 passengers and 25 million kilograms of cargo (most flights carry both freight and passengers) are transported every year.
- Sales are approximately $190 million each year.
- More than 1000 employees, over 450 of whom live in the Arctic
- Major maintenance facilities are located in Ottawa, Edmonton, Iqaluit, and Yellowknife.
- First Air is wholly owned by the 9,000 Inuit of northern Quebec, through Makivik Corp., created to invest proceeds of the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.
- Makivik Corporation, a non-profit company, purchased First Air in 1990.
- The Inuit of northern Quebec have invested $50 million in equity and subordinated debt in First Air.
- Makivik, headquartered in Kuujjuaq, PQ, also owns Air Inuit Ltd., which has served Nunavik (northern Quebec) since 1978.