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First Air announces return of jet passenger service between Winnipeg and Rankin Inlet

Ottawa, Ontario – February 16, 2009 – Beginning March 2, 2009 passengers will once again be able to enjoy passenger jet service between the communities of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and Winnipeg, Manitoba. First Air, “The Airline of the North”, will offer jet service 5 days a week between these communities with a Boeing 737 aircraft.

Passengers will once again be able to enjoy First Air’s industry leading passenger service including direct jet service with hot meals, generous baggage allowance and superior customer service. The flight will operate Monday to Friday and will allow passengers to cut their current travel time in half.

“We have heard the concerns of the people, business and leaders in the region and believe there is an opportunity for this service to be successful”, says Scott Bateman, President and CEO of First Air. “We will be looking for the support of everyone who asked for this service to be restored and invite them back on board First Air”.

First Air, “The Airline of The North” provides scheduled passenger and cargo services between 24 northern communities in Nunavik, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon with service to Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal.

Mr. Chris Ferris
Vice President, Marketing & Sales
Phone: 613 254-6414