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First Air continues Nunavut expansion with introduction of Baker Lake connection to Rankin Inlet

Ottawa, Ontario – March 3, 2009, First Air, The Airline of the North is pleased to announce scheduled service 5 days per week between Rankin Inlet and Baker Lake effective March 16, 2009. This service will be operated by Unaalik Aviation on behalf of First Air and will connect directly to the recently announced First Air jet service between Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The service will provide more efficient travel reducing transit times between Baker Lake and the communities of Winnipeg, Iqaluit, Edmonton and Yellowknife. The flight from Baker Lake will depart at 11:45 arriving Rankin Inlet at 12:30 Monday to Friday utilizing Unaalik Aviation’s Beech 99 aircraft.

“This service provides the connection to First Air jet service that people in the community have been asking for,” said Jimi Onalik, President Unaalik Aviation. “We know that customers in this area will be pleased with this initiative.”

“This service to Baker Lake is a key addition to the First Air route network, connecting one of the largest communities in Nunavut to our extensive route network.” says Scott Bateman, President and CEO of First Air. “This First Air service will enable the constituents of Baker Lake to significantly reduce their travel time to Winnipeg and enjoy First Air’s unmatched customer service”.

Now including Baker Lake, First Air provides scheduled passenger and cargo services between 25 northern communities in Nunavik, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon with service to Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal. Over 1,000 First Air employees remain dedicated to excellence in customer service and the belief in continuous improvement making First Air “The Airline Of The North.”

Reservations can be made through First Air Reservations at 1-800-267-1247.

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