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First Air Facts

With 72 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

Here are the essential facts:


  • 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.


  • 3 Boeing 737-400 Combi
  • 1 Boeing 737-400 – All passenger
  • 2 Boeing 737-200 Combi
  • 2 Boeing 737-200 – All passenger
  • 7 ATR 42-300 Combi
  • 6 ATR 42-500 All Passenger


  • 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.


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