Air North
IATA ICAO Callsign
4N ANT[1] AIR NORTH[1]
Founded1977
AOC #Canada 3121,[2] United States VTDF205F[3]
HubsWhitehorse International Airport
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programNone
Fleet size10[4][5]
Destinations12[6]
HeadquartersWhitehorse, Yukon
Key peopleJoseph Sparling (CEO and President)
Websiteflyairnorth.com

Air North Charter and Training Ltd., operating as Air North, Yukon's Airline, is a Canadian airline based in Whitehorse, Yukon. It operates scheduled passenger and cargo flights throughout Yukon, as well as between Yukon and the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. The airline also operates charter flights throughout Canada and Alaska. The airline also provides ground handling services and fuel services to other airlines throughout Yukon, and it also provides ground handling services at Vancouver International Airport and Edmonton International Airport. Its main base is Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport.[7]

History

A Douglas DC-3 in Air North livery. The airline acquired several DC-3s throughout the 1980s.

The airline was established by Joe Sparling and Tom Woods, and started flight training and general purpose charter operations in 1977 with a single Cessna 206. Throughout the 1980s, the company grew and acquired several aircraft including Douglas DC-3s, a Douglas DC-4, and a variety of Cessnas, de Havillands and other aircraft. Air North also began offering scheduled passenger and cargo service in addition to charter services.

During the 1990s, its piston-powered fleet were replaced with more modern and reliable turboprop aircraft, and by 2000 the fleet consisted of one Beechcraft Model 99 and three Hawker Siddeley 748 Series 2As.

The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation of Old Crow also began investing in Air North during this time. This investment enabled Air North to acquire two Boeing 737-200 jets in 2002. These jets allowed Air North to begin competing with the mainline carriers between Yukon and Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. These routes proved to be successful and have since been joined by Kelowna, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Toronto, and Victoria. Since Air North began scheduled jet service, passenger traffic at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport has doubled, and by 2014 nearly 60% of Whitehorse passengers were flying Air North.[citation needed]

The Beech 99 was sold in 2005, a fourth Hawker Siddeley 748 was acquired in 2006, and in 2008. a Boeing 737-200 Combi was acquired. The combi's large main deck cargo door and moveable bulkhead allowed for all-cargo as well as mixed cargo/passenger operations. A gravel kit was later installed on the 737 Combi, allowing the aircraft to operate on the airline's northern routes.

An Air North Boeing 737-500 in July 2012. The airline acquired several 737s in the 2010s.

In 2010, the airline started a new fleet expansion and modernization plan, starting with the purchase of a 737-400 and a winglet-equipped 737-500. In 2012, a fifth HS-748 (a pure freighter equipped with the large freight door) and a second 737-500 were acquired. 2014 saw the arrival of the third 737-500 sporting an updated livery, and a fourth 737-500 was put into service in 2016.

In 2017, two ATR 42 combi aircraft were introduced to replace existing HS748 aircraft, ending worldwide scheduled passenger HS-748 service. With newer aircraft in service, the three 737-200s and five HS-748s were retired or sold. Some are now parked behind Air North's maintenance base and used for spare parts and staff training.[8]

Since the arrival of the Boeing 737s, the main Air North base in Whitehorse has steadily expanded. It now includes the original hangar which is now used as a cargo warehouse and ground equipment shop, a new aircraft maintenance hangar, a reservations and administration building, an operations centre, an in-house catering and cabin services department, and a fuelling facility. Air North also operates secondary bases in Vancouver, B.C. and Dawson City, Yukon. The in-house catering building opened in the mid-2000s, enabling Air North to offer a complimentary light meal in-flight. Yukon products are featured when possible, and often include Midnight Sun coffee and Yukon Brewing beer. Over the years Air North has won several awards for its outstanding customer service, and was recently[when?] named "the 2nd most loved airline in the world" by Fortune magazine.[citation needed]

In conjunction with North of Ordinary Media, Air North launched its inflight magazine, Yukon, North of Ordinary[9] in February 2007. The magazine is published quarterly and is available in-flight, via subscription, and in bookstores across Canada. The magazine is owned and operated by North of Ordinary Media of Carcross, Yukon.

An Air North flight receives a water-cannon salute after completing the airline's first scheduled flight to Victoria from Whitehorse, May 2018.

Most of Air North's work is scheduled passenger and cargo flights between Whitehorse and Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Dawson City, Old Crow, Mayo and Inuvik. It also has summer seasonal service to Yellowknife, Ottawa and Toronto. Air North also runs regular freight trips and fuel-haul flights to the fly-in only community of Old Crow, Yukon. In addition to scheduled routes, Air North also offers passenger, combi, cargo and fuel-haul charter services to anywhere in North America with the ATR 42s and Boeing 737s. Regular charter customers include mine operators, cruise ship tour operators, fishing lodges, and sports teams.[10] During the 2021 Canadian federal election, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh's campaign chartered an Air North Boeing 737-500.[11]

The remainder of Air North's revenue comes from ground handling services at Whitehorse, Dawson City, Old Crow, Edmonton and Vancouver Airports, as well as Jet-A refuelling services at Whitehorse. Air North is currently the main provider of Jet-A fuel service in Whitehorse. It is also the ground handler for Condor Airlines and WestJet Airlines in Whitehorse, as well as several airlines in Vancouver.

In May 2022, Air North launched its inaugural twice-weekly flight to Toronto via Yellowknife.[12]

Air North is now owned by Joseph Sparling (51%) (President, CEO, and Boeing 737 Captain) and the Vuntut Development Corporation (49%), an arm of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. Air North is one of the largest private sector employers in Yukon. As of 2015 it has over 500 employees and more than 1,200 Class C & D shareholders.

Destinations

Scheduled flights

Air North Boeing 737-400 at Vancouver International Airport.

As of October 2023, Air North provides scheduled service to the following destinations.[6]

Country Province/territory City Airport Notes
Canada Alberta Calgary Calgary International Airport
Edmonton Edmonton International Airport
British Columbia Kelowna Kelowna International Airport
Vancouver Vancouver International Airport
Victoria Victoria International Airport
Northwest Territories Inuvik Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport
Yellowknife Yellowknife Airport Seasonal
Ontario Ottawa Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport Seasonal
Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport Seasonal
Yukon Dawson City Dawson City Airport
Old Crow Old Crow Airport
Whitehorse Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport Hub
Air North Boeing 737-200 at McCarran International Airport on charter operations

Fleet

Current fleet

As of October 2023, the Air North fleet consists of the following aircraft:[4][5]

Air North fleet
Aircraft Total Variants Passengers Notes
ATR 42 2 ATR 42-320 42 / Cargo Air North lists all four aircraft as ATR 42-320 with one a dedicated cargo aircraft.
Cargo aircraft taken over from Fedex Feeder[13]
2 ATR 42-300
Boeing 737 Classic 1 737-400 156
4 737-500 122
Boeing 737 Next Generation 1 737-800 180 Aircraft is not listed at the Air North site
Total 10

Historic fleet

Aircraft previously operated include:[14]

Livery

Tails on Air North airplanes are painted orange with a "Yukon" wordmark. The design is also used on the plane's winglets (if present).

Air North's aircraft are painted white except for the lettering on the fuselage, wings and vertical stabilizer. On the fuselage, the words "Air North" and "Yukon's Airline" are painted, although the positioning varies by aircraft type. On aircraft without winglets, "flyairnorth.com" is painted somewhere on the fuselage.

The tail is painted orange with a stylized "Yukon" printed in white.

On aircraft with winglets, the outside is designed like the tail, with an orange background and the stylized "Yukon" printed on it. On the inside, "flyairnorth.com" is printed.

Yukon, North of Ordinary

Yukon, North of Ordinary (YNoO) is a quarterly arts, travel, and culture magazine in Yukon, Canada. The magazine was first published in February 2007.[15] It is also the official inflight magazine for Air North.[9]

Accidents and incidents

References

  1. ^ a b "ICAO Designators for Canadian Aircraft Operating Agencies, Aeronautical Authorities and Services" (PDF). Nav Canada. 4 May 2023. p. 1. Retrieved 25 July 2023. Air North Charter: ANT, AIR NORTH
  2. ^ Transport Canada (25 July 2023), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC. wwwapps.tc.gc.ca.
  3. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Our Fleet". Air North. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Air North". Transport Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Air North Destinations". Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  7. ^ "Air North". AirlinesHQ.com. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  8. ^ "Air North Experience | Corporate Information". Archived from the original on 28 December 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Publications: Yukon, North of Ordinary". Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  10. ^ "Charters | Fly Air North". www.flyairnorth.com. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  11. ^ "Here's what we know about the planes on Canada's federal election trail". 31 August 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  12. ^ "Announcing Service to Toronto, Ontario". Air North. Archived from the original on 28 November 2021. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  13. ^ "C-FVGY Air North ATR 42". www.planespotters.net. 13 October 2023. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  14. ^ "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: History Search Result for Air North". 28 April 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  15. ^ "Yukon, North of Ordinary". Beakingoff. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  16. ^ Accident description for C-GPAC at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 9 May 2013.
  17. ^ Accident description for C-GZOF at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 9 May 2012.
  18. ^ Accident description for C-FGNI at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 9 May 2012.