Air Inuit to replace iconic Boeing 737-200 aircraft with three 737-800s

Air Inuit Boeing 737-200
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Air Inuit has confirmed it will add three Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft to its fleet.  

The new jets will replace the carrier’s three iconic Boeing 737-200 aircraft currently in service.  

The Canadian-based airline confirmed on July 3, 2023, that the aircraft will be “customized using Air Inuit’s innovative combi configuration solution to provide safe and comfortable passenger service and reliable freight delivery simultaneously”. 

“The addition of these aircraft to our fleet enhances our capacity to efficiently transport passengers and deliver essential cargo to the communities we serve,” said Christian Busch, president and CEO of Air Inuit. “Acquiring these modern aircraft also supports our airline’s goal of reducing carbon emissions and doing our part in the fight against climate change.” 

As airline’s increasing look to more efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft, Air Inuit said that the replacement jets will cut emission by nearly 40%. 

The three 737-800 aircraft will be fitted with main deck cargo doors to meet requirements at hubs across Nunavik, southern Quebec and beyond, which in turn will service each of the communities of Air Inuit’s network. 

This addition to Air Inuit’s fleet marks a milestone for the airline which was founded in 1978.  

“We can all be proud of this vital service which is celebrating 45 years of operation in 2023. Once again, Air Inuit is demonstrating leadership as it grows and adapts to the changing needs of the communities it serves,” said Noah Tayara, executive chairman of Air Inuit.  

The introduction of the three new aircraft will take place gradually over the next 24 months. 

“The modernization of Air Inuit’s fleet is part of a broader initiative to fulfil its mission as an instrument of economic and social development which is wholly owned by the Nunavik people,” said Pita Aatami, president of Makivik Corporation. “This is made possible thanks to important investments by the Inuit of Nunavik.” 

The fleet modernization project and the growth of the region will require important governmental investments to upgrade Nunavik’s airstrips.  

Discussions are currently underway with stakeholders to ensure this vision is developed in accordance with the priorities of community members 

The current fleet also includes De Havilland Dash-8 Combi 300, Twin Otter 300 and Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft.  

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