Air Inuit has announced the ratification of an agreement for the acquisition of three Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft to be added to its fleet to better serve the people of Nunavik, its network and beyond.
The aircraft will be customized using Air Inuit's innovative combi configuration solution to provide 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."
By eventually replacing the venerable Boeing 737-200 aircraft currently in service, fuel emissions will be cut by nearly 40 per cent, the airline says.
The three Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft will be fitted with main deck cargo doors to meet requirements at hubs across Nunavik and beyond, which in turn 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 airline said.
This 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. Further details will be provided in the coming months.