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Northern airlines enter merger discussions

First Air and Canadian North parent companies in talks


April 17, 2014
by MM&D Online Staff

EDMONTON, Alberta and KUUJJUAQ, Quebec—Makivik Corporation and NorTerra Inc, respectively the shareholders of First Air and Canadian North, have agreed to hold discussions leading to the merger of their operations consistent with a merger of equals, subject to the successful conclusion of negotiations and regulatory review.

The potential merger is intended to create a single airline entity that builds on the strengths and identities of the two companies. A merger would improve the sustainability of these critical Inuit birthright enterprises and would also create better air services and new economic development opportunities across the north.

Flight operations and services will remain independent and unaffected during the negotiation and regulatory review phases.

Makivik Corporation and NorTerra Inc will provide updates as discussions progress.

Canadian North and its founding companies (Canadian Airlines, Pacific Western Airlines, Transair, Nordair) has served Canada’s North with passenger and cargo services for more than 80 years. Offering scheduled flights to 19 destinations, Canadian North serves the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, via the southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa. Canadian North also provides  fly-in/fly-out charter services for large resource sector clients. Canadian North is a subsidiary of NorTerra Inc, which is owned by the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic.

With a fleet of 23 aircraft including the only two civilian owned and operated Hercules cargo aircraft in Canada, First Air has been connecting the people of the North for over 65 years. First Air offers scheduled, cargo and charter services to more northern destinations than any other airline. First Air is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Makivik Corporation and has around 1,000 employees, of which more than 450 work and live in the North.