A Keewatin Air King Air B-200 parked under Canada’s northern lights. Photo: Capt. Matt Fansher (Keewatin Air)
At A Glance
Pilots joined ALPA: 2023
Number of pilots/flightcrew members: 93
Pilot bases: Eight bases across Ontario, Nunavut, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories
Hubs/key markets: Churchill, Winnipeg, and Thompson, Man.; Yellowknife, N.W.T; and Cambridge Bay, Rankin Inlet, and Iqaluit, Nunavut
Headquarters: Winnipeg, Man.
Operations: Keewatin has operated in the rugged Canadian Arctic for more than 50 years, logging over 120,000 hours of medevac airtime in some of the most challenging environmental conditions in the world.
Fleet: 15 King Air B-200s, 4 Pilatus PC12s, 2 Pilatus PC24s, and 4 Cessna Citation C560s
By joining ALPA in June 2023, the Keewatin Air pilots became the 42nd group to be represented by the Association and the seventh of eight Exchange Income Corporation (EIC)-owned airlines with ALPA-represented pilots. In becoming ALPA members, Keewatin pilots have benefited from the support of and networking opportunities with the other pilot groups of EIC-owned carriers as they work to achieve their first collective agreement. They’re also proud to bring into ALPA another airline serving the far north, sharing their knowledge with other pilot groups facing the unique challenges of flying in the region.
This past summer, Master Executive Council (MEC) leaders, in conjunction with senior ALPA staff, were busy building the MEC committee structure and preparing for contract negotiations scheduled to take place in January. The pilots look to achieve improvements to quality-of-life provisions, compensation, and scheduling.
Keewatin operates both charter and air-ambulance services. And whether it’s transporting passengers with medical needs on a charter aircraft or transporting patients by air ambulance, the pilots take pride in knowing their airline’s air medical program is recognized as one of the best air-ambulance services in Canada.