Air Inuit

An Air Inuit Dash 8-300 combi at Kangiqsujuaq Airport on a winter’s day. Photo: F/O Geoffrey Mudrosky (Air Canada)

At A Glance

Pilots joined ALPA: November 2023

Pilot bases: Montréal, Kuujjuaq, La Grande Rivière, Kuujjuarapik, Puvirnituq, and Sept-Îles, Qué.

Hubs/key markets: Akulivik, Aupaluk, Inukjuak, Ivujivik, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kangiqsujuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq, Kuujjuarapik, La Grande Rivière, Montréal, Puvirnituq, Quaqtaq, Salluit, Schefferville, Sept-Îles, Tasiujaq, and Umiujaq, Qué., and Sanikiluaq, Nunavut

Headquarters: Montréal, Qué.

Operations: Air Inuit provides passenger and cargo service between Montréal, Qué., and Nunavik’s 14 remote coastal villages.

Fleet: B-737-200Cs, B-737-300Cs, B-737-800 combis, Dash 8-100 combis, Dash 8-100 medivacs, Dash 8-300 combis, Turbo Otter DHC-3s, Twin Otter DHC-6s, and King Air 350s

The pilots of Air Inuit joined ALPA in November 2023, becoming the Association’s 43rd pilot group.

The 204 Air Inuit pilots served notice to management on Dec. 14, 2023, of their intention to open contract negotiations, as they’ve been working without a collective agreement since the end of last June. In joining ALPA, the pilots are united in their resolve to negotiate and ratify a new agreement that includes fair compensation and quality-of-life enhancements.

In 1978, Air Inuit was established to provide air travel between Nunavik’s 14 remote coastal villages, transporting the necessary goods for these northern communities’ survival. For more than 40 years, Air Inuit pilots have demonstrated their expertise operating in the harshest conditions, on gravel airstrips through snow and ice, and are proud of their airline’s safety and maintenance record. The pilot group, along with the company, takes pride in promoting and preserving the Inuit culture and supporting various community organizations and cultural events. The company also provides funding for the communities it serves so that the local populations can train to become a mechanic, pilot, flight attendant, or ground crew member.

One of Air Inuit’s Dash 8-100s preparing for a flight at Salluit Airport. Photo: F/O Catherine Thibault (Air Inuit)