Canadian North and First Air reveals first flight schedule since merger

posted on 2nd September 2019 by Justin Burns
Canadian North and First Air reveals first flight schedule since merger

Canadian North and First Air have revealed their first flight schedule since they merged in July this year.

From Friday, 1 November 2019 they will operate from the southern gateways of Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton, with seamless interline connections to destinations throughout Canada, the US and beyond.

They said the schedule has been designed to improve the sustainability of the merged airline by reducing excess capacity and eliminating the costly duplication of equipment and infrastructure.

The schedule sees a choice of early morning and mid-afternoon departures between Ottawa and Iqalui and same-day connections from Ottawa to all communities we serve within the Qikiqtani.

There will also be daily connectivity between Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak and Kugaaruk in both directions as well as new daily southbound connections from Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak and Kugaaruk to Edmonton via Yellowknife.

A daily Boeing 737-200 Combi service between Yellowknife and Cambridge Bay, will also be augmented by daily turbo-prop flights.

“The upcoming launch of our unified flight schedule will allow us to better allocate our resources so that we can offer the best possible service while at the same time improving the efficiency of our operations and enabling future investment,” said Chris Avery, president and CEO of Canadian North.

“We know that we play a crucial role in the well- being of the communities we serve and we will continue to work hard to earn the support and respect of our customers,with safe, caring and helpful service.”

Canadian North and First Air continue to operate separate reservations systems. Later this year, Canadian North will launch its combined reservations system, call centre, website and check-in processes and begin to bring its team members together under the unified Canadian North banner.

It is expected it will take between 18 and 24 months for Canadian North and First Air to transition to a single Air Operator Certificate, merge their maintenance operations and consolidate fleets.