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Canadian North Announcing Unified Air Operator Certificate and Call Sign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Effective May 26, 2021 – Canadian North will operate under a single Air Operator Certificate (AOC), adopting a new call sign, ARCTIC, and 3 letter designator, AKT, for all flights. Call signs EMPRESS and FIRST AIR will be retired.

For the past 18 months, Canadian North’s network has been operated under the two separate AOCs of its legacy organizations, Canadian North and First Air. The unification of operations under a single AOC is a significant milestone, allowing Canadian North to serve its customers with a fully harmonized set of operating procedures and protocols.

The ARCTIC call sign is a reminder of the rich history of aviation in the Arctic, the part each legacy organization has played in the past and the role that Canadian North will continue to play in the future: providing an essential service to communities, connecting people across the North and introducing the beauty of northern communities to the world. It also speaks to resilient operations and warm customer service, honed in Northern Canada and offered every day to industrial clients through workforce movement charters in Western Canada and beyond.

Chris Avery, President & CEO, remarked “The storied history of Canadian North and First Air is rich and admirable. With this respect of our past firmly in my mind, I am looking forward to our future together under call sign “ARCTIC”. I am encouraged and impressed every day with all that our employees are doing to deliver for customers across Canada that are counting on us. We are creating new history.”


About Canadian North:
Canadian North is a 100% Inuit-owned airline that connects people and delivers essential goods throughout Canada’s North – safely, reliably and always with friendly and helpful customer service. It operates to 26 destinations within the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunavut, from its southern gateways of Ottawa, Montréal and Edmonton, with a versatile fleet of Boeing 737 and ATR 42 aircraft. Canadian North is also the premier charter services provider for large resource sector clients requiring dependable, efficient and economical fly-in/fly-out air service and it operates flights across North America and beyond for sports teams, cruise lines, tour operators and other large groups. Canadian North is wholly-owned by Makivik Corporation and Inuvialuit Development Corporation.

For more information please contact:
Annie Thomlinson
Manager, Communications
Canadian North
Contact: Cell 613-614-7364 |
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