Air Inuit firms agreement for three Boeing 737-800 aircraft

Render of an Air Inuit Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Image Credit: CNW Group/Air Inuit

Air Inuit, an Montreal-based airline serving communities in Nunavik and beyond, has ratified an agreement to acquire three Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft for its fleet.

The recent expansion aims to improve passenger transportation and cargo delivery while supporting the airline’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate change.

The new aircraft are to be customized using Air Inuit’s innovative ‘combi configuration’ solution to provide safe and comfortable passenger service and reliable freight delivery simultaneously.

By replacing the older Boeing 737-200 aircraft, Air Inuit also expects to reduce fuel emissions by nearly 40 percent.

Strategic aircraft acquisition

Air Inuit’s President and CEO, Christian Busch, emphasizes the importance of the new aircraft for enhancing the airline’s capacity to efficiently transport passengers and deliver essential cargo to the communities it serves.

This strategic move allows Air Inuit to meet the growing demands for air travel and cargo transportation in Nunavik and beyond. The new aircraft will operate in the custom ‘combi configuration’ for simultaneous passenger and freight uplift.


The acquisition of modern aircraft also aligns with the company’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and playing an active role in the fight against climate change.

Fleet renewal

The transition from the older Boeing 737-200 aircraft to the more advanced Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 models brings significant environmental benefits.

With improved fuel efficiency and advanced engine technology, these new aircraft can reduce fuel emissions by almost 40 percent.

This reduction in carbon footprint aligns with Air Inuit’s sustainability goals and demonstrates their dedication to environmental stewardship.

Cargo capabilities and community support

To cater to the cargo transportation requirements of the communities within Air Inuit’s network, the three Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft will be equipped with main deck cargo doors.

This enhancement ensures that essential goods and supplies can be efficiently transported to and from Nunavik and other locations.

Air Inuit’s commitment to serving its communities is further emphasized by Noah Tayara, the Executive Chairman, who highlights the airline’s pride in providing vital services for over 45 years.

Pita Aatami, the President of Makivik Corporation, acknowledged Air Inuit’s modernization initiative as part of a broader mission to contribute to economic and social development.

As a wholly-owned airline by the Nunavik people, Air Inuit plays a crucial role in the region’s growth and progress.

The fleet modernization project is made possible through significant investments by the Inuit of Nunavik, further empowering the local community and fostering economic opportunities.

Aircraft induction timeline

The introduction of the three new aircraft will occur gradually over the next 24 months, allowing for a seamless transition and ensuring minimal disruptions to operations.

This fleet modernization project not only requires the acquisition of new aircraft but also necessitates important upgrades to Nunavik’s airstrips.

Air Inuit is actively engaging with stakeholders and community members to prioritize the development of infrastructure in alignment with their needs and aspirations.

About Air Inuit

Founded by the Inuit of Nunavik in 1978, Air Inuit, a wholly owned subsidiary of Makivik Corporation, was created to provide air connections between Nunavik’s 14 coastal villages and the South, to promote trade and to preserve Inuit culture.

With more than 1,000 employees and a fleet of 30 aircraft, the Montreal-based carrier is also committed to the development of this immense territory and the prosperity of its people.

It provides support to various community organizations, cultural events, educational and sports programs, as well as the implementation of employment access programs for Inuit people.

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