New air charter venture aims for share of Nunavik charter business

Former Makivvik Corp. executive George Berthe forms Uppik Aviation

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Nolinor Boeing 737 prepares to offload its cargo at a mineral exploration site after landing on an ice runway in Nunavut. (HANDOUT PHOTO)


A Nolinor Boeing 737 prepares to offload its cargo at a mineral exploration site after landing on an ice runway in Nunavut. (HANDOUT PHOTO)

A new joint venture plans to take advantage of the mining developments now edging closer to operation in Nunavik.

Developpements Aputik and Nolinor Avitation have formed an Inuit-owned company, called Uppik Aviation, to provide air charter services in Nunavik.

The deal sees Nolinor using their fleet of Boeing 737 and Convair 580 aircrafts operating charter flights booked with Uppik.

“Our partnership will provide more options for passengers and cargo to move by air into and across the North,” said George Berthe, president of Developpements Aputik and Uppik, and a former Makivvik Corp. executive, who was involved in that organization’s two subsidiary airlines, First Air and Air Inuit.

Nolinor plans to add to its fleet of 737 jets, with delivery of a fourth jet scheduled for later this month and more later this year.

Its jets have a certified bulk fuel hauling system for its 737 jets, which means they can deliver fuel products to remote sites.

The March 11 news release about the new partnership says Uppik will be able to carry people, cargo, and bulk fuel to remote sites with “very little infrastructure on the ground.”

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