Air Inuit’s longtime VP moves into role of president, CEO
Christian Busch takes helm of Nunavik airline after 19 years
Air Inuit has a new president and chief executive officer.
Christian Busch, a longtime vice-president and chief operating officer at the Nunavik airline, was appointed to its top job as of April 1.
Busch takes the reins from the airline’s most recent president and CEO, Pita Aatami, now president of Makivik Corp.
Aatami retired from the airline, which is a Makivik subsidiary, last year to launch his election campaign.
Busch first joined Air Inuit in 2002.
The airline’s board of directors said Busch’s 19 years of experience in northern aviation comes as a major asset.
“His proven success in building long-term relationships with Nunavimmiut, our stakeholders, customers, and regulators hasn’t gone unnoticed,” said Air Inuit board chairperson Noah Tayara in a Tuesday news release.
“Over the years he has played a big role in growing and innovating the business, and most importantly his recognition of our dedicated employees makes him the best choice to lead Air Inuit.”
Air Inuit was founded in 1978 to serve Nunavik’s 14 communities with a single de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver aircraft.
Today, the airline’s fleet includes Boeing 737s, de Havilland Dash-8-300s and freighters, Twin Otters, a Beechcraft Super King and a Turbo Otter.