First Air is an airline headquartered in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. First Air has also assisted in various humanitarian missions such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake, airlifting relief supplies and equipment. Its main base - including a large hangar and maintenance facility - is Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, with hubs at Iqaluit Airport and Yellowknife Airport. First Air is wholly owned by the Inuit people of Quebec through the Makivik Corporation, who purchased the company in 1990.
The airline was founded by Canadian aviation pioneer Russel (Russ) Bradley and started operations as Bradley Air Services in 1946 and is still registered under that name. First Air first started scheduled operations in 1973. In 1995 First Air bought Ptarmigan Airways, and in 1997 it bought Northwest Territorial Airways, both of which were merged into First Air. In February 2011, First Air along with Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC) started a new airline named Qikiqtani First Aviation Ltd. The new company provides services throughout the Qikiqtani Region utilizing First Airâ€™s fleet.
First Air operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations: Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario and Quebec.
The airlineâ€™s fleet consists of the following aircrafts: 9 AÃ©rospatialeÂ ATR 42, 2 AÃ©rospatialeÂ ATR 72, 1 Hawker Siddeley HS 748, 1 Boeing 727, 7 Boeing 737, 1 Boeing 767 and 2 Lockheed L-100 Hercules.
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