First Air teams up with Cargojet in Canadian north

First Air has teamed up with the Canadian air cargo service provider Cargojet to offer air freighter service between Ottawa, Winnipeg and Iqaluit, in Canada’s far north.


First Air teams up with Cargojet in Canadian north


First Air has teamed up with the Canadian air cargo service provider Cargojet to offer air freighter service between Ottawa, Winnipeg and Iqaluit, in Canada’s far north. Under a new agreement, Cargojet – through First Air – will be the exclusive provider of freighter aircraft lift from the southern points in Canada to and from Iqaluit, while First Air will continue to delivery cargo within Nunavut and across the North.

First Air announced a new agreement 24 June that will see Cargojet take over the remaining portion of the lease on First Air’s Boeing 767-200 freighter aircraft, which will do scheduled freighter runs from Ottawa and Winnipeg to Iqaluit three days a week. Until now, First Air’s freighter has been carrying cargo to Nunavut from Winnipeg for the North West Co., the owner of the Northern, Quickstop and Northmart chain of retail stories.

Through First Air, Cargojet will effectively become an exclusive freight carrier from the southern points in Canada to and from Iqaluit, while First Air will continue to delivery cargo within Nunavut and across the North. Cargojet already delivers cargo to the Baffin region for Canadian North, since the two entered into a similar contract in 2013 to carry freight from Winnipeg for Arctic Co-ops Ltd.