The History of Air North
When examining the major impact of an airline, one should take into account the airline’s history. Air North -the Yukon’s airline has been around for 36 years and dates back to the 1970’s. Air North is a regional based carrier that provides service within the Yukon (the westernmost and smallest of Canada’s three federal territories) between the Yukon and British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Alaska (Fly Air North, 2013). These services also include scheduled passenger service, charter services for passenger and/or cargo and cargo and ground handling services (Fly Air North, 2013). The charter passenger service is provided throughout Canada and the United States. The Yukon’s airline is headquartered in Whitehorse, Yukon. It is the largest airline in the Yukon and is one of only five Canadian carriers that provide a year round scheduled domestic air service with jet equipment (Fly Air North, 2013). The airline also has over two hundred full-time and part-time employees in the Yukon and also operates a base in Vancouver, which employs over sixty people. Air North is one of the largest private sector employers in the Yukon (Fly Air North, 2013). Interestingly enough, is that one of fifteen Yukoners hold an equity or employment stake in Air North, Yukon’s Airline (Fly Air North, 2013).
Joseph Sparling (presently the owner) and Thomas Wood founded the airline on February 1, 1977(Fly Air North, 2013). Surprisingly, Air North first operated a charter service primarily in support of the mining industry (Fly Air North, 2013). Initially, Air North began operations with one Cessna 206, then slowly increased their aircraft to Cessnas 150, 172, 185, 206, and 237,the Dehavilland Beaver, Otter, and Caribou, the Britten Norman Islander also including the Beech 18 and 80 and the Douglas DC-3 and DC-4 (Fly Air North, 2013). By the mid 1980’s Air North began scheduled services within the Yukon and between the Yukon and Alaska (Fly Air North, 2013). However, in 1996 the Yukon’s airline began to replace its piston-powered fleet with turbo props (Fly Air North, 2013). By the year of 2000 the airlines fleet consisted of one Beechcraft Model 99 and three Hawker Siddeley 748 Series 2A’s (Fly Air North, 2013).
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