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First Air and Canadian North to Terminate Codeshare Deal

First Air ATR42
First Air

First Air has given notice to Canadian North that it will terminate their codeshare relationship, effective May 16, 2017.

The notice period is consistent with their codeshare agreement and provides for the orderly transition of bookings.

“The codeshare achieved the efficiencies and schedule improvements that we had hoped for. However our customers have told us that they strongly prefer to fly First Air on its own,” said Brock Friesen, President and CEO.

The Canadian airline recently announced that all six of its recently purchased ATR42-500s will be in service in early-2017.

“This large investment in newer generation all-passenger aircraft brings our ATR fleet to a total of 13, and together with our 737-400s, along with our capacity purchase arrangement with Summit Air for 90 seat jets, and our joint 767 freighter service with Cargojet, First Air now has ample fleet to provide a robust schedule in both the Eastern and Western Arctic,” added Friesen.

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