Canadian North launches larger jets for Kuujjuaq-Montreal route


The airline announced plans to put Boeing 737-700s into service last week

Canadian North is launching a new fleet of 737-700s, one of which can be seen here. The airline announced the addition of these aircraft to its Montreal-Kuujjuaq route on April 14. (Stock photo) (Photo courtesy of Canadian North)


Jorge Antunes

Canadian North has announced the launch of its so-called “next generation” Boeing 737-700 service between Montreal and Kuujjuaq.

At the same time, the airline is in the process of decommissioning the first of its older Boeing 737-300 models, it said in an April 14 press release.

Two more of the older planes will soon be retired, and the rest of Canadian North's 737-300 passenger aircraft fleet is scheduled to be retired sometime later, said Trevor Wilde, interim vice president of sales, marketing and distribution, in an interview Thursday.

The airline will continue to maintain its fleet of Boeing 737-300 Combi aircraft, which are combination passenger and cargo aircraft, “due to their incredible versatility,” Wilde said.

In total, Canadian North is bringing five 737-700s, two of which are already in use. Wilde did not provide a timetable for the others to enter service.

The more modern aircraft will offer greater fuel efficiency and range, more overhead luggage storage and in-seat power outlets. They will be able to carry medical stretchers if necessary, the release said.

“The permanent carry facility will ensure improved quality of health care and a much more relaxing experience for users,” Tulattavik Health Center Executive Director Larry N. Watt said in the release.

Tulattavik Health Center is the primary healthcare provider and hospital in Kuujjuaq. It assists with medical trips to the Nunavik Health Center in Montreal.