North Star Air

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North Star Air
IATA CDD Callsign
AOC #11025[2]
HubsThunder Bay International Airport,
Pickle Lake Airport,
Red Lake Airport,
Thompson Airport,
Kapuskasing Airport
Secondary hubsSioux Lookout Airport
Fleet size14,[3] 18[4]
Parent companyThe North West Company
HeadquartersThunder Bay, Ontario
Key peopleFrank Kelner

North Star Air is a Canadian charter, passenger and cargo airline headquartered in Thunder Bay, Ontario,[6] with secondary passenger hub in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and cargo hubs located in Pickle Lake, Red Lake, Kapuskasing and Thompson, Manitoba. The majority of destinations served are First Nations communities, with regular service to 18 airports under "Flex Flight Passenger Service",[5] and other regional destinations under an on-demand basis. Founded in 1997 as a floatplane operator with two DHC-2 Beaver aircraft based in Pickle Lake, the airline has grown over the years and came under new ownership in 2012. In 2015 Cargo North and North Star Air merged under the North Star banner. In 2022 North Star Air opened up their brand new cargo depot based in Winnipeg.

On 28 April 2017, it was announced that North Star Air had been purchased by The North West Company for a sum of $31 million.[7]

First Nation Community Partners[edit]


Flex Flight Passenger Services

As of 2023 North Star Air flies to the following destinations:[5]


As of November 2023 North Star Air had the following 14 aircraft registered with Transport Canada and list 18 on their website.[3][4]

North Star Air fleet
Aircraft Number
TC list
North Star list
Variants Notes
ATR 72 4 5 ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) Based at Thompson, freight only[8]
De Havilland Canada Dash 8 2 Series 100 Combi aircraft, based at Thunder Bay, up to 39 passengers[9]
Douglas DC-3 3 3 Basler BT-67 Based at Kapuskasing, Pickle Lake, Red Lake and Thompson, freight only[10]
Pilatus PC-12 7 8 PC-12/45, PC-12/47, PC-12/47E Combi aircraft, based at Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay, up to 9 passengers[11]
Total 14 18



  1. ^ a b "Domestic Designator and Telephony Assignments" (PDF). Nav Canada. 10 February 2023. p. 1. Retrieved 27 February 2023. North Star Air: BF, BLACKFLY
  2. ^ Transport Canada (2 September 2019), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC.
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for North Star Air". Transport Canada. Retrieved 7 November 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Fleet". Retrieved 7 November 2023.
  5. ^ a b c "Route Map". Retrieved 20 January 2023. and "Schedules". Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Contact Us - Charter. Passenger. Cargo". Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  7. ^ "North West Company spends $31M to buy its own airline". 29 April 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  8. ^ "ATR 72-500F". Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Dash 8-100". Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Basler BT-67". Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  11. ^ "Pilatus PC-12". Retrieved 20 January 2023.

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