One of Air Inuit Boeing 737-200s (C-GMAI) taken in Montreal. CLICK FOR LARGER.

One of Air Inuit Boeing 737-200s (C-GMAI) taken in Montreal. CLICK FOR LARGER.

Air Inuit was founded in November 1978 and is based in Dorval, Quebec, Canada. The airline operates north — way north into Nunavik and Nunavut. Many of their destinations are isolated and cut off from the rest of the world. The airline becomes an integral part of many communities being able to survive.

When Air Inuit started operating up north, there was almost no aviation infrastructure and the airline had to get creative. From their website:

“When we first began flying to remote communities along our coasts, we faced many unique challenges. In the beginning, winter ice strips were built with community participation. In summer, improvised tundra strips had to be marked out. Dispatchers or pilots often radioed ahead, alerting the people to illuminate the community’s landing strip with the headlights of their ATV’s or snowmobiles.”

Today, Air Inuit operates a diverse fleet of older aircraft including the: DHC6 Twin Otter, Avro 748, Boeing 737-200 combi (be sure to catch the ski gravel deflector on the front landing gear), Dash 8 and King Air.

The photo shown on this post highlights Air Inuit’s new “goose livery.” Their older livery was not too shabby with some simple lines, but this new one is pretty darn slick and the orange really stands out against the snow.

Are you able to see the three geese on the tail?

Edit: Thanks to reader Ken Fielding for pointing out the gravel deflector not being a ski, “Airlines operating regularly into gravel strips, as Air Inuit do, fit them to stop the nosewheel kicking up stones which can be ingested by the engines.  Quite a few MD-80’s had them fitted too for the same reason.”

Image: J P Gosselin

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7 Comments

It took me a while to spot the third goose!

Lennie Briscoe

Them be some old engines.

Hey David good story

If you look closely at the front of the engines you can see a small tube come off the front. Those tubes are also part of the gravel deflection kit to help prevent rocks from being ingested into the engines.

That is a great livery!

Some of these Boeings just keep on going…

C-GMAI was built in Mar-78 and delivered new to Air Gabon in Africa. It was with them for 30 years until it was sold to Air Congo in early 2008. Air Inuit bought it in late 2010 and gave it a complete refurb before putting into service early last year. So, it’ll be 34 years old in a couple of months. Not bad going is it!

Great livery! I love a good puzzle.

Subsequently “Air Intuit” has people’s checkbook registers on the tail…

Good colors, nice use of negative space, geographically relevant. The designer deserves some props. Can you imagine this livery on something sleek and sweet? An E190, a 757, an A330, a 787? Ooooo. Never gonna happen (well, maybe the E190), but it would be pretty.

Michel Carrière

I love it…
I love the idea of the GOOSE and the ingenuity of the puzzle!
It reminds me a great continuity of the past hum!!
I wish AIR INUIT a continuous success with and for the people.

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