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May/June 2011

On March 31, First Air unveiled their Sivurariaqnik employment program in Rankin Inlet with a career showcase at the Siniktarvik Hotel in the afternoon, followed by an event at the airport that evening.

Over 700 members of the community came out to the airport anticipating the arrival of First Air’s Boeing 767 aircraft. This is the first time an aircraft of that size has landed in Rankin Inlet. The freighter further demonstrated its capabilities of operating in the Kivalliq region with its first load into Rankin Inlet on Saturday April 2 with close to 95,000 lbs of freight including 20 snow machines.

First Air President and CEO, Scott Bateman, presented KIA President Joe Kaludjak with a model B767 aircraft as congratulations, and thanked both Mr. Kaludjak and Kono Tattuinee, Vice-Chair of Sakku Investments Corporation, for the partnership between the Kivalliq Region, Sakku First Aviation Ltd and First Air. This event took place only months after a joint venture agreement was reached between First Air and Sakku Investments Corporation to create the new Kivalliq airline Sakku First Aviation Ltd.

First Air and Sakku First Aviation Ltd have dedicated significant resources to providing meaningful career and skills training opportunities in the North. Through their Sivurariaqnik program, the airlines are committed to creating a solid foundation for increased aboriginal employment.