Goose Bay, NL – The Innu Development Limited Partnership (IDLP) and the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies (NGC) announced today they have partnered with PAL Airlines for the provision of air services under a new brand, Air Borealis. Air Borealis will continue to provide quality service and reliability while being poised for growth both within Labrador and beyond. The Air Borealis brand represents the rich cultures of both indigenous groups.
“IDLP has enjoyed an excellent relationship with PAL Airlines over the last 20 years and we are excited to launch our new brand for this partnership,” said Simon Osmond, Business Manager, IDLP. “Air Borealis is positioned very well for future growth and enhanced service. We thank the NGC leadership for working with us to make this a reality and look forward to continued success,” stated Osmond.
“We are proud to be part of this partnership on behalf of our members. Air Borealis will improve air service to Nunatsiavut and other Labrador communities,” said Chris Webb, President and CEO of NGC. “NGC is delighted to partner with IDLP and PAL Airlines to build on the decades of exceptional service to the people of this region,” said Webb.
“We are very honoured to be part of this historic indigenous partnership,” said Brian Chafe, CEO, PAL Airlines. “The level of cooperation by both groups in bringing this together was unprecedented and I commend them for it,” added Chafe.
“We look forward to working with our partners to continue providing exceptional service to the people of Labrador,” said Calvin Ash, COO, PAL Airlines.
Air Borealis will continue to provide vital air service to coastal Labrador including added frequency with the introduction of a new midday flight to the North Coast. Air Borealis will also have access to more aircraft enabling faster response times and greater capacity for the delivery of goods and passengers.
Air Borealis has a Board of Directors with equal representation from each of its three partners. Air Borealis will commence operations on June 16, 2017.
About Innu Development Limited Partnership (IDLP)
Through the combined efforts of Mushuau Innu First Nation and Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, IDLP was created in 1998 to satisfy a need for economic development in both Labrador Innu communities.
While respecting Innu rights, territory and culture, Innu Development Limited Partnership represents the economic interests of the Mushuau and Sheshatshiu Innu communities by creating and managing equity through ownership and partnerships in strategic industries; by creating opportunities for employment and Innu private businesses; and by encouraging the development of Innu economic capacity through training and education.
For more information on IDLP, please visit http://innudev.com/
About Nunatsiavut Group of Companies (NGC)
Nunatsiavut Group of Companies (NGC) is the business arm of the Nunatsiavut Government. Reporting to the Labrador Inuit Capital Strategy Trust, NGC’s Mission is to create wealth in trust for Nunatsiavut Beneficiaries by owning profitable, sustainable businesses. Our business lines include marine transportation, air transportation, commercial real estate, construction, remote camp operations, logistics, and heavy civil. NGC brings capacity and expertise to projects in Labrador and beyond.
For more information on NGC, please visit http://www.ngc-ng.ca/
About PAL Airlines
PAL Airlines is a regional airline based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, serving 27 destinations throughout Eastern Canada. They have over 40 years’ experience in the aviation industry providing quality service to an array of clients and customers. Their solid reputation has been built on safety, reliability and exceptional customer service. Most recently PAL Airlines were the recipients of the 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2012 Bombardier on time performance award for Q 100, 200 and 300 operators in all of North America.
Chris Webb 709-896-8505
Melissa Adams 709-896-3174
VP Business Development 709-725-0027