Air Inuit (3H, Kuujjuaq) is modernising its fleet with the phased addition of three combi-configured B737-800s over the next 24 months, the airline announced.

For this, Air Inuit needs to develop the first combi conversion supplemental type certificate (STC), reports Cargo Facts. The conversions are to be done by KF Aerospace with redeliveries anticipated to start after certification. The airline was not immediately available for comment.

According to the ch-aviation fleets module, Air Inuit currently operates a fleet of 26 aircraft comprising mainly De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Dash-8s but also including four B737-200Cs and one B737-300(QC).

The three B737-800s will replace the outgoing gravel-kit-equipped -200s and will be fitted with main deck cargo doors to meet requirements at hubs across Nunavik and beyond, which in turn service each of the communities of Air Inuit’s network.

The airline said its fleet modernisation project would require governmental investments to upgrade Nunavik’s airstrips and discussions were currently underway with stakeholders. Further details will be provided in the coming months.

Air Inuit is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Makivik Corporation. It was created in 1978 to provide air connections between Nunavik's 14 coastal villages and the Canadian South, to promote trade and to preserve Inuit culture.