North Star Air (Ontario) (Thunder Bay) has taken delivery of its maiden ATR72-500 following the arrival of C-FNSJ (msn 914) in Winnipeg Int'l this past weekend.

According to Skyliner Aviation, the 7.6-year-old turboprop was positioned to Canada from Ho Chi Minh City, home of its previous operator VASCO - Vietnam Air Services, via Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Anchorage Ted Stevens. It is the first aircraft of its type to ply commercial services in the country.

Earlier this year, North Star Air had wet-leased ATR42-300 C-GLDE (msn 374) from West Wind Aviation (WEW, Saskatoon) for a brief period. The Avions de Transport Régional turboprop was subsequently replaced with a Dash 8-200 wet-leased from R1 Airlines (TSH, Calgary).

A unit of Cargo North (Thunder Bay), North Star Air also operates a Beech (twin turboprop) King Air 65, two Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208Bs, five DC-3s, and six PC-12s on scheduled flights throughout Northwestern Ontario.