Which Airlines Still Fly The Boeing 737-300?

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by Jake Hardiman | September 25, 2021

The Boeing 737-300 was the first variant from the 737 Classic series to take to the skies, doing so in 1984 with USAir. Boeing produced 1,113 of these aircraft, accounting for over half of 737 Classic deliveries as a whole. Now 37 years on from the type’s first flight and entry into service, let’s take a look at which airlines still fly this popular 737 variant.

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Belavia still has three active 737-300s in its fleet. Photo: Getty Images

The largest operators

According to data from ch-aviation.com, there are present 109 active passenger 737-300s left in the world. This version of Boeing’s best-selling narrowbody family is the mid-size variant in the 737 Classic series, being larger than the -500 and smaller than the -400.

Its largest current operators each have eight examples in their respective fleets. These are Canadian North, iAero Airways (USA), and the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (China). Mexican holiday specialist Magnicharters is just behind, with seven examples.

There is then a gap down to the next-largest active 737-300 fleets. These belong to Kyrgyzstan‘s Avia Traffic Company and Gambia’s Mid Africa Aviation (four each). Several operators worldwide have three remaining active 737-300s. These are Air Peace, Belavia, Boliviana, MaxAir, Star Perú, and Trigana Air Service. But what about even smaller fleets?

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Canadian North has the joint-largest 737-300 fleet, with eight active examples. Photo: Johnnyw3 via Wikimedia Commons

Smaller fleets

The 109 remaining active 737-300s represent less than 10% of the total production output for the type. Of these, several are in pairs at different airlines worldwide, with some even flying solo. Examples of operators with two 737-300s include Aerolíneas Estelar, ALK Airlines, Broadsword Aviation, Bul Air, Cally Air, Coulson Aviation, and Dana Air.

There are also military operators with two 737-300s, such as the Mexican Air Force. The remaining companies that fly the type are flyPersia, Jordan Aviation, Saha Airlines, Sands Aviation, SCAT Airlines, Tarom, and Varesh Airlines. Of course, it’s important not to forget the several operators worldwide that fly a single remaining 737-300.ADVERTISEMENT

These are widespread, and include Africa Airlines, Air Bucharest, ATA Airlines, Azman Air, and B&K Aero. Elsewhere, sole 737-300s can be found at Blue Bird Airway, Fanjet Express, Fly Jordan, FlyJet, Jonika Airlines, and even the Korean Air Force. Finally, Lumiwings, Mirage Aviation, Nauru Airlines, NordStar, Rutaca Airlines, Sideral Linhas Aéreas, Tarco Aviation, Tayaranjet, Trans Air Cargo, UR Airlines, and Yan Air also have a single example.

Boeing 737-300 flying.
The 737-300’s days are numbered, with several already over 30 years old. Photo: Getty Images

Running out of time

While a decent amount of Boeing 737-300s are presently active, this number will only get smaller as time passes. The fact of the matter is that these aging twinjets are likely approaching the end of their service lives. Data from ch-aviation shows that several examples have exceeded three decades of service, with the oldest about to hit 37 years old.

Even the youngest active examples have comfortably exceeded two decades of service, at around 22 years old. That being said, while the 737-300 is a dying breed, it does also play a useful role. Being an older design, it can be a cheaper option for smaller airlines in developing aviation industries, enabling air service in far-flung corners of the world.

Canadian North: Exciting Changes to our Cargo Products are coming…

June 15, 2021

Canadian North is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of our new Corporate Air Cargo program.

Our new Air Cargo program will provide for a more simplified and transparent shipping service for all customers across our route network. We have updated our suite of cargo products to better reflect market needs, providing consistent rates system-wide, and aligning with industry standards, which will include refreshed rates for the handling of special commodity items and fuel surcharge adjustments.

As a loyal customer of Canadian North, these changes may provide for a standardized discount based upon the volume of your business. We are approaching this new program by relating the costs of shipping to the service level provided, and reducing the number of commodities for a simplified customer experience. The new program will provide you with options of different service levels allowing you to decide which product and rate are right for your shipment.

Under the new program, we will continue to provide corporate discounts which correspond with the volume that you are shipping. A significant change with the new cargo program will see the current food commodity SCR2194 being replaced with a TEMP Service for the handling of those products requiring temperature controls with a premium. This will allow us to continue to handle your shipment with the care and service that your product deserves.

Our new commodity codes, product levels, and public tariff rates went into effect on June 15, 2021. Although the new commodity codes and product levels came into effect yesterday, your current corporate program rates will remain fixed until such time you are moved over to the new program in the coming months.

In the interim, the Commodities of GEN and SCR2194 have been replaced with STND and TEMP respectively. Your current corporate rates for GEN and SCR2194 will continue under these new commodities of STND and TEMP until transition into the new program.

In the meantime, we have continued to extend all current rates and agreements. For those customers currently without an agreement who now qualify for a discount under the new program, we will be in contact with you to provide more detailed information on how these changes affect your account when it is transitioned.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support as we look forward to continuing with our strong partnership and assisting with your Air Cargo shipments.

What Airlines Still Fly Boeing 737 Combis? Canada istopping the list!

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by Linnea Ahlgren | May 25, 2021

While the past year has seen the rise of the ‘preighter’, cargo-passenger combination aircraft have slowly declined. With a history spanning over half a century, how many Boeing 737 Combi airplanes are still active in the skies today?

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Most civilian 737 Combis still in operation are flying to remote locations in the north of Canada. Photo: BriYYZ via Wikimedia Commons

The Boeing 737 was the world’s best-selling aircraft for decades before the Airbus A320 overtook it in total orders in November 2019. It was the first commercial jet ever to surpass the 10,000 milestone in 2012, and as of April 2021, Boeing had received a total of 14,693 orders for the 737 family.

Boeing also offered a few of its versions in a combi variant. The plane maker produced a total of 125 of the 737-200C, 737-300C, 737-400C, and eventually the 737-700C. However, only a handful of operators of the Boeing 737 Combi remain.

Government missions

According to data retrieved from the ch-aviation database, 13 carriers are operating a total of 36 active Boeing 737 Combi aircraft. Nearly half of these, all 737-700Cs, are the military version known as the Boeing C-40 Clipper and operated by the United States Navy.

Another two, both Boeing 737-400Cs approaching 32 years old, are in the care of the United States National Nuclear Security Administration, a federal agency ‘responsible for safeguarding national security through the military application of nuclear science’.

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Chrono Aviation operates a 737-200C. Photo: Airline12 via Wikimedia Commons

Canada topping the list

The remaining 19 Boeing 737 Combis are in service with carriers operating in remote locations, the majority of them located in Canada. With its main base at Kujjuaq Airport in Quebec, Air Inuit has three active 737-200Cs in its fleet, all close to or just over 40 years. Air Inuit operates domestic services to Labrador, Nunavik, and Nunavut.

Canadian North operates one 737-200C and two 737-400Cs. It acquired the latter two when merging with First Air in November 2019. The holly Inuit-owned airline also operates scheduled passenger services to communities in the Northwest Territories, Nunavik, and Nunavut, with a slogan reading ‘Fly the Arctic’.

Charter airline Chrono Aviation, based out of Québec City International Airport, also has a 38-year-old 737-200C in its fleet. Two Combi 737-200s are also deployed by Canadian commodities corporation Glencore.

Meanwhile, Montreal-based charter carrier Nolinor is still operating as many as four 737-200 Combi aircraft. Two are just over four decades old. However, one has passed the 45 mark, while another is still just over 36. The youngest of the group is a 737-200QC, which allows for conversion for either 130 passengers or a combination of passengers and cargo.

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Canadian North operates three 737 combis, two of which it inherited from the merger with First Air. Photo: Gordon Leggett via Wikimedia Commons

In service of the UN

In other parts of the world, Philippino leisure carrier SEAir International owns one active 737-200C, delivered just this January after a 40-year long history with FedEx, Alaska Airlines, and South African carriers Bionic Aviation and Fair Aviation.

Meanwhile, in Africa, Aviatrade Congo still operates a 737-200C over half a century of age. A younger model, a 28-year-old 737-400C, is owned by South African Safair but leased to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service.

Boeing 737 Classic Operator Canadian North Wants Three -700s

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by Sumit Singh | May 12, 2021

Canadian North president and CEO Chris Avery has shared that his airline is expecting three Boeing 737-700 aircraft this summer. The carrier plays a crucial role in serving communities across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. It is now looking to make the most of the unexpected opportunities brought about by the pandemic by upgrading its fleet.

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The company is a wholly Inuit-owned airline based in Kanata, Ontario. Photo: Canadian North

Overcoming the challenges

Boeing 737s make up the biggest portion of Canadian North’s fleet. The airline has a mix of -200, 200C -300, -300(QC), -400, and -400C aircraft in its holdings. Despite the diverse range of 15 737s, the carrier is interested in upgrading to meet its sustainability and efficiency targets.

In a talk with CAPA Live, Avery highlights that the industry conditions before the pandemic made it a challenge for his airline to get hold of an aircraft such as the 737-700. The 737 MAX was grounded, and passenger demand was at an all-time high across the continents. So, getting hold of a -700 at a reasonable price was, understandably, a tough task.

Moreover, the regions that Canadian North serves generally have low populations. As Avery explains it, adding another flight to Clyde River is not the same as providing an extra service to Las Vegas. Therefore, the carrier has to be more reserved with its fleet renewals.

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Avery emphasizes that the communities that his airline reaches see the impact of climate change first hand. Photo: Canadian North

Ready to take the leap

Nonetheless, the pandemic caused a significant shift amid the downturn in passenger activity. So, the situation is allowing for the operator to transition.Advertisement:

“Getting hold of 737 NG aircraft was cost-prohibitive for us because our scheduled business is reliant on low utilization … We also have a sizable charter business in the West, specializing in workforce movement for the oil sands, and more recently, liquefied natural gas work in northern BC. And again, that’s low utilization flying because we’re flying for the customers when they want,” Avery told CAPA Live.

“… but because of COVID, we’re now able to access next-generation 737 aircraft at lower ownership costs, which are more fuel-efficient and better for the environment than the classic aircraft that we operate. So, we’re moving up the chain and moving up to more fuel-efficient aircraft.”Advertisement:

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The 737-700 is a favorite in the industry. Photo: KLM

Keeping in communication

Canadian North also holds 13 ATR 42s. It also has a British Aerospace BAe 146, which it inherited from First Air. These turboprops are praised by airlines working in remote areas for their ability to take off and land in tough conditions.

Altogether, the airline in talks with ATR and Boeing about further renewing the fleet. The two manufacturers understand the economics of the airline. So, after the parties conclude on the right solution in the next chapter, there may be further additions this decade. Until then, Canadian North will be looking to put the 737 NG’s promoted superior, efficiency, reliability, and high-value returns to the test.

Canadian North to phase out jet service to western Nunavut hubs

From Nunatsiaq News – link to source story

Boeing 737-200 jets to be replaced by turbo-props

Canadian North plans to retire its two Boeing 737-200 Combis, which can land on gravel runways where other similarly sized jets can’t. (File photo)

By  Jane George | 29 April 2021

Canadian North plans to end its jet service to Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk because these two communities’ runways are not paved.

The airline’s two Boeing 737-200 jets that can land on gravel are nearing the end of their lives.

“To extend [their lifetimes] further would require prohibitively expensive capital investments,” said Andrew Pope, the airline’s vice-president, customer and commercial.

“Our intention is to instead invest those funds into new aircraft acquisitions to support our entire network, including the Kitikmeot region.”

The first 737-200 will be retired in May and the second will be retired as early as 2022.

Once that happens, Canadian North plans to use a new ATR42-500 turbo-prop aircraft for its service to the Kitikmeot. The airline will use a different, unspecified plane for cargo.

Turbo-prop aircraft may be slower than jet aircraft, he said, but the flights will only be around 20 minutes longer.

Ticket prices or cargo rates for the Kitikmeot region will not rise after the change in aircraft, Pope said.

Canadian North – Best Managed Companies 2021

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A commitment to serving Canada’s northern regions — in the best and worst of times

By Sadaf Ahsan | May 5, 2021

Someone stands next to a Canadian North airplane.

The company serves more areas in the north than any other Canadian airline. (Courtesy of Canadian North)

Throughout its evolution, Canadian North has been focused on bringing transportation to underserved communities. The company — which began as a subsidiary of Canadian Airlines in 1989 and is now an entirely Inuit-owned airline serving the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunavut — has an ambitious mission statement: “To meaningfully improve the lives of our people, our customers and the communities we serve.”

“You can say we’re perhaps overreaching with this statement, but in the regions we serve, there are often no roads, no rails,” says Chris Avery, Canadian North’s president and CEO. “That’s where our drive comes from. We’re a small company, but we serve a very important population that depends on us.”

Headquartered in Kanata, Ont., Canadian North flies to 25 northern communities, including Arctic Bay, Clyde River and Gjoa Haven, as well as its southern gateways of Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton. In addition to carrying about 350,000 passengers a year, it also delivers essential goods — more than 22 million kilograms of freight and mail travel through its route system annually.

Canadian North is also operating more sustainably now, as prior to its merger with First Air in 2019, the two companies were competing to serve the same communities. Now, as one airline, it has half the planes in the air, half the cargo facilities and half the hangars, which makes it a much more energy-efficient company. “Two airlines were flying on top of each other, fighting for a very small pie,” says Avery. Also thanks to the merger, Canadian North is now backed by more financial resources, enabling it to invest in new infrastructure and equipment specifically tailored to the needs of remote communities.

Canadian North’s importance to northern communities was never more apparent than when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Amid lockdowns, its cargo business carried on — because it had to. “Unlike so many other airlines, we can’t stop operating because if we do, people won’t have milk or bread on the shelves,” says Avery. “Our planes also allowed things like COVID tests to move back and forth between labs. Our people stood up through all these changes and continued to deliver just as they always have.”

A big way that Canadian North is taking care of its people is through the recent hire of former CBC anchor Madeleine Allakariallak, who joined the team of over 1,500 employees as director of Inuit employment and talent strategies. In her new role, Allakariallak will be working on engagement and retention programs, furthering the company’s commitment to ensuring the well-being and development of its staff. “It’s important for us to be properly represented across our organization,” says Avery, “whether it’s in leadership, on the flight deck or at check-in.


Canadian North flights scheduled out of Ottawa and Iqaluit cancelled Thursday

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Impacted passengers are rebooked to Friday, according to the airline

CBC News · Posted: Apr 21, 2021

A Canadian North Flight lands on the tarmac in Iqaluit, Dec. 30 2020. On Wednesday, the airline said it had to cancel all of its passenger flights out of Ottawa and Iqaluit on Thursday and rebook them to Friday. (Jackie McKay/CBC)

All Canadian North passenger flights scheduled for Thursday out of Ottawa and Iqaluit have been cancelled.

The airline said in a news release Wednesday that impacted passengers are rebooked to Friday.

The cancellations are due to weather in Iqaluit which caused a cargo freighter from Ottawa to not be able to land on Wednesday. It says the “significant volume” was returned to its cargo warehouse at the Ottawa airport.

“As we do not have the facility resources necessary to properly store additional tenders at this time, our cargo drop-off counter is closed for all tenders until Thursday afternoon,” the release says.

“We understand that there is an urgent requirement to bring essential goods into Iqaluit and our top priority is to safely provide this service. Accordingly, we will divert all available resources in Iqaluit to cargo services on Thursday.”

The airline says the flight cancellations will allow it to receive two 767 freighter flights in Iqaluit from Ottawa and Winnipeg and recover the capacity that was lost as a result of the diversion.

It added that the Iqaluit cargo counter will stay open to shipments containing essential goods only.

“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and we thank our customers for their support and patience as we do our best to get through the current backlog with the limited resources available,” the release said.

False positive COVID-19 test delays passengers for hours at Iqaluit airport after flight from Ottawa

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Once back in Iqaluit on Wednesday, individual then tested negative twice

CBC News · Posted: Jan 20, 2021

Passengers aboard Canadian North Flight FAB101 from Ottawa to Iqaluit are shown isolating in the secure area of Iqaluit’s airport on Wednesday while they wait for COVID-19 test results for an individual on the flight to come back from the Qikiqtani General Hospital. (Matisse Harvey/Radio-Canada)

About 100 passengers on a flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit were delayed for nearly three hours at the Iqaluit airport on Wednesday, after what was thought to be a positive COVID-19 test for one of the passengers onboard was brought to the attention of the Nunavut government after the flight had already taken off.

The test turned out to be a false positive, according to a territorial government spokesperson, and passengers have now returned home. They had been isolated in the secure area of the Iqaluit airport.

The person who was tested was participating in the “expedited medical travel” program, which allows Nunavummiut to fly south for medical appointments and return to the territory without completing the usually required 14-day hotel isolation.

In a statement, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson said the person began their trip to Ottawa on Sunday and received a COVID-19 test on Monday.

Upon landing in Iqaluit, the individual was taken to Qikiqtani General Hospital and isolated, and two followup tests were then administered. Both the GeneXpert machine and BioFire machine returned negative results, according to a Nunavut official briefing the passengers isolating at the airport.

There are currently no active cases in the territory.

The Nunavut government received what it thought was a positive COVID-19 test result for a passenger onboard Canadian North Flight FAB101 from Ottawa to Iqaluit after the flight took off. (Matisse Harvey/Radio-Canada)

Many passengers had isolated at Ottawa hotel

The first briefing by government officials to passengers on Canadian North Flight FAB101 came about two hours after the plane landed in Iqaluit.

Maurice Lamothe, one of the passengers, told Radio-Canada that he was looking forward to going home because he was hungry.

He said breakfast bags were handed out early Wednesday morning before he left his hotel in Ottawa, where he and many others on the plane had been isolating before returning to Nunavut.

That bag was taken from him at airport security, so he said all he’d eaten was a cookie. The government distributed chocolate bars at about 2:30 p.m. 

‘All sorts of stories are going through our heads’

For much of the pandemic, the Nunavut government has contracted with several hotels in southern cities to allow residents of the territory to isolate for two weeks before they fly back home.

People who had isolated were on the flight with the person travelling as part of the expedited medical travel program.

“It’s too bad. Our two weeks in the hotel were a kind of fail, finally … we don’t want to be the patient zero of Iqaluit. It’s not funny,” Lamothe said in French.

Speaking before the briefing, he said there was a lot of anxiety in the area of the airport where passengers were being held.

“The people here are just asking what’s going on. They haven’t told us very much. They’ve said nothing, so we’re guessing. We’ve heard someone has tested positive, so all sorts of stories are going through our heads,” Lamothe said.

Preston Bromley also isolated at an Ottawa hotel before getting on Wednesday’s flight to Iqaluit.

“We understand that mistakes happen, but our main question is whether this was policy to allow expedited medical passengers on the plane without a negative test result in hand or whether it was a mistake at some point in the process.”

Written by Sara Frizzell, based on interviews by Matisse Harvey

Canadian North and Air Greenland announce Letter of Intent, committing to explore opportunities to improve connectivity between Greenland and Canada

December 9, 2020 – Canadian North and Air Greenland announced a Letter of Intent (LOI) today, committing to explore partnership opportunities for air service and sustainable tourism development between Greenland and Canada. The LOI (shown here) was signed in Ilulissat on January 27, 2020 by Canadian North Executive Chairman Johnny N. Adams, Canadian North President and CEO Chris Avery, Air Greenland Board Chairman Kjeld Zacho Jørgensen and Air Greenland CEO Jacob Nitter Sørensen.

In a remote presentation to the Greenland Conference 2020 hosted by the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) in Denmark on December 9, 2020 (shown here), Canadian North Executive Chairman Johnny N. Adams provided an update on the impact of COVID-19 on planned next steps. “We were going to announce the LOI in March of 2020, but both of our airlines were occupied with providing safe travel throughout our customers’ journeys and preventing the spread of COVID.”

“Now that there is a vaccine in distribution, it’s time to start looking ahead to partnering on flights through Ottawa-Iqaluit-Nuuk and Ottawa-Iqaluit-Ilulissat. We’d also like to connect Greenland directly with southern Canada, possibly via Toronto during the tourism season, which includes March, April and August to October.”

“In 2021, we’ll be adding two Boeing 737-700 aircraft to our fleet that will be able to go from Toronto direct to Nuuk or Ilulissat,” elaborated Canadian North President and CEO Chris Avery. “Although we have yet to enter the planning stages of providing this connectivity, the LOI is a reflection of our common goal; to bridge the vast distances between Canada and Greenland. Inuit have traversed the Arctic since time immemorial to gather, share, and trade. Direct flights between the two countries would revitalize this relationship, strengthen cultural ties and provide economic opportunities in tourism and trade.”

“We are pleased to continue working with Air Greenland to bring our shared vision into reality.”