THUNDER BAY, ON, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - CARGO NORTH, an investment group spearheaded by Frank Kelner, is pleased to announce
the acquisition of a Basler Turbo 67 aircraft, to service Northwestern
The aircraft, which will provide Air Cargo services to Northwestern
Ontario, is a world-class transport aircraft with an impressive resume
of performance. Its robust airframe and state of the art components
stand ready to meet the most challenging missions in Canada's harsh
environment. The aircraft, powered by the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67R
engines, has a cargo capacity of 1225 Cubic Feet and a payload of
11,000 pounds. In addition to the aircraft's superior performance in
handling cargo, it will be equipped to handle bulk fuel and drum fuel.
CARGO NORTH has formed strategic alliances with Nakina Air Services Ltd. (Nakina,
Ontario) and North Star Air Ltd. (Pickle Lake, Ontario).
The Nakina Air Services Ltd. and North Star Air Ltd. bases provide CARGO NORTH with an 'Air Gateway' to Ontario's First Nation Communities and mining
/ exploration companies operating in Ontario. These two companies have
successfully serviced the North for many years and through this
strategic alliance will be expanding their services to offer an
aircraft, expressly designed to carry oversized payload and bulk fuel
into remote areas, on skis and wheels.
The BT-67 is expected to be delivered and in service by November 1,
2012. CARGO NORTH has obtained options to acquire two more BT-67 aircraft in early 2013.
About Frank Kelner
Frank obtained a commercial pilot's license at age 18. Commonly
referred to as a Canadian aviation pioneer, Frank has accumulated
27,000 flight hours, in both light jets and heavy turboprops. A
considerable part of Frank's life has been spent in the northern air
About Nakina Air Services Ltd.
Nakina Air Services Ltd. is a family owned company with their main base
of operations located in Nakina, Ontario. The company, with a fleet of
nine aircraft, provides air service to communities and mining
operations in Northwestern Ontario.
About North Star Air Ltd.
North Star Air is a family owned company with their main base located in
Pickle Lake, Ontario. The company, with a fleet of five aircraft,
provides air services to communities and mining operations in
Image with caption: "Picture of a BT-67 in flight on skis (CNW Group/Cargo North)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120712_C8012_PHOTO_EN_16209.jpg
Image with caption: "BT-67 Large cargo door (CNW Group/Cargo North)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120712_C8012_PHOTO_EN_16211.jpg
SOURCE Cargo North
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