- By Rising Sun Staff
Wasaya Airways launched their new Bombardier Dash 8 plane on September 28. The new plane is a twin-engine, medium range turboprop that seats 37 and has an increased storage capacity.
President and CEO of Wasaya, Michael Rodyniuk said, “The arrival of the Dash 8 marks another positive step in rebuilding our airline. The fleet renewal allows us to continue to move forward with our business plan and strategic objectives.
“We have carefully consulted with our First Nations communities, analyzed their travel needs and overall market demand. Adding Dash 8 will provide better service for our guests between Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout, connecting our ownership communities in Kasabonika, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, and Wunnumin Lake.”
The launch event took place in Thunder Bay and included a ribbing cutting ceremony and a plane blessing. The blessing was lead by Chief Eno Anderson of Kasabonika, Reverend Samuel Winter, and Bishop Lydia Mamakwa.
Wasaya is in its 26th year of operation and serves 25 communities in Northwestern Ontario. Their fleet includes eight Beech 1900s, four Pilatus PC-12s, three Hawker 748s, and four Cessna C-208 Caravans. They are planning to introduce additional Dash 8 aircraft in the coming months.