Summit Air to open operating base at YYC, adds AVRO RJ 100 jet aircraft

Summit Air will be opening an operating base at the Calgary International Airport (YYC) to support its growing footprint in Western Canada, the company said.

Summit Air provides fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) crew movement solutions to a number of mining clients in Canada´s north, using its fleet of Alberta-based jet and turboprop aircraft. Simultaneously, Summit Air has announced the acquisition and deployment of its first AVRO RJ 100 jet aircraft.

Summit Air operates a fleet of AVRO regional jets (RJs) which are ideally suited for safe, reliable and rapid transport of work crews between conventional airports and undeveloped airstrips at remote mine sites in the Canadian North and beyond. Summit Air´s AVRO RJ-85s and AVRO RJ-100 can carry 90 and 111 passengers respectively.

The AVRO RJ-85 is a 90-seat high performance, short-haul passenger jet, offering modern, efficient operations on flights up to 1500 nautical miles (2,800 kilometres). Its high wing design is capable of operations on both paved and gravel runways and is equipped with a self-contained boarding air stair and auxiliary power unit to provide independence at remote airfields.

The Summit Aviation Group is comprised of two federally regulated independent companies: Summit Air and Summit Helicopters — both members of the Ledcor Group of Companies. Summit Air specializes in the provision of charter passenger and cargo solutions. Summit Helicopters, a western-based sister company, specializes in the provision of aerial medevac and firefighting helicopter solutions as well as support for the mining and exploration industries.

The Ledcor Group of Companies is a diversified construction company, serving the building, oil & gas, infrastructure, mining, power, and telecommunications sectors. The company also owns operations in property investment, forestry, aviation, and marine transportation services. It employs over 7,000 people across 20 offices, and numerous construction sites.