Thunder Airlines

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Thunder Airlines
Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise (MU-2B-60), Thunder Airlines AN0800771.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
- [1] THUThunder
Founded1994 [2]
AOC # 8882 [3]
Hubs Thunder Bay Airport
Focus cities Thunder Bay, Timmins, Moosonee, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat, Peawanuck
Fleet size14 [4]
Destinations6 [5]
Company sloganYour Northern Connection
Headquarters Thunder Bay, Ontario
Key peopleJim Holm, President
A Mitsubishi MU-2B of Thunder Airlines taxiing at the Toronto City Centre Airport Mitsubishi MU-2B belonging to Thunder Airlines.jpg
A Mitsubishi MU-2B of Thunder Airlines taxiing at the Toronto City Centre Airport
The former logo of the company. Thunder Airlines Logo.svg
The former logo of the company.

Thunder Airlines is a Canadian scheduled flight, charter and medevac airline based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. It offers on-demand charter service from bases in Thunder Bay and Timmins. The company was founded in 1994 and operates fourteen aircraft and flies to six destinations regularly.

Air charter Form of Business Transportation

Air charter is the business of renting an entire aircraft as opposed to individual aircraft seats.

Medical evacuation emergency evacuation for medical reasons

Medical evacuation, often shortened to medevac or medivac, is the timely and efficient movement and en route care provided by medical personnel to wounded being evacuated from a battlefield, to injured patients being evacuated from the scene of an accident to receiving medical facilities, or to patients at a rural hospital requiring urgent care at a better-equipped facility using medically equipped ground vehicles (ambulances) or aircraft.

Thunder Bay City in Ontario, Canada

Thunder Bay is a city in, and the seat of, Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada. It is the most populous municipality in Northwestern Ontario with a population of 107,909 as of the Canada 2016 Census, and the second most populous in Northern Ontario after Greater Sudbury. Located on Lake Superior, the census metropolitan area of Thunder Bay has a population of 121,621, and consists of the city of Thunder Bay, the municipalities of Oliver Paipoonge and Neebing, the townships of Shuniah, Conmee, O'Connor, and Gillies, and the Fort William First Nation.



Thunder Airlines operates scheduled services to the following destinations in Ontario: [5]

Attawapiskat First Nation isolated First Nation located in Kenora District in northern Ontario, Canada

The Attawapiskat First Nation is an isolated First Nation located in Kenora District in northern Ontario, Canada, at the mouth of the Attawapiskat River on James Bay. The traditional territory of the Attawapiskat First Nation extends beyond their reserve up the coast to Hudson Bay and hundreds of kilometres inland along river tributaries. The community is connected to other towns along the shore of James Bay by the seasonal ice road/winter road constructed each December, linking it to the towns of Kashechewan First Nation, Fort Albany, and Moosonee Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, and Kashechewan operate and manage the James Bay Winter Road through a jointly owned corporation named after the Cree word for "our road" kimesskanemenow, the Kimesskanemenow Corporation. Attawapiskat is the most remote northerly link on the 310-kilometre-long (190 mi) road to Moosonee. They control the reserves at Attawapiskat 91 and Attawapiskat 91A.

Attawapiskat Airport airport in Ontario, Canada

Attawapiskat Airport is an airport adjacent to the Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

Fort Albany First Nation Indian reserve in Ontario, Canada

Fort Albany First Nation is a Cree First Nation reserve in Cochrane District in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. Situated on the southern shore of the Albany River, Fort Albany First Nation is only accessible by air or by winter road. The community is policed by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, an Aboriginal-based service. It shares the Fort Albany 67 Indian Reserve with the Kashechewan First Nation. Fort Albany First Nation controls the Fort Albany Indian Settlement on the south shore of the Albany River, and the Kashechewan First Nation controls the Kashechewan Indian Settlement directly across the river.


As of August 2019 Thunder Airlines website and Transport Canada list the following aircraft: [4]

Transport Canada

Transport Canada is the department within the Government of Canada responsible for developing regulations, policies and services of transportation in Canada. It is part of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities (TIC) portfolio. The current Minister of Transport is Marc Garneau. Transport Canada is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario.

Thunder Airlines
AircraftNo. of
Beechcraft King Air 7 100 series Seats up to nine and cruises at 385 km/h (208 kn; 239 mph) [6]
Cessna 208 Caravan 1 208B Grand Caravan Seats up to nine, cruises at 270 km/h (150 kn; 170 mph), used mainly for cargo [6]
Mitsubishi MU-2 6 Marquise (MU-2B-60) Seats up to seven, cruises at 500 km/h (270 kn; 310 mph), used mainly for MEDEVAC [6]

The Transport Canada site lists three Mitsubishi MU-2, one MU-2L (MU-2B-36), [7] one MU-2N (MU-2B-36A) [8] and one Marquise (MU-2B-60), [9] all with cancelled certificates.

Mitsubishi MU-2 Utility transport aircraft

The Mitsubishi MU-2 is a Japanese high-wing, twin-engine turboprop aircraft with a pressurized cabin manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It made its maiden flight in September 1963 and was produced until 1986. It is one of postwar Japan's most successful aircraft, with 704 manufactured in Japan and San Angelo, Texas, in the United States.

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  1. IATA Airline and Airport Code Search. Retrieved 1 December 2013
  2. Company History
  3. Transport Canada (2019-08-26), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC.
  4. 1 2 "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Thunder Airlines". Transport Canada . Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  5. 1 2 Route Map
  6. 1 2 3 Our Fleet
  7. Mitsubishi MU-2B-36
  8. Mitsubishi MU-2B-36A
  9. Mitsubishi MU-2B-60