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]
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 an 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.



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


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

Thunder Airlines fleet
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:

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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