Athabasca Bands Planning To Help Buy Plane

Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 15:20



The Fond du Lac and Black Lake First Nations have signed a letter of intent to jointly purchase a passenger plane with Transwest Air.


Both bands already lease planes to the company, and hope a deal will be finalized this fall to add a SAAB 340 to the mix.


Fond du Lac Chief Allan Adam says with the recent demise of Norcanair, there is a real need right now for increased seat capacity in the Athabasca region.


Adam says the cost of the $1-million plane will be split three ways.


Adam says this sort of arrangement with Transwest Air also provides some economic spinoffs back to the bands.