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“Nolinor offers full circle services to mining clients. We will transport fuel to the mining site during the exploration stage, and once the project reaches maturity and construction starts, we have bigger aircrafts to meet increased cargo and passenger requirements.”

– Marco Prud’Homme, President, Nolinor Aviation

How have the past few years been for Nolinor Aviation?

For Nolinor, the past two years have been quite stable, and the company was able to add three 737-400 and one 737-800 aircraft to its fleet.

Our 737-200 aircrafts are usually used for mining clients given their size and ability to land on gravel, but some mining companies now have access to paved runways which allows us to utilize the 737-400 aircraft that has more capacity. With our fleet, if there is a last-minute demand or a mining site has to be evacuated quickly, we have the capacity to assist customers.

How has Nolinor adapted to price increases and logistics issues?

We have had to reinvent many of our processes and change the way we work with suppliers. For example, in the past, if an aircraft part was broken, within 24 hours we would have had that part back in inventory. Now when a part breaks, getting another part may take multiple weeks.

Additionally, fuel used to account for approximately 28% of our costs, but this has increased significantly and is more than 100% higher than what we paid even a year ago. Today we are less focused on major R&D projects and are more concerned about reinventing the way we work to save costs while still offering the highest quality service to customers.

What sets Nolinor apart from its competitors?

Over the past two years, the aviation market has changed drastically.

In the past, people would never have expected their flight to be canceled, while nowadays hundreds of flights are canceled each week. Nolinor’s goal is to maintain the same level of service the company has always offered by overcoming pandemic-related challenges to ensure they have no impact on customers.

Our on-time departure rate is excellent, and we have not cancelled a single flight throughout the entire pandemic. Internally, we implemented a program that provides our entire workforce the opportunity to become pilots 100% on our cost. We have turned out over 10 pilots from this program thus far.

What is Nolinor’s growth strategy for the next few years?

Our vision to grow Nolinor has always been to wait for customers to make specific requests before finding the best type of aircraft to answer their needs. We are not buying aircrafts and then looking for customers, but rather letting customer demand lead us in the way we grow our fleet and services. Depending on the type of requests we receive, we adjust and provide.


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