Five-year deal worth $15 million covers eight to nine flights per week
YELLOWKNIFE: Tli Cho Air has signed a new contract to conduct cargo and passenger flights for Diavik Diamond Mines Inc in partnership with Denesoline Corporation. The five-year, $15 million deal amounts to about eight or nine de Havilland Dash 7 flights per week and includes provisions for multiple extension years following the first term. Air Tindi, which conducts all flight operations for Tli Cho Air and its partnership with Denesoline, runs a fleet of three Dash 7 aircraft.
“Denesoline is extremely proud to be working with partners that possess so much knowledge and expertise in the Northern aviation sector,” said Roy Shields, CEO of Denesoline Corp. “Collectively our team has a great deal of experience serving the NWT diamond mines across many sectors and this new air transport contract with Diavik is a recognition of the quality service they know they can depend on from our partnership group.”
Under the terms of the contract, Tli Cho Air will provide passenger, cargo and combination load flights between Yellowknife and the mine, as well as passenger flights to and from Northern communities in which Diavik workers and contractors reside. The company said the Dash 7 is well-suited for the Tlicho and other Northern communities, along with resource exploration and extraction projects in the NWT and Nunavut.