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Keewatin Air

Keewatin Air (IATA: FK) is an airline that operates out of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada. The airline was started by Frank Robert May (formerly a pilot for Lamb Air) and his wife Judy Saxby in 1971, in the Keewatin Region, then part of the Northwest Territories. Formed as "Keewatin Air Limited" they originally provided charter services to the region, being the first airline to have a permanent base in Nunavut (then known as the Keewatin Region of the Northwest Terriroties). In 1987 they expanded to include MEDEVAC ("medical evacuation") services, to what would become the Kivalliq Region, using a fleet of aircraft that began with a Tradewind aircraft - a multi-modified Beech 18 with a turbine engine and tricycle gear. This aircraft was followed by a Westwind, another modified Beech 18 with turbine engines and eventually these were replaced by Merlin IIA aircraft that had the added benefit of being pressurized as well as turbine.