Canadian North Airlines Chooses the AvFinity Integrated Router Solution (AIRS)

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Canadian North Airlines solved growing communications issues by seamlessly replacing legacy technology with AvFinity’s patent-pending integration/communications services.

AIRS has been flawless. It hasn't missed a beat. It doesn’t do anything but sit there and work, which is exactly as we needed it.

Canadian North Airlines recently selected the AvFinity Integrated Router Solution (AIRS™) as its state-of-the-art solution for legacy software technology issues that had been complicating communications between the regional air carrier and a critical flight partner.

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AIRS™ is a data communications/integration appliance that simplifies airline messaging issues as no other solution ever seen before. It is the platinum-level product available from the aviation communications experts at AvFinity LLC.

The AIRS™ patent-pending software technology contains a vast storehouse of tools to link similar or disparate systems, applications, protocols and formats. The AIRS software technology operates via the consistency and reliability of a Cisco Integrated Services Router.

AIRS™ deploys these multiple tools to facilitate aviation messaging via direct communications to vital messaging partners. For example, each plug-and-play AIRS unit provides essential connectivity access to principal North American flight authorities including NAV-CANADA and the FAA for filing flight plans and receiving U.S. and Canadian NOTAMs.

Customers connect through the AvFinity datacenter or they can use AIRS™ software technology via their own direct connections. With either option, customers benefit from the efficiencies of TCP/IP to send and receive aviation communications.

Canadian North, headquartered in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, selected AIRS™ to replace 1990s software that fed the airline NOTAMs from NAV-CANADA. AIRS™ is also compatible with the airline’s flight plan filing system, which was another requirement of the needed solution, said James Redeker, Canadian North Airline’s manager, flight dispatch.

“Since we’ve had AIRS™ running, it has been flawless,” Redeker said. “It hasn’t missed a beat. It doesn’t do anything but sit there and work, which is exactly as we needed it.”

After choosing AvFinity, the airline transitioned its legacy system to AIRS™. Canadian North experienced no impact on its operations during the switch thanks to the AIRS™ patent-pending scripting feature that extracts advisories from the legacy feed. AIRS Script™ allows any customer to make changes rapidly as needed while saving significant costs for hiring software developers to write custom applications. This scripting feature also duplicates the message format used in the legacy feed so that integration into the flight plan filing system used by Canadian North occurs transparently.

AIRS™ offers flight plan filing, NOTAMs, meteorological data, Advance Passenger Information, Collaborative Decision Making and many other aviation messaging services. Customers choose the services that they need for their specific communication challenges. To set up a webinar to see how AIRS™ can improve your airline’s communications infrastructure, visit the AvFinity web site at

About Canadian North Airlines: Canadian North is a major provider of scheduled passenger and cargo services from Edmonton and Ottawa to points throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. They offer non-scheduled charter flights for industrial clients, sports teams, and large groups. Canadian North is a member of the NorTerra Group of Companies whose parent corporation, NorTerra Inc., is owned equally by Nunasi Corporation, representing the Inuit of Nunavut, and the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic.

About AvFinity LLC: AvFinity makes aviation communications and integration consistent and reliable. AvFinity has multiple communications solutions including AIRS™--the AvFinity software technology residing on a Cisco Integrated Services Router. AIRS™ eliminates complex hardware configurations, hybrid applications and multiple vendors that aviation companies have accumulated over decades of legacy messaging alternatives. AIRS™ operates efficiently through patent-pending software technology that brings aviation communications into the 21st century. For more information on all AvFinity’s products, visit


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