Conifair Aviation – Aircraft Fleet History

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By Dr. John Blatherwick:

Conifair Aviation was formed in 1979 to perform aerial spraying and operates from St. Jean, just outside of Montreal. Initially, the airline operated two Lockheed 749A Constellations, with five DC-4s added between 1981 and 1985, and three DC-6s added in 1983. By the late 1980s the Connies were long since removed from service and offered for sale, and some of the DC-6s had also been sold.

CONIFAIR DC4 C-GXKN YQB June1986

CONIFAIR DC-4 C-GXKN YQB June 1986

The company was famous in aviation enthusiast and propliner circles for their Mont Joli – Port Menier (Anticosti Island) route for wildlife hunters every fall, using DC-4s. And this operation was featured on several ocassions in Propliner Magazines of the era.

The fleet was based at the Quebec City airport using a hangar adjacent to the Quebec Government Air Fleet hangar built in 1988. It is not believed that Conifair Aviation maintains present day operations.

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