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First Air

First Air connects more of the Canadian Arctic than any other airline. They currently command a versatile and diverse fleet of aircraft which serve not only to provide a considerable network of regularly scheduled passenger flights across the North, but also cargo and charter services to suit any needs that you may have.

First Air will accept pets for in-cabin transportation or as checked baggage, so long as all requirements are met. They ask that you provide the dimensions of the carrier and the weight of your pet when you make your reservation.

CARRIER SIZE 737 Aircraft:
  • Length: 48 cm (19in)
  • Width: 40 cm (16 in)
  • Height: 22 cm (9 in)
ATR Aircraft:
  • Length: 46 cm (18in)
  • Width: 20 cm (8 in)
  • Height: 22 cm (9 in)
First Air offers 4 different sizes of carriers, depending on the size of the animal being transported.
Smallest size:
  • Length: 53 cm (21 in)
  • Width: 40 cm (16 in)
  • Height: 38 cm (15 in)
Largest size*:
  • Length: 121 cm (48 in)
  • Width: 81 cm (32 in)
  • Height: 88 cm (35 in)
*largest size not accepted on all aircraft.
CARRIER WEIGHT 20 lbs max for both aircraft. Over 100 lbs accepted, depending on the aircraft. Please contact a service agent for more information.
CHARGES / FEES $50 (plus applicable taxes) for both aircraft. $75-$225 (plus applicable taxes) depending on size of carrier.


  • Not all pet carriers are able to be loaded on all aircraft. Contact First Air to determine what options are best suited to your animal friend.
  • Travelers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with any provincial or territorial restrictions when travelling within Canada.
  • Space may be limited. It is recommended that you call First Air as far ahead of time as possible.

If you are unable to travel with your pet

If you are unable to travel with your pet, First Air does have options for shipping pets as live cargo. Some restrictions may apply. Please contact First Air directly to learn more.

Codeshare flights

It is strongly recommended that you contact any codeshare partners or other airlines directly to familiarize yourself with their individual policies regarding pet travel.

Contact Information

  • First Air Reservations / Ticketing: 1-800-267-1247
  • First Air Cargo Call Center: 1-800-568-7497
  • First Air's website: Click Here
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