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Our Story

We are an airline based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Buffalo Airways was founded by Joe McBryan (aka "Buffalo Joe") in 1970. Since then Buffalo Airways is operating as a family business. Our airline operates scheduled passenger, charter passenger, charter cargo, firefighting and fuel services. Our main base is at Yellowknife Airport (CYZF). We have two other bases in Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada and at Red Deer Regional Airport (CYQF) in Alberta, Canada. The Red Deer base is our main storage unit and maintenance hangar. Buffalo Airways is also the subject of the History television reality series Ice Pilots NWT. Buffalo Airways also operates its courier service Buffalo Air Express since 1982. It is the largest courier service in the Northwest Territories and also has a door-to-door network with over 400 communities in Northern Alberta. By working with the Global Interline Network, we are able to ship nationally and internationally from our bases in Yellowknife, Hay River and Edmonton. Our airline operates and maintains aircraft used in the aerial firefighting program, under the contract of the NWT Government. The currently operated aircraft are eight AT-802 Firebosses. We also operate our own fleet of waterbombers, that include Lockheed L188 Airtankers and Aero Commander as well as King Air Bird Dogs. Former aircraft used for firefighting by Buffalo Airways were the CL-215 "Duck", the Douglas DC-4/C-54 and the PBY-5 Canso. Since 2004 we are also running our merchandise and clothing company Buffalo Airwear. The clothing line includes everything from accessories over to hoodies and hats. By being featured on the television show Ice Pilots NWT, we were able to expand our merchandise to up to more than 80 different products in our retail store inside the Buffalo Airways Hangar at the Yellowknife Airport and in the Online Shop at www.BuffaloAirwear.com. In 2012 the canadian TV Show Arctic Air used Buffalo Airways hangar for scenes in their show. Later in that year Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, visited our hangar in Yellowknife and flew our Douglas DC-3 C-GWZS, the last commercially flying DC-3 from D-Day.