West Wind Aviation, Transwest Air to fly under new name
The two air carriers that serve northern Saskatchewan will take on a new name and logo amid a consolidation of their businesses.
West Wind Aviation and Transwest Air already shared a parent company in West Wind Aviation Group. A media release from Transwest Air announced that the two companies will rebrand as Rise Air, pending regulatory approvals, and will no longer have separate operating certificates.
Outgoing President and CEO Stephen Smith was quoted in the media release announcing the rebrand saying the new name was picked from employee submissions, with the new logo also drawn up by a worker at the company.
The company previously announced that Smith would be replaced as President and CEO by Derek Nice effective Feb. 1. Smith will stay on as chairman of the company’s board of directors.
Nice will take over as CEO, having previously served in high-level positions with air carriers based in Quebec, and having most recently served as managing director and CEO of Air Vanuatu.