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West Wind Aviation has rebranded to Rise Air

West Wind Aviation now flies under the name Rise Air. Use our search form to search for flights on Rise Air or visit our Transwest Air page by clicking on the logo below.

About West Wind Aviation

West Wind Aviation was a Canadian airline company that offered passenger charter flights and had offered scheduled flights in the past. In 2021, West Wind Aviation merged with Transwest Air and flew under a new brand — Rise Air.

West Wind Aviation launched in 1983 and operated flights under its own brand (ExpressAir) from its hub at Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE). It flew within the Saskatchewan province, as well as to destinations in the US. In 2016, West Wind acquired its main competitor, Transwest Air and from that point onwards, all West Wind Aviation flights were operated by and under the Transwest Air name.

In 2021, as a result of reduced demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, West Wind Aviation decided to consolidate West Wind Aviation and Transwest Air to fly under a completely new name and brand — Rise Air.

Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers were given two pieces of carry-on baggage included within their allowance. The combined weight of this baggage could not exceed 6 kg or exceed 20cm x 43cm x 38cm (8in x 17in x 15in).

Checked Baggage

Passengers were& given a free checked baggage allowance. But, their allowance depending on the type of fare they purchased.

Passengers that purchased the Basic Fare were given a free checked baggage allowance of 50 lbs (23 kg).

Passengers that purchased the Flex Fare were given a free checked baggage allowance of 75 lbs (34& kg).

Passengers that purchased the Flex Fare were given a free checked baggage allowance of 100 lbs (45 kg).

Cabin Class

Economy Class

Economy Class was the only cabin that West Wind Aviation flew with. The airline flew with small, propeller planes so the service was limited. Although, the airline staff were onboard the flight to help with anything that passengers might need.


Seats were set out in a 2 x 2 , 1 x 2 or 1 x 1 formation.

In-Flight Entertainment & Wi-Fi

There was no in-flight entertainment system or WIFI onboard any of West Wind Aviation's flights. The airline sometimes had reading materials available for passengers (magazines or newspapers). However, this wasn't given on every flight.

On flights where there was no in-flight entertainment, of course, passengers could enjoy the beautiful scenery within Canada.

Food & Drink

Food and drink were not offered or served on any of West Wind's flights. Passengers were allowed to bring their own food and drink with them on flights, as long as it was approved to pass through airport security.

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Destinations that West Wind Aviation flew to

West Wind Aviation flew to destinations within Canada and to the US. Before it launched Rise Air, it flew to a total of 9 destinations.

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Hub Airport

Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport

Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE) is an international airport in Saskatoon, Canada and was the hub airport for West Wind Aviation. The airline had been based at Saskatoon airport for most of the time that it flew, originally flying between just Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert and then expanding its connections to other destinations. The airport itself has one terminal building and two runways. West Wind is expected to continue using the airport as a hub under the Rise Air brand. There aren't any other airlines based at Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport at this time.


West Wind Aviation's fleet consisted of the following planes: ATR 42, Beechcraft 1900, Beechcraft Super King Air and de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter.