The carrier was founded and began operating in 1978 with a DHC-2 Beaver aircraft from Havilland Canada. The airline is collectively owned by the Nunavik Inuit by the Makivik Society.  Air Inuit`s history is linked to the signing of Canada`s first modern land claim agreement – James Bay and the Northern Quebec Agreement. It was negotiated by Inuit leaders working for the Inuit Association of Northern Quebec, which became makivik Corporation after the agreement was signed. Air Inuit is 100% owned by makivik Corporation. Our owners are the Inuit of Nunavik. Laval, March 22, 2017 – The approximately 160 Air Inuit pilots and air crew have ratified a new collective agreement guaranteeing peace with the airline until 2023. Non-monetary and monetary clauses will be improved in the new treaty. Air Inuit was founded in 1978 with the goal of connecting Quebec`s northernmost communities by providing air transportation services above and above the area north of the 55th parallel, known as Nunavik, a region so vast and robust that air transport is the only way to move people and goods efficiently. In collaboration with Bombardier, Air Inuit has developed several configurations suitable for its Dash 8-300 fleet, configurations such as: 45 seats, full cargo ships and a large single Dash-8 cargo ship. In 1983, the company purchased the northbound lines along the east coast of Austin Airways` Hudson`s Bay and increased its Twin Otter fleet to eight.
In 1985, the company acquired its first Hawker Siddley 748 and began operating a Kuujjuaraapik base, which was then transferred to La Grande (LG2) to meet the growing demand for freight and heavy machinery throughout the region, including for mining purposes. In 1988, Johnny May`s Air Charters was purchased as a subsidiary with Single Otters and Beavers during the Float season. In 2012, Air Inuit moved its headquarters to a new multi-purpose facility on Cote-Vertu Boulevard, near The Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.  Air Inuit has been providing significant passengers for nearly 40 years-,, cargo and emergency air services in the region – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The airline logged more than 750,000 hours of airtime and carried more than 2 million passengers in one of the world`s most demanding environments. In 2008, the airline acquired a Boeing 737-200C capable of landing on gravel and specially adapted for the northern operation, much to the pride of management and customers.