Wings Over Kississing offers flight services to the most remote regions of Canada’s north. With bases in Flin Flon, Thompson, Lynn Lake, and Churchill, this Manitoba-based airline takes off where road, railway and airports end.
“No matter where you need to go, how much cargo you’re carrying, or when you need to arrive, we can do the job,” says Wings Over Kississing senior line pilot Mat Dehaene. “We offer a full spectrum of services, including helicopter, float and wheel-ski flights. And we don’t shy away from the challenging jobs. That’s what makes things interesting.”
Thanks to its full fleet, strategic base locations and charter availability, Wings Over Kississing aptly serves the mining, forestry, hydro, and tourism industries, and provides patient and cargo transportation for First Nations communities. The company is also well known for its fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation flights.
Curt Enns, owner and operator of Wings Over Kississing, has been working, living, and thriving in Canada’s north for more than 30 years. Since 1990, the Enns family has helmed Kississing Lake Lodge in northern Manitoba. The picturesque five-star resort has gained acclaim as a destination for trophy-size walleye, northern pike, and lake trout. In 2007, Enns launched Wings Over Kississing to increase access to the north’s beauty and resources.
All needs can be met by the Wings Over Kississing fleet, be it heavy hauling, sling loads, passenger flights, surveys and observation, or aerial cinematography. Its specialized aircraft includes Cessnas, Piston and Turbine Beavers, Turbo Otters and Bell helicopters. Every far-flung location, at any time of year, is possible with Wings Over Kississing.
“We have four bases and unlimited locations we can fly into because of our plane capabilities. We’re the only northern airline that offers float flights, so if you want to get somewhere with no runways, we can do it. The roads in Manitoba end at Flin Flon and Lynn Lake, so if you’re aiming farther north, we’re the airline for you,” says Wings Over Kississing senior line pilot Reg Willams. “And, in winter, we offer wheel-ski flights, so we can get you places that are generally accessible only by helicopter, but you can bring in all your cargo, as well.”
It’s clear that customers appreciate the professional, discreet, and courteous service they receive at Wings Over Kississing. A typical week in June includes more than 100 flights. At each base, customers appreciate free and secure parking, shuttle vans, easy check-ins, cargo and luggage assistance and free wireless Internet services. If time is on your side, enjoy a game of ping-pong and a cup of coffee.
Wings Over Kississing has an exceptional safety record, thanks to a diligent maintenance team, constantly updated quality assurance programs, and excellent communication within the organization. Knowledgeable, licensed professionals maintain the aircraft, and the airline operates strictly by Transport Canada guidelines.
“Actually, we use the SkyTrack system, which is a real time satellite tracking system that monitors every flight in our fleet,” says Wings Over Kississing quality assurance manager Anna Klassen. “It’s not required by Transport Canada, but we go over and beyond for our customers’ safety.”
Wings Over Kississing enjoys a high retention rate, compared with other air services in the north, both internally with employees, and with customers.
“Everyone here loves their work, and our customers can tell. They say we’re a great team,” says Wings Over Kississing operations manager Claudia Horsch. “We’ve got a low employee turnover rate, and I think that says a lot about Wings Over Kississing. You often see airlines up here get a pilot for one year and then they’re gone again to a bigger market. But I’ve been here for 10 years and our other pilots range from three to eight years with the company. Our customers appreciate seeing a familiar face; it’s a comfort.”
Wings Over Kississing delivers services beyond transportation too. With its background in hospitality, the company can take care of all logistics required for an expedition.
“We’ve seen it all, including camp set-up, from accommodation to grocery orders and outdoor toilets. We can provide camp managers and cooks, if required, or you maybe you can enjoy a stay at our lodge,” says Wings Over Kississing Thompson airport base manager Linda Funk. “We’ve learned the mining industry is a complicated, intricate, discreet industry. We can provide full-service options so you can focus on your expedition or we can offer support where you need it. Either way, we’re ready for you.”
For more information, please visit wingsoverkississing.com or call 1-866-323-4210.