Miramichi — A group of 40 lads from Miramichi announced Wednesday they purchased a used and decommissioned Boeing 737 aircraft from Air Canada; they pooled resources and are founding a new airline called BertaAir.
The men are among a growing number of New Brunswick residents who commute to the Alberta oilsands for work. Leon Rogers, president of BertaAir, announced at a press conference in Fort McMurray yesterday: “There ain’t nothing worse than wastin’ a full jesus day feelin’ like cattle being herded across the county every other week. Us lads decided enough is enough — we are going to fly ourselves.”
BertaAir plans to fly direct from Miramichi to Fort McMurray. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the plane will fly east. Alternatively, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays it will go west. There will be no flights on Sundays.
“Our prices will be comparable to Air Canada and West Jet, but BertaAir will be a much different experience,” Rogers explained. “We don’t believe anyone from ‘the Chi’ is a flight risk, so there will be no security. Middle seats have been removed from the plane and — simply put — we encourage a good time. Keep your headphones in. Heck, put a case of Alpine at your feet and swill the whole way. We just don’t give a sh*t.”
Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1 on the new airline’s website, bertaair.ca.