Well done, Kenn Borek Air Ltd.!

March 29, 2017   |  

(Calgary, AB) – The Calgary Airport Authority congratulates Kenn Borek Air Ltd. on being awarded the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum 2017 Trophy for Current Achievement for its amazing rescue mission to the South Pole in 2016.

In June of last year the company evacuated two ailing members of a scientific research team at the South Pole.

“This award is very richly deserved, as this mission to the bottom of the planet, in the depth of the Antarctic winter, was completed successfully and with great precision and professionalism,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “We’re very proud to have Kenn Borek Air Ltd. call YYC Calgary International Airport home.”

Kenn Borek Air’s de Havilland Canada Twin Otter aircraft, the type used in the rescue mission, are a signature feature in the skies around YYC Calgary International Airport. 

More information about the award, and the mission that earned the award, can be found at:

The Smithsonian Institution’s website.

Kenn Borek Air Ltd. website.


The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the safe, secure and efficient management of the YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW) under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. YYC's mandate is to advance economic and community development by providing improved airline and transportation services for the benefit of the public. The Authority has invested over $4 billion into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada's longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than $8 billion in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 jobs.

For more information contact: 
Media Relations
The Calgary Airport Authority
P: 403 735 5899