Category Archives: PenAir (Peninsula Airways)

PenAir SAAB 2000 runs off the runway at Dutch Harbor

PenAir flight 3286 with SAAB 2000 (N686PA) overran the runway while attempting to land at Unalaska-Dutch Harbor, AK on October 17, 2019.

Two passengers were critically injured. 39 passengers and three crew members were on board.

PenAir issued this statement:

“PenAir Flight 3286 (marketed by Alaska Airlines) departed Anchorage for Dutch Harbor and upon landing at approximately 5:40 p.m. went off the end of the runway.”

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Ravn Air Group acquires the assets of PenAir

Ravn Air Group, Alaska’s largest regional airline, has announced that it has purchased the assets of Peninsula Airways, Inc. and created a “new” PenAir that is officially a member of Ravn Air Group.

Earlier this month, the acquisition of PenAir’s assets by investment affiliates of J.F. Lehman & Company was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”). The remaining requirements needed to accomplish the sale were finalized, making the transfer of PenAir’s assets into a new subsidiary of Ravn Air Group complete.

As part of Ravn Air Group, the “new” PenAir will ensure that the airline can continue to provide safe and reliable service while simultaneously creating better and more extensive travel opportunities for its customers.

As a subsidiary of Ravn Air Group, PenAir will keep its current name and continue to operate as a separate company under a separate FAA certificate. With the completion of the transaction, PenAir will be a financially sound organization with a significantly enhanced ability to serve the state of Alaska.

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Ravn Air route map:

 

Ravn Air Group receives court approval to acquire PenAir assets

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Ravn Air Group (Ravn Alaska) issued this statement:

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J.F. Lehman & Company’s successful bid for PenAir’s assets was today approved by the court overseeing PenAir’s bankruptcy proceedings.  As the owner of Ravn Air Group, J.F. Lehman & Co.’s acquisition of PenAir will protect a substantial majority of company jobs, ensure continuity of operations and service to all PenAir routes, and create stability and better travel opportunities throughout the state.

 

“We are thrilled with this outcome,” said Dave Pflieger, President and CEO of Ravn Air Group. “It is a win for all parties—our Alaska customers and communities, as well as PenAir and Ravn employees alike.”

PenAir will keep its current name and continue to operate as a separate company under a separate FAA certificate as a subsidiary of Ravn Air Group, which will now have a significantly enhanced ability to serve the state of Alaska.

“Both my father, founder of PenAir Orin Seybert, and I are pleased with the decision of the court today,” said Danny Seybert, PenAir CEO. “This is a win-win for our employee group, AND our friends and customers throughout rural Alaska.”

Earlier this week, J.F. Lehman & Co.’s bid was selected as part of a court-mandated auction of PenAir’s assets conducted by a court appointed Trustee.  However, that selection required today’s formal approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Anchorage.  Before becoming final, this purchase must also be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration.

“It is a testament to the strength and fortitude of PenAir employees and the hard work and commitment of all Ravn Air Group team members that JFL was able to pursue the acquisition of such a storied airline, which, like Ravn, has a rich history of serving Alaska,” Pflieger said. “We are all very excited about our collective future and working together toward a shared goal of providing the very best in safety, operational excellence, customer service, and employee pride throughout Alaska.”

Top Copyright Photo: PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340B N677PA (msn 328) ANC (Joe G. Walker). Image: 912876.

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Ravn Air Route Map:

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PenAir Route Map:

PenAir ends its East Coast operations

PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340B N406XJ (msn 406) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 912875.

PenAir has informed the Department of Transportation (DOT) it would end service to Boston from Presque Isle, Bar Harbor and Plattsburgh, NY a month earlier on June 1, due to a loss of mechanics and pilots. This leaves Presque Isle without airline service until United Express begins service on July 1.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by PenAir): PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340B N406XJ (msn 406) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 912875.

PenAir aircraft slide show:

Route Maps:

PenAir continues to expand outside of Alaska, will serve three cities in Nebraska and Denver

PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340A (F) N662PA (msn 109) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 925112.

PenAir (Anchorage) continues to expand in the “Lower 48”. The regional carrier has been selected to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) to three communities in Nebraska. The airline will launch service to Denver from Kearney, North Platte and Scottsdale replacing Great Lakes Airlines.

Previously the airline announced a major expansion from Portland, Oregon:

PenAir 5.16 PDX Route Map

The airline also serves New England from Boston:

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The airline originally started in Alaska:

PenAir 5.16 Alaska Route Map

Copyright Photo: PenAir also operates SAAB 340B freighters in Alaska. PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340A (F) N662PA (msn 109) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 925112.

PenAir adds three SAAB 2000s

PenAir SAAB 2000 N168GC (11)(Grd)(PenAir)(LRW)

PenAir (Peninsula Airways) (Anchorage) is adding three 45-seat SAAB 2000s (msn 020, 027 and 032) to its fleet.

Above: SAAB 2000 N168GC (msn 031) is now full painted.

PenAir SAAB 2000 cabin (PenAir)(LR)

Photos: PenAir.

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Route Maps:

PenAir 2.2015 Route Map

PenAir 2.2015 East Coast Route Map

PenAir aircraft slide show:

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A few PenAir flights are cancelled due to volcanic activity in Alaska

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has issued this statement concerning a few flight cancellations of PenAir (Peninsula Airways) (Anchorage) in Alaska due to volcanic activity:

Few Alaska Airlines flights have been affected by volcanic activity from Mount Cleveland, located west of Dutch Harbor, and Mount Pavlof, located near Cold Bay, Alaska. No Alaska Airlines operated flights have been canceled at this time.

PenAir, which operates an average of three flights a day for Alaska Airlines between Anchorage and Dutch Harbor, canceled six flights yesterday and two flights today after several low-level eruptions of Mount Pavlof. The Anchorage-based airline could cancel additional flights today pending reports from the Alaska Volcano Observatory and other state and federal weather agencies.

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PenAir’s Alaska Route Map:

PenAir 5:2013 Alaska Route Map

“While the impact these volcanoes have had on Alaska Airlines has been minimal, we will continue to closely monitor Mount Cleveland and Mount Pavlof for any changes that could affect service to Bethel, Adak or Dutch Harbor,” said Ben Minicucci, Alaska Airlines’ chief operating officer.

Alaska Airlines operates an average of 125 daily flights to 20 destinations throughout the state of Alaska, in addition to 686 flights throughout the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.

In other news, the eastern division of PenAir will start twice-daily service between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Long Island MacArthur Airport (Islip) on July 25, 2013.

East Coast Route Map:

PenAir 5:2013 East Coast Route Map

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. SAAB 340B N675PA (msn 206) with harbor seals on the fuselage arrives at Anchorage in the old livery.

PenAir: AG Slide Show

Alaska Airlines: AG Slide Show