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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 Alaska is selected for the EAS McGrath – Anchorage route

Corvus Airlines operating as Ravn Alaska

Ravn Alaska has been awarded the Essential Air Service (EAS) route subsidy by the DOT for the McGrath – Anchorage route.

Era Aviation, Hageland Aviation and Frontier Flying Service operate under the Rain Alaska brand.

In other news, Crowley Fuels LLC and Ravn Air Group have announced that the two companies have executed a long-term contract to provide aviation fuel and services to Alaska’s largest regional airline, headquartered in Anchorage.

The new agreement expands on the existing Crowley/Ravn relationship, which began in 2010. In addition to providing aviation fuel to Ravn, under the terms of this new contract, Crowley will provide on-site, into-wing fueling services – supplying 100 LL AvGas and additized Jet A – to Ravn’s commercial aircraft in Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, St. Mary’s, Galena and Aniak, streamlining the fueling process, and enhancing Ravn’s ability to serve its customers through optimized operations. Crowley Fuels is also providing heating oil and gasoline to these six Ravn locations with opportunities to expand services to other locations in the state.

Supported by over 1,000 employees, Ravn operates a highly reliable fleet of nearly 70 aircraft on more than 400 flights per day from hubs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Bethel, Aniak, St. Mary’s, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalakleet, Barrow, and Galena. The airline provides passenger, mail, freight, and charter customers with air transportation and logistics services to more than 115 destinations throughout Alaska.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Ravn Alaska): Ravn Alaska (Corvus Airlines) de Havilland Canada DHC-8-106 Dash 8 N889EA (msn 322) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 925039.

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Ravn Alaska is expanding its network to serve Dillingham and King Salmon

Ravn Alaska (Corvus Airlines) de Havilland Canada DHC-8-106 Dash 8 N891EA (msn 335) ANC (Ken Petersen). Image: 928177.

Ravn Air Group (Ravn Alaska), Alaska’s largest regional airline, has announced it is expanding its network to provide nonstop service to Dillingham and King Salmon beginning on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018.

Ravn currently serves the passenger, charter, and cargo needs of more than 100 communities throughout Alaska. Expansion to Dillingham and King Salmon will further enhance Ravn’s efforts to offer customers unparalleled service and flight connections across the state.

Flight Details and Schedule

Beginning February 14, 2018, Ravn will operate two roundtrip flights from Anchorage to Dillingham and King Salmon on weekdays and one roundtrip on each Saturday and Sunday.

All flights will be operated aboard Ravn’s highly reliable fleet of Bombardier DHC-8 Dash 8 aircraft configured for 29 passengers. This flight configuration was chosen because it allows additional capacity for freight and mail, as well as two bags per passenger. On board, passengers will be provided Ravn’s signature beverage and snack service, which includes fresh-baked cookies, a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company, wine, and GoPicnic snacks.

Photos Above: Valdez.

Dillingham Schedule
From To Flt # Operating Days Depart Arrive Stops
Dillingham Anchorage 940 Mon-Fri 8:55 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 1
Dillingham Anchorage 942 Daily 6:45 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 0
Anchorage Dillingham 940 Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 0
Anchorage Dillingham 942 Daily 4:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 1
King Salmon Schedule
From To Flt # Operating Days Depart Arrive Stops
King Salmon Anchorage 940 Mon-Fri 9:55 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 0
King Salmon Anchorage 942 Daily 5:45 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 1
Anchorage King Salmon 940 Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. 9:25 a.m. 1
Anchorage King Salmon 942 Daily 4:00 p.m. 5:20 p.m. 0

Photo Above: Landing in Kodiak.

Headquartered in Anchorage and supported by over 1,000 employees, Ravn operates a highly reliable fleet of 77 aircraft on more than 400 flights per day from our hubs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Bethel, Aniak, St. Mary’s, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalakleet, Barrow, and Galena. We provide our passenger, mail, freight, and charter customers with air transportation and logistics services to over 100 destinations throughout Alaska. Ravn has interline airline agreements with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines. Passengers may participate in Ravn Alaska’s FlyAway Rewards program for all Ravn Alaska or Ravn Connect flights or accrue Alaska Airlines miles on select Ravn flights. For more information visit flyravn.com.

Top Copyright Photo(call others by Ravn Alaska): Ravn Alaska (Corvus Airlines) de Havilland Canada DHC-8-106 Dash 8 N891EA (msn 335) ANC (Ken Petersen). Image: 928177.

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Era Alaska to become Ravn Alaska, Era Aviation to become Corvus Airlines

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Era Alaska (Anchorage and Fairbanks), the brand that represents the family of airlines that includes Era Aviation, Hageland Aviation Services and Frontier Flying Service, is rebranding as Ravn Alaska. The airlines under the Era Alaska umbrella will also undergo rebranding. The move is reflective of Ravn Alaska’s ongoing effort to meet its mission of unsurpassed safety, excellent customer service, reliable and on-time flights, and safe and efficient handling of baggage and cargo. The effort is intended to decrease confusion in the marketplace with the Era name and distinguish the airline from others in the aviation industry – a process nearly six months in the making.

Ravn Alaska

Era Aviation will become Corvus Airlines, and Hageland Aviation and Frontier Flying Service will operate under the brand name Ravn Connect.

“We have worked hard to create an airline network that covers nearly the entire state of Alaska, and like the raven, we are statewide, strong in flight, and part of a united family that sticks together,” said Ravn Alaska CEO Bob Hajdukovich. “For more than 60 years, we have been a part of aviation in Alaska, and we look forward to this next chapter in our company’s history.”

Wherever you see Era Alaska today, you will see Ravn Alaska in the near future. The company will continue to operate in its current structure. There has been no change in ownership, staff or locations served. The rebranding of Era Alaska to Ravn Alaska will happen in phases and will take several months to fully complete. The website will transition from flyera.com to flyravn.com.

Background information on the three companies:

For decades, Era Alaska and its family of partners have been connecting some of the Last Frontier’s most famous destinations, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Bethel, Cordova, Homer, Valdez, Kenai, Kodiak and beyond.

Whether it’s Era Aviation, Hageland Aviation or Frontier Flying Service — combined, our companies have been flying here for about as long as Alaska’s been a state. In fact, our operations and experience have grown right alongside the Last Frontier.

The Era Alaska family is now proud to offer scheduled service to more than 100 communities statewide. Our team of professionals on the ground and in the air has the history and experience to offer the highest level of customer satisfaction today — and for the future. We offer service for passenger groups and odd-sized cargo up to 6,000 pounds, and have charter authority for anywhere in our great state, Canada and the Lower 48.

 

Era Aviation

One of the earliest pieces of the Era Alaska puzzle fell into place in 1948. Era Aviation began operations that year as Carl Brady flew the first commercial helicopter to Alaska to work on a mapping contract for the U.S. government.

These small mapping routes grew over the years until scheduled passenger service took flight in May 1983. At that time, the company was wholly owned by Rowan Companies.

After a series of owners, Era Aviation joined with the combined Hageland Aviation and Frontier Flying Service in 2009 under the Era Alaska family umbrella. The newest partnership formed the largest airgroup in the state by serving more cities and passengers with the largest airplane fleet in Alaska. Era’s scheduled regional passenger and cargo flights offer comfort, convenience and impeccable service, primarily using a combination of Bombardier Dash-8 and Beechcraft 1900D and 1900C aircraft.

 

Frontier Flying Service

Retired Air Force Col. Richard McIntyre founded Frontier Flying Service in 1950, catering to Alaska bush communities, primarily around Fairbanks. The company provided charters throughout the state as well as mail service for Wien Air Alaska.

In 1974, Frontier was purchased by John Hajdukovich. The company continued to grow with its acquisition in 2005 of Cape Smythe Air Services, taking on that company’s equipment and infrastructure.

Frontier and Hageland Aviation Services began talks in 2008, eventually combining their forces to form HoTH, the parent company of the Era Alaska group of carriers. In the new mix, Frontier mainly provided service between major Alaska hub communities with Beech 1900C aircraft, while Hageland provided point-to-point service out of the hubs to smaller villages. The combined operations made the two the largest passenger commuter operation in the state by fleet size and number of routes.

In 2009, HoTH acquired Era Aviation which ultimately completed the rebranding and transformation.

 

Hageland Aviation Services

Founded in Mountain Village by Mike Hageland, Hageland Aviation started as the youngest member of Era Alaska’s extended family. A veteran of the Army European Command with experience as a flight engineer in Vietnam, Hageland began his Alaska operations in September 1981 with just one Cessna 180, which he used to transport passengers and cargo to the state’s smaller communities.

In 1982, Hageland added a C-207 to its operations as well as Tom Hawkins as a partner. The following year, Hageland Aviation Services became a corporation. Throughout the ’80s, the company added more aircraft, pilots and routes, including the Aniak, McGrath and Unalakleet regions served by Ron and James Tweto. Into the 1990s, Hageland continued to expand, acquiring a certificate to transport mail in addition to building hangars in Bethel, St. Mary’s and Kotzebue, with new bases eventually in Barrow and Nome.

At the end of the 20th century, Hageland continued to add planes to its fleet, including its first Cessna Caravan II. While bulking its numbers to nearly 20 aircraft, the company maintained safety as a priority by becoming an active member in the Alaska Aviation Safety Foundation and the Alaska Air Carrier Association in 2000.

As in earlier years, the company continued its steady growth through the first decade of the new century, adding the Beech 1900C to its stable and relocating its headquarters to the former Reeve Aleutian Airways facility near Anchorage International Airport. Frontier and Hageland combined in 2008 to form the parent company HoTH and rebrand their new services as “Frontier Alaska.” The following year, with the acquisition of Era Aviation, Frontier Alaska was rebranded as Era Alaska.

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Top and Bottom Copyright Photos: In June 2013 Era Alaska painted its de Havilland Canada (Bombardier) DHC-8-106 Dash 8 N887EA (msn 351) in the University of Alaska (Anchorage campus on one side, Fairbanks on the other side):

Era Alaska DHC-8-100 Univ of Alaska (Era)(LR)