Alpine Air Express, Inc. has announced that it has acquired Suburban Air Freight Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
This strategic addition marks Alpine’s second acquisition since becoming a portfolio company of AE Industrial Partners, LP (“AEI”), a private equity firm specializing in aerospace, defense & government services, space, power & utility services, and specialty industrial markets. Alpine also acquired the assets of Great Lakes Airlines in 2020.
Headquartered in Provo, Utah, Alpine is a leading Part-135 air cargo operator with a long and distinguished history of providing its customers with safe and reliable air cargo transportation services. Alpine operates a growing fleet of more than 50 active aircraft and owns a proprietary Supplemental Type Certificate (“STC”) to convert the Beechcraft 1900D aircraft from passenger to cargo configuration, providing a unique value proposition to its blue-chip customers such as UPS, U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and others.
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Omaha, NE, Suburban is a Part-135 regional air cargo carrier providing dedicated air cargo services to DHL and other leading customers. Much like Alpine, Suburban primarily operates a fleet of Beech 1900s and operates a highly complementary integrated maintenance operations team. Suburban’s leadership team of Geoff Gallup and Jay Armstrong will remain with the Company to help transition Suburban into this next chapter and assist with the integration into Alpine.
Pet Airways (Delray Beach) which does not have any aircraft of its own, was operating twice-monthly on a Los Angeles-Phoenix-Denver-Omaha-Chicago Midway-Farmingdale (near New York)-Washington Dulles-Atlanta Cobb County-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood routing.
However the company is now getting bad press due to cancelled flights and stranded pets. According to this New York Times article it is unclear when the last flight was operated. The article also quotes Pet Airways as stating they are using Suburban Air Freight (subair.com) (Omaha) again as the carrier. Suburban and Pet Airways parted ways in September when Pet Airways selected another provider which has led to some of the operational problems.
Suburban Air Freight operates under the Subair.com name. Beech 1900C N719GL rests on the Lincoln ramp before additional Pet Airways sub-titles were added. Copyright Photo: Gary R. Schenaman.
Suburban Air Freight (subair.com) (Omaha) will operate a Beech (Raytheon) 1900C (N719GL, msn UB-19) for Pet Airways. Subair.com operates 1900Cs, Beech 99s, Cessna 208Bs and Aero Commanders 680FLs. Pet Airways will start operations on July 14 between New York, Washington, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles transporting only pets as we previously reported. Fares range from $149 to $299 one-way for the fur friends. Pet Airways is already fully booked for the first two months!