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Ravn Air Group fails to sell its two Part 121 airlines (RavnAir Alaska and PenAir)

Ravn Air Group made this announcement:

The auction on July 8, 2020 for Ravn Air Group’s two Anchorage-based Part 121 passenger air carriers (RavnAir Alaska and PenAir) was adjourned without a sale after Ravn’s secured creditors (the Lenders) and Unsecured Creditors Committee determined that bids received were not high enough to be acceptable.

As a result, the Company will only seek approval at tomorrow’s Bankruptcy Court hearing of the other 11 asset lots successfully sold at yesterday’s auction that was focused primarily on RavnAir Connect Part 135 aircraft and facilities used in rural Alaska operations.

“While it was disappointing that no one has yet emerged as a successful bidder of our two remaining airlines, the auction process will not be concluded until our Lenders decide to end the formal court- approved sales process, make the Plan of Liquidation effective, and place the remaining airlines and their respective assets into a liquidating trust.

Given those facts, we remain optimistic that a new owner will still be able to step in and restart one or more of our two Part 121 airlines,” said Dave Pflieger, Ravn’s President & CEO.

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Ravn Air Group to be liquidated

Ravn Air Group made this announcement:

Bankruptcy Court Approves a Plan of Liquidation That Enables an Auction and Sales Process:

The Honorable Brendan L. Shannon in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on June 25 approved a Plan of Liquidation that also includes a sales process for “going concern” bidders who are interested in buying the company and its three airlines during an upcoming auction that will take place following the 4th of July holiday weekend.

The auction will offer Ravn, with its secured lenders, an opportunity to sell the company and all or a substantial portion of its assets in a sale that would be approved by the Court on July 9th. Leading into today’s hearing approximately 30 bidders expressed interest in buying all or some of the Air Group’s assets. Of these, five strategic buyers submitted bids to buy the entire Air Group.

“The outcome of today’s hearing turned out as we had hoped, and we are excited that our employees, our customers, and the many communities we serve will now have a very real opportunity to see Ravn back in the skies later this summer. While this has been a very difficult process for everyone affected, we strongly believe it will be a success for our creditors and all Alaskans if our upcoming auction leads to a successful buyer who wants to preserve the vital jobs and essential air service that Ravn previously provided to over 115 different communities in our state,” said Dave Pflieger, Ravn’s President & CEO.

A specific date for the auction has not yet been set, but it will occur prior to the July 9th hearing. Should there not be a sale of the company as a “going concern,” the Chapter 11 Liquidation Plan that the Court approved today calls for Ravn’s assets to be put into a Liquidation Trust and sold by the Liquidation Trustee.

Before it filed for Chapter 11 protection on April 5, 2020, following a 90% drop in bookings and revenue due to the arrival of COVID-19 in Alaska, and a resultant state-mandated travel ban to slow the spread of the Pandemic, Ravn was Alaska’s largest and most vital regional air carrier.  The company and its three separate airlines were supported by over 1,300 employees, and it carried passenger, mail, freight, and charter customers to more than 115 destinations throughout Alaska.

Headquartered in Anchorage, Ravn Air Group operated a safe and highly reliable fleet of 72 aircraft on more than 400 flights per day, annually carrying over 750,000 passengers per year, from hubs and communities including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Galena, Barrow, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalakleet, Bethel, Aniak, St. Mary’s, McGrath, Dillingham, and King Salmon. In late 2018, Ravn acquired Peninsula Airways and its five Saab 2000s as part of a sale process that ended PenAir’s two-year financial bankruptcy and added the company to the Ravn Air Group portfolio. Later, in 2019, Ravn Air Group started Essential Air Service flying to St. Paul in the Pribilof Islands with its highly reliable 29 & 37 seat DHC-8 (Dash 8) aircraft.

Ravn Air Group’s two Part 121 air carriers are FAA-approved Safety Management System (“SMS”) airlines. In addition, in May 2018 and again in April 2020, RavnAir Alaska became one of a few regional airlines in the U.S. to pass the challenging International Air Transportation Association’s (IATA) Safety and Operational Audit (IOSA), and in 2019 RavnAir Alaska became the first and only IOSA-approved Part 121 regional airline in the State of Alaska.

RavnAir files for bankruptcy, all 72 aircraft parked

RavnAir Group filed for Chapter 11 reorganization on April 5, 2020. All 72 aircraft are parked.

 

The airline issued this statement:

RavnAir Group on April 5 announced that due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented loss of 90% of passenger revenue at all three of its airlines (RavnAir Alaska, PenAir, and RavnAir Connect) it must, for the time being:

  • Park all seventy-two (72) of its aircraft;
  • Stop all operations; and
  • Temporarily lay off all remaining staff until the company is in a position to cover

    the costs of rehiring, resuming flights, and operating to the many communities it serves throughout our State.

    Because of the company’s critical need for additional funding, Ravn has also filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Ravn’s lenders have agreed to provide financing during the pendency of the Chapter 11.

    This filing will allow the company to “hit pause” and await word on its Federal CARES Act grant applications and other sources of financial assistance that will allow it to get through the Coronavirus crisis and successfully restart operations. The company is also actively seeking private investment as well.

    Ravn has been in contact with the CEOs of other air carriers around the State since last Thursday, April 2nd to help them establish new or replacement air service wherever possible, and it will continue those efforts during this uncertain period of time before the company can resume its own operations.

The CEO also issued this statement:

RE: Ensuring Our Future Together
To our valued Customers and Frequent Flyers,

As you know, the entire airline industry has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and vitally necessary travel bans.

Unfortunately, RavnAir Group, the largest regional airline in our state, has been similarly affected by this crisis. It is for that reason that today we made the extremely difficult decision to ground all seventy-two (72) of our aircraft; stop all operations; temporarily lay-off all of our employees; and seek Chapter 11 protection in order to obtain immediate Debtor-in-Possession (DIP) funding.

We took these actions to ensure our airline has a future, and to give us time to “hit pause” while we seek federal CARES Act grants and other sources of financial assistance that will allow us to weather the Coronavirus pandemic and emerge successfully once it has passed.

How long we must wait is uncertain, but I want to assure you that everyone here at Ravn is doing everything possible to get back in the air very soon, so we can resume the vital air service you depend on to get home to your families, to your businesses, to medical appointments, and to other duties that are essential to our communities and the State of Alaska.

For those of you who were scheduled to fly this week or in the weeks ahead, please accept my deepest apologies for this sudden, but vitally necessary, decision to cancel all flights until further notice. With our call center now closed, I would request that you contact us through our website (www.flyravn.com) or by email at customerfeedback@ravnairgroup.com so we can gather your information and follow-up accordingly, once we have more news regarding your flight bookings.

I would also ask that you keep checking our website and your email for future updates regarding what’s next for Ravn, and when we expect to be able to restart our airline.

For now, I hope you, your families, and your loved ones all stay safe and healthy during these incredibly trying times.

With my best regards,

Dave Pflieger CEO

 

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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 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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Era Alaska: AG Slide Show

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):

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