(as Economy Helicopters)
|Commenced operations||1948 |
|Ceased operations||February 27, 2009 (bought by Frontier Alaska Group -- now Era Alaska)|
|Hubs||Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan - Era Aviation FlyAway Rewards|
|Company slogan||FlySmart. FlyEra.|
|Parent company||Era Aviation, Inc|
|Headquarters||Anchorage, Alaska, USA|
Era Aviation was an airline based in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. It operated a network of services from Anchorage as part of Alaska Airlines Partnerships. Its main base was Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Era Aviation was established and started operations in 1948 when Carl Brady flew what was the first commercial helicopter to Alaska to work on a mapping contract for the US government. Fixed wing aircraft were then acquired by the company in addition to helicopters. Scheduled fixed wing passenger services began in May 1983. Era was a wholly owned division of the Rowan Companies, which is a large oil and gas drilling rig operator. The airline formerly operated Convair 580 turboprops as well as de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, DHC-7 Dash 7 and DHC-8 Dash 8 turboprops flying code share feeder services for Alaska Airlines. Era used the two letter "AS" airline code for its flight numbers on these services for Alaska Airlines.
Effective February 27, 2009, Era Aviation, Inc. was bought out and became a subsidiary of The Frontier Alaska Group along with Frontier Flying Service and Hageland Aviation. The combination of the three air carriers resulted in the largest Alaska-based airline in terms of serving more destinations and passengers operated with the largest airplane fleet in the state. The combined airline now operates as Era Alaska.
In addition, a network of villages in Alaska was served from Bethel with the DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft.
The Era Aviation fleet included the following aircraft (upon merger)
Era Aviation previously operated Convair 580 turboprop aircraft as well as de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, DHC-7 Dash 7 and DHC-8 Dash turboprop aircraft. The Twin Otter and Dash 7 are short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft. The company also operated a Lear 35 business jet; however, this aircraft was not used in scheduled passenger airline operations.
Bankruptcy and buyout
After being bought and sold several times over the years, Era filed for bankruptcy in 2005. In 2009 the company was acquired by rival Frontier Alaska Group and the Frontier Flying Service 121 mainline operation was in the process of being merged into Era Aviation's certificate. In 2010, Era Alaska was formed using the assets of Frontier Alaska Group, Frontier Flying Service, Era Aviation, and Hageland Aviation.
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