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Peninsula Airways (PenAir)
IATA
KS
ICAO
PEN
Callsign
PENINSULA
Founded 1955
Hubs
Secondary hubs
Frequent-flyer program Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Fleet size 15
Destinations 16
Company slogan The Spirit of Alaska
Headquarters Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Website www.PenAir.com

Peninsula Airways, operating as PenAir, is an American airline headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska.[1] It is Alaska's second largest commuter airline operating an extensive scheduled passenger and cargo service, as well as charter and medevac services. Its main base is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, with an East Coast hub at Boston Logan International Airport [2]

As of November 2013 Penair received $6,363,008 in annual Federal subsidies for Essential Air Services that they provided to rural airports in Plattsburgh, NY and Presque Isle, ME. [3]

PenAir Saab 340B

History[edit]

1955
Orin Seybert founded Peninsula Airways. He was 19 years old, living in Pilot Point, Alaska and owned a 1946 two-seat Taylorcraft. In 1956, a four-seat Piper Tri-Pacer was purchased, and the company was named Peninsula Airways.

1965
On March 1, 1965 Peninsula Airways became incorporated and purchased the fixed base operation in King Salmon, which included the Chevron Airport Dealership.

1967
Peninsula Airways became a full-time subcontractor to Reeve Aleutian Airways, meeting Reeveís certificate obligations to Chignik, Perryville and Ivanoff Bay.

1969
Peninsula Airways acquired all assets of Tibbetts-Herre Airmotive, which had operated from Naknek since 1950. By 1973, regular service was provided between King Salmon and the Pribilof Island communities, St. Paul and St. George. Charter service was also extended into the Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor, Atka and Adak, with Grumman Super Widgeons.

1977
Two Grumman Goose aircraft were purchased from Reeve Aleutian Airways, and the sub-contract was expanded to cover all locations certificated to Reeve throughout the Alaskan Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. This required setting up an operating base at Cold Bay, with hangars, offices and employee housing.

1980
The Civil Aeronautics Board awarded a Part 401 ìCertificate of Public Convenience and Necessityî to Peninsula Airways, and all aircraft operations were conducted under Part 135 of the Federal Air Regulations.

1983
Peninsula Airways acquired its first turbine aircraft: a Cessna Conquest operated out of Cold Bay. Peninsula Airways was the first Alaskan air carrier to qualify for CAB Part 419 subsidy, allowing the airline to perform Essential Air Service to Atka, St. George and Kodiak Island.

1985
Peninsula Airways acquired all assets of Air Transport Service, Inc., based in Kodiak. Included in the deal was a hangar and office facility with approximately six aircraft and scheduled year-round service to all points on the Island. Anchorage base was started with two Cessna Conquest turbo-props offering charter service from Anchorage to the Pribilof Islands. Scheduled service from Anchorage to King Salmon and Dillingham was added a year later.

1987
The first Fairchild "Metroliner" was put in service.

1988
Several bush operators in Dillingham had their certificates revoked by the FAA, prompting Peninsula Airways to set up an operation there. A hangar and aircraft were purchased and service to the surrounding communities began.

1989
Peninsula Airways was contracted by Exxon to support the "Exxon Valdez" oil spill cleanup. Also, at this time, a contract was awarded to PenAir by Alaska Regional Hospital to provide 24-hour medevac service. PenAir operations were inspected and approved by Exxon Corporation, U.S. Office of Aircraft Services, U.S. Department of Defense, and 2 FAA NASIP "white glove" inspections.

1991
Peninsula Airways began doing business as PenAir and became a code-share and mileage plan partner with Alaska Airlines.

1996
PenAir transitioned to FAA Part 121 regulations, operating under both Part 135 and 121. PenAir was the first regional airline in the United States to make the 10-19 seat required conversion, including a dispatch department.

1997
PenAir acquired two Saab 340B aircraft and in 1998 moved into a new hangar/office complex in Anchorage, Alaska.

2011
PenAir retired the last Fairchild "Metroliner" from service.

Today
PenAir is one of Alaska's largest commuter airlines, operating a fleet of 15 aircraft and providing scheduled service to 10 communities throughout Southwest Alaska from Anchorage. PenAir was the second airline in the state to receive the Medallion Shield Award.[4]

PenAir has recently decided to repaint all aircraft with a new paint scheme. The paint scheme was copied from corporate flown SAAB 2000's. Saab 340B N424XJ is in the SOL Lineas Areas Livery without the SOL titles.

Fleet[edit]

PenAir Grumman Goose
PenAir Fleet[5]
Aircraft In Service Orders Seats Notes
Y+ Y Total
Saab 340B 15 34 34 Two operated as cargo aircraft (no passenger seating).
Total 15

PenAir was one of the very last airlines in the world to operate the venerable Grumman G-21A Goose on scheduled flights. The amphibious aircraft used to resupply remote coastal locations where no land-based airstrip exists. On December 21, 2012, the last Grumman Goose made its last flight from Unalaska to Anchorage and had been officially retired from the fleet, however the Grumman Goose still remains a popular General Aviation and Warbird aircraft in Alaska and the Continental U.S.[6]

Destinations[edit]

Alaska[edit]

PenAir operates scheduled service to the following destinations in Alaska (as of June 2012):[7][8]

  1. Anchorage (ANC) – Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (Hub) (to Aniak, Cold Bay, Dillingham, King Salmon, McGrath, St. George, St. Paul, Sand Point, Unalakleet)[7]
  2. Aniak (ANI) – Aniak Airport (to Anchorage)[7]
  3. Cold Bay (CDB) – Cold Bay Airport (to Anchorage) [7][8]
  4. Dillingham (DLG) – Dillingham Airport (to Anchorage) [7][8]
  5. Dutch Harbor / Unalaska (DUT) – Unalaska Airport (to Anchorage) [8]
  6. King Salmon (AKN) – King Salmon Airport (to Anchorage) [7][8]
  7. McGrath (MCG) – McGrath Airport (to Anchorage) [7]
  8. Sand Point (SDP) – Sand Point Airport (to Anchorage, Cold Bay)[7]
  9. St. George (STG) – St. George Airport (to Anchorage, St. Paul)[7]
  10. St. Paul (SNP) – St. Paul Island Airport (to Anchorage, St. George)[7]
  11. Unalakleet (UNK) – Unalakleet Airport (to Anchorage, Aniak)[7]

Former destinations in Alaska:

  1. Akutan (KQA) – Akutan Seaplane Base (to Dutch Harbor) [8]
  2. Aleknagik (WKK) – Aleknagik Airport
  3. Atka (AKB) – Atka Airport
  4. Bartletts / Egegik (BSZ) – Bartletts Airport
  5. Big Creek (BIC)
  6. Blue Mountain (VBM) – Blue Mountain Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  7. Cape Newenham (EHM) – Cape Newenham LRRS Airport
  8. Chignik Bay (KCG) – Chignik Bay Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  9. Chignik Lagoon (KCL) – Chignik Lagoon Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  10. Chignik Lake (KCQ) – Chignik Lake Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  11. Cinder River (RCP)
  12. Clarks Point (CLP) – Clarks Point Airport
  13. Coffee Point (CFA)
  14. Egegik (EGX) – Egegik Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  15. Ekwok (KEK) – Ekwok Airport (to Dillingham) [8]
  16. False Pass (KFP) – False Pass Airport (to Cold Bay) [8]
  17. Igiugig (IGG) – Igiugig Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  18. King Cove (KVC) – King Cove Airport (to Cold Bay) [8]
  19. Koliganek (KGK) – Koliganek Airport (to Dillingham) [8]
  20. Levelock (KLL) – Levelock Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  21. Nelson Lagoon (NLG) – Nelson Lagoon Airport (to Cold Bay) [8]
  22. New Stuyahok (KNW) – New Stuyahok Airport (to Dillingham) [8]
  23. Nikolski (IKO) – Nikolski Air Station (to Dutch Harbor) [8]
  24. Manokotak (KMO) – Manokotak Airport (to Dillingham) [8]
  25. Painter Creek (PCE)
  26. Perryville (KPV) – Perryville Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  27. Pilot Point (PIP) – Pilot Point Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  28. Port Heiden (PTH) – Port Heiden Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  29. Port Moller (PML) – Port Moller Airport (to Cold Bay) [8]
  30. Portage Creek (PCA) – Portage Creek Airport
  31. South Naknek (WSN) – South Naknek Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  32. Togiak (TOG) – Togiak Airport (to Dillingham) [8]
  33. Twin Hills (TWA) – Twin Hills Airport (to Dillingham) [8]
  34. Ugashik (UGB) – Ugashik Bay Airport (to King Salmon) [8]
  35. Wildman Lake (EWD)

Northeastern United States[edit]

Using Boston's Logan Airport as a hub, PenAir also operates scheduled service to the following destinations in the northeastern United States (as of June 2012):[9]

  1. Bar Harbor (BHB) - Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (to Boston) [9][10]
  2. Boston (BOS) – Logan International Airport (Hub) (to Bar Harbor, Long Island, Plattsburgh, Presque Isle) [9]
  3. Long Island/Islip (ISP) - Long Island MacArthur Airport (to Boston) (ends July 11, 2014)[11]
  4. Plattsburgh (PBG) – Plattsburgh International Airport (to Boston) [9]
  5. Presque Isle (PQI) - Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle (to Boston) [9][10]

Community awareness[edit]

PenAir, along with Bering Air, Frontier Flying Service, Grant Aviation, Northern Air Cargo, and Ryan Air, participates in the Flying Can service, which allows rural Alaskan communities to recycle aluminum cans and now number 1 PET bottles in cooperation with Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling.[12]

Incidents[edit]

  • On May 3, 1996, at 1630 Alaska daylight time, a retractable gear, wheel equipped Swearingen Metroliner III, model SW-4, N670PA, registered to and operated by Penair of Anchorage, Alaska, dragged a wing and landed hard while attempting to land on runway 11 at the New St. George Airport, St. George, Alaska. The hard landing collapsed the right main landing gear and nose landing gear. The scheduled commuter flight, operating under 14 CFR Part 135, departed St. Paul, Alaska, and the destination was St. George. A visual flight rules flight plan was in effect. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the St. George Airport. The certificated airline transport captain, the first officer, and the eleven passengers were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage. The Captain stated he was manipulating the controls at the time of the accident.
  • On April 9, 2008 a Grumman G-21A Goose registered N471 was landing at Unalaska Airport in the Aleutian Islands when an unexpected truck crossed the runway despite the runway warning lights (strobes) of incoming aircraft. The wheels of the Grumman G-21A Goose touched the roof of the truck and the plane tumbled onto the runway. The 9 people aboard the aircraft suffered only minor injuries and the truck driver was safe. The aircraft was badly damaged but not written off. The safety gates at the end of the runway had not functioned for some time and there was a reliance on the strobe lights to indicate incoming aircraft. Since that incident, fully functioning safety gates have been placed at far ends of the three (3) access roads to the runway access. Concerns still rest with traffic that gets 'stuck' in-between the safety gates after the gates are closed.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us." PenAir. Retrieved on July 16, 2009.
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. pp. 62–63. 
  3. ^ http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/Subsidized%20EAS%20web%20report%20for%20non-Alaska%20communities-Nov%202013.pdf
  4. ^ PenAir.com
  5. ^ "PenAir Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  6. ^ ""Flying Boat" Retires From PenAir Friday". Channel 2 News. December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Mainline Schedule (Alaska)" (PDF). PenAir. February 29, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Air Taxi Timetable (Alaska)" (PDF). PenAir. October 21, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "East Coast Schedule". PenAir. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Alaskan airline to begin service in Presque Isle, Bar Harbor". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ http://libn.com/2014/05/20/penair-departing-macarthur/
  12. ^ Tuttle, Logan (16 June 2010). "Rural recycling finds a PET project". The Arctic Sounder (Alaska Newspapers, Inc.). Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  13. ^ http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=17401

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