||It has been suggested that Wings of Alaska be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since July 2014.|
|Commenced operations||June 5, 2008|
|Hubs||As SeaPort Airlines:|
|Focus cities||Kansas City International Airport|
|Company slogan||It's About Time|
|Parent company||SeaPort Airlines, Inc.|
|Headquarters||Portland International Airport
SeaPort Airlines is an US-based regional airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon. It operates scheduled service from its bases at Portland International Airport (PDX), Memphis International Airport (MEM), and San Diego International Airport (SAN). Its services are divided into three distinct geographic regions (Pacific Northwest, Mid-South, Southwest) and there are no connections between its three hubs.
From a base in Juneau, Alaska SeaPort Airlines operates throughout Southeast Alaska using the brand Wings of Alaska. This was the name of the commuter airline purchased by SeaPort Airlines, Inc. to begin its flights between Seattle and Portland. The Alaska and Lower 48 operations share the same FAA operating certificate and management team.
SeaPort Airlines uses the callsign "Sasquatch" to communicate with air traffic controllers. The carrier played off this in early 2013 when it introduced "Roger, The SeaPort Airlines Sasquatch" as the airline's mascot.
SeaPort uses a fleet of nine-passenger planes, single engine Cessna Caravan 208 aircraft. Wings of Alaska operates both Cessna Caravan 208 and Cessna 207 aircraft.
Operations and Amenities
SeaPort Airlines operates scheduled commuter service, connecting rural communities to the national transportation network across the Pacific Northwest and Mid-South. Beginning May 1, 2013, SeaPort Airlines will serve Burbank, Imperial/El Centro, and San Diego, California
Pacific Northwest Service
SeaPort's Pacific Northwest Service at its Portland International Airport (PDX) hub was historically targeted at commuters between Seattle and Portland wishing to avoid congestion at the larger Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the main commercial terminal at Portland International Airport. In late 2011, Seaport began to reinvent its business model and the carrier ended its namesake route between Seattle (Boeing Field) and Portland on January 27, 2012.
As part of this business shift, on January 15, 2012 SeaPort Airlines began nonstop flights between Portland International Airport and North Bend/Coos Bay (Southwest Oregon Regional Airport) utilizing Cessna Caravan aircraft.
On October 21, 2008, SeaPort Airlines was awarded a two-year government grant to provide commercial service from Portland to Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton beginning December 1, 2008, replacing subsidized service by Horizon Air.
On March 12, 2010, SeaPort won a two year Essential Air Service contract to provide three daily flights Sunday through Friday between Salina, Kansas and Kansas City International Airport. As part of this growth SeaPort secured Department of Transportation approval to add daily flights between Kansas City International Airport and Harrison, Arkansas. In July 2011, SeaPort began service to Dallas Love Field from El Dorado and Hot Springs.
In February 2013, SeaPort Airlines announced that its contract to provide Essential Air Service (“EAS”) at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport has been extended by the US Department of Transportation through January 31, 2014. The carrier had been awarded a one-year, rather than the typical two-year contract, due to the low number of passengers that used the flights operated by the previous carrier providing EAS, which had put Jackson’s continued eligibility for subsidized air service at risk.
On May 1, 2013, the airline began service connecting Imperial/El Centro to San Diego and Burbank. The EAS contract was awarded to SeaPort in January 2013, replacing incumbent carrier SkyWest Airlines, which linked Imperial to Los Angeles.
In July, 2014, SeaPort Airlines announced it would begin nonstop service between Burbank and San Diego on October 1, with four weekday flights each way, and reduced service on weekends.
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