|Headquarters||Bemidji, Minnesota USA|
Bemidji Airlines (Bemidji Aviation Services Inc) is an American airline based in Bemidji, Minnesota USA. It operates domestic cargo flights, as well as extensive charter and air taxi services. Its main base is Bemidji Regional Airport, with a hub at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.
The airline was established in 1946 and started operations in 1947 operating a single Noorduyn Norseman aircraft. After acquisition by a partnership in 1970 the company operated four Cessna 150 aircraft, mainly for fire patrol, flight instruction and passenger charter services. From 1981 to 1991, the airline operated with scheduled service from Bemidji; Thief River Falls, Minnesota; Worthington, Minnesota; and Mankato, MN all to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. In the mid-eighties they expanded the business to include many regional cargo freight runs, and added many larger aircraft. Since 1991, primary activities have been small-feeder cargo services, passenger and cargo charters, and typical fixed-base operations at the Bemidji Airport. In January 2017, Sioux Falls, South Dakota based Business Aviation Courier (DBA Encore Air Cargo) was acquired from BBA Aviation. With the 2017 acquisition, the company now has 120 employees. The company became a 100% ESOP in 2007.
Bemidji Airlines operates domestic cargo/passenger services within Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota as well as extensive charter and air taxi work within USA and Canada.
The Bemidji Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (at July 2017):
- 10 Beechcraft 99, 99A or C99
- 15 Fairchild Metro III Model AC227-AC
- 20 Beechcraft Queenair with Excalibur Modification
- 1 Beechcraft King Air E90
- 1 Beechcraft 58 Baron
- 2 Cessna 404 Titan
- 5 Cessna 402B
- 3 Cessna 172
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 85.