|Hubs||Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport|
|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. 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 between Bemidji and the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. In the mid-eighties they expanded the business to include many scheduled cargo freight runs, and added many larger aircraft. Since 1991, primary activities have been scheduled cargo services, passenger and cargo charters, and typical fixed-base operations at the Bemidji Airport. In January of 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 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 March 2007):
- 3 Beechcraft Model 99
- 1 Beechcraft Model 99A
- 6 Raytheon Beech C99
- 3 Fairchild Metro III Model AC227-AC
- 20 Beech Queen Air Excalibur
- 1 Raytheon Beech King Air E90
- 1 Raytheon Beech Baron 58
- 3 Cessna Model 172
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 85.