Ravn Alaska

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Not to be confused with Raven Air.
Ravn Alaska
Ravn Alaska logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
7H RVF Raven Flight
Commenced operations 1948 (as Economy Helicopters)
Hubs
Secondary hubs
Frequent-flyer program FlyAway Rewards
Subsidiaries Ravn Connect
Fleet size 73 [1]
Destinations 92 [2]
Company slogan Bringing Alaskans Together
Parent company Corvus Airlines
Headquarters Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Key people Bob Hajdukovich (CEO),[3]
Employees 900+
Website www.FlyRavn.com
Logo under former name Era Alaska

Corvus Airlines dba Ravn Alaska (formerly Era Alaska) is an air marketing brand operated by Corvus Airlines, a FAR Part 121 airline headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, United States. It operates a network of services from Anchorage as part of an Alaska Airlines Partnership. Its primary hub is Anchorage Airport.[4]

History[edit]

An Era Aviation d/b/a Era Alaska Dash 8

Era Alaska was formed when three airlines, Frontier Flying Service, Era Aviation, and Hageland Aviation began operating under the former Frontier Alaska / Era Alaska brand names. The three airlines now serve as the largest air carrier in the state of Alaska by connecting more cities and passengers, utilizing the largest airplane fleet in Alaska. The airline group also acquired Arctic Circle Air Service, a local cargo airline, in 2010.

The airline's history in providing safe air service has earned it the Medallion Shield by the Medallion Foundation.[5]

In 2014, the partnership was re-branded as Ravn Alaska, with the brand Ravn Alaska operated by Era Aviation which was renamed Corvus Airlines and the brand Ravn Connect operated by Hageland Aviation (scheduled passenger flights) and Frontier Flying Service (cargo and on-demand charters).[6]

Fleet[edit]

The Ravn Alaska fleet includes the following aircraft (as of May 2016):[1]

Ravn Alaska fleet
Aircraft Total Seats Notes
Beechcraft 1900C 8 (5-Era Aviation 3-Hageland Aviation) 9-19 One for cargo
Beechcraft 1900D 3 (3-Era Aviation) 19
de Havilland DHC-8-100 10 (8-Era Aviation) 29-37
Cessna 207 Stationair 20 (20-Hageland Aviation) 6
Cessna 208 Caravan 15[7] 0-9 One crashed on November 29, 2013[8]
Cessna 180 Skywagon 1 (1-Hageland Aviation) 5
Piper PA-31 Chieftain 8 (8-Hageland Aviation) 8
Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II 4 (Ravn Connect) 9 Operated by Hageland Aviation
Short 330 Sherpa 2 (2-Arctic Circle Air)
Cargo configuration, operated by Arctic Circle Air Service
Total 71

Formerly operated[edit]

Destinations[edit]

Ravn Alaska offers scheduled service to over 100 Alaskan cities and communities.

Media appearances[edit]

Main article: Flying Wild Alaska

Beginning on January 14, 2011, Discovery Channel's Flying Wild Alaska showcased Era Alaska's daily operations. It aired until July 20, 2012, totaling 31 episodes over three seasons.[9]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • November 8, 1997 - Hageland Aviation Flight 500 was a Cessna Caravan 675B crashed. After the NTSB report, investigators determined there were multiple causes of the crash, including icing, weight imbalance and pilot error.[10] The accident killed all 8 passengers and crew on board.
  • December 9, 2002 - During a Raytheon Pre-purchase Flight, a Beechcraft 1900C crashed after running into a mountain in western Arkansas. The accident killed all 3 pilots on board, including Ron Tweto, President of Hageland Aviation Services.
  • January 6, 2011 - A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan passenger plane, registered N715HE, sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Kipnuk Airport, AK (KPN), USA. None of the four passengers or two crew members were injured. The airplane operated on Hageland flight 161 from Bethel Airport, AK (BET) to Kipnuk Airport, AK (KPN).
  • November 29, 2013 - four people were killed when Flight 1453 crashed near the village of St. Mary's. Killed were the pilot, Terry Hanson, 68, and three passengers, all residents of Mountain Village: Rose Polty, 57, Richard Polty, 65, and Wyatt Coffee, five months old. Six more passengers were injured. The flight originated from Bethel.[11]
  • August 31, 2016 - A Ravn Connect Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX collided with a Renfro's Alaskan Adventures Piper Super Cub during a flight from Russian Mission Airport to Marshall Airport in Alaska. The five people on board the two aircraft lost their lives.[12]
  • October 2, 2016 - Three people were killed when a Ravn Alaska Cessna 208B crashed near Togiak, Alaska. There were no survivors.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fleet information" (PDF). Ravn Alaska. Retrieved May 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Ravn Alaska Routes" (PDF). RavnAlaska.com. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Alaska's Largest Regional Air Group is Changing its Name to Ravn Alaska" (Press release). Ravn Alaska. January 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. April 3, 2007. p. 77. 
  5. ^ Medallion Foundation
  6. ^ "About Ravn". Ravn Alaska. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ravn Adds Aircraft to its Fleet". Visit Anchorage Alaska. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. 
  9. ^ About the Show : Flying Wild Alaska : Discovery Channel
  10. ^ "NTSB report: Fatal 1997 crash caused by ice, weight imbalance". JuneauEmpire.com. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  11. ^ http://www.adn.com/2013/11/30/3204898/4-reported-dead-in-plane-crash.html
  12. ^ https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20160831-0
  13. ^ Boots, Michelle (October 2, 2016). "Troopers: 3 dead in crash of small plane in Southwest Alaska". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 

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