(as Economy Helicopters)
|Commenced operations||1948 |
|Ceased operations||February 27, 2009 (bought by Frontier Alaska Group, name change to Era Alaska and now Ravn Alaska)|
|Hubs||Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan - Era Aviation FlyAway Rewards|
|Destinations||up to 32|
|Company slogan||FlySmart. FlyEra.|
|Parent company||Era Aviation, Inc|
|Headquarters||Anchorage, Alaska, USA|
Era Aviation was an airline based in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. It operated a network of services from Anchorage as part of Alaska Airlines Partnerships. Its main base was Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Era Aviation has since been renamed Corvus Airlines who currently do business as Ravn Alaska.
Era Aviation was established and initiated operations in 1948 when Carl Brady flew the first commercial helicopter to Alaska for contract work supporting a mapping project for the U.S. government. Fixed wing aircraft were then acquired by the company in addition to helicopters with rotorcraft being operated in Alaska, California and Louisiana by the Era Helicopters division. Scheduled fixed wing passenger services began in May 1983. During the summer of 1984, Era was operating scheduled services between Anchorage and Bethel, Kenai and Valdez. Era was a wholly owned division of the Rowan Companies at this time, which is a large oil and gas drilling rig operator. The airline formerly operated Convair 580 turboprops as well as de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and DHC-7 Dash 7 aircraft and then added DHC-8 Dash 8 turboprops. Most of the airline's scheduled passenger flights were code share feeder services for Alaska Airlines. Era used the two letter "AS" airline code for its flight numbers on these services for Alaska Airlines. Beechcraft 1900C and Beechcraft 1900D turboprops were subsequently added to the fleet.
Effective February 27, 2009, Era Aviation, Inc. was bought out and became a subsidiary of The Frontier Alaska Group along with Frontier Flying Service and Hageland Aviation. The combination of the three air carriers resulted in the largest Alaska-based airline in terms of serving more destinations and passengers operated with the largest airplane fleet in the state. The three airlines then operated under the marketing name of Era Alaska / Frontier Alaska (Hagland Aviation and Frontier Flying Services) which has since changed the marketing name of all the airlines to Ravn Alaska / Ravn Connect brands.
Era Aviation operated scheduled passenger services to the following destinations in Alaska and Canada at various times over the years prior to the merger which created Era Alaska.
- Aniak, Alaska
- Barrow, Alaska (via an intermediate stop in Fairbanks)
- Bethel, Alaska
- Cordova, Alaska
- Deadhorse, Alaska (Prudhoe Bay, Alaska)
- Fairbanks, Alaska
- Galena, Alaska
- Homer, Alaska
- Iliamna, Alaska
- Kenai, Alaska
- Kodiak, Alaska
- St. Mary's, Alaska
- Unalakleet, Alaska
- Valdez, Alaska
- Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada - only international route flown by Era
In addition, Ravn Alaska offers scheduled service to more than 100 communities statewide.
The Corvus fleet includes the following aircraft (upon merger):
Era Aviation previously operated Convair 580 turboprop aircraft as well as de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprop aircraft. The Twin Otter and Dash 7 are short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft. The company also operated a Lear 35 business jet; however, this aircraft was not used in scheduled passenger airline operations. A flight seeing air tour service with Douglas DC-3 aircraft was also operated from Anchorage as Era Classic Airlines.
Bankruptcy and buyout
After being bought and sold several times over the years, Era filed for bankruptcy in 2005. In 2009 the company was acquired by rival Frontier Alaska Group and the Frontier Flying Service Part 121 mainline operation was in the process of being merged into Era Aviation's certificate. In 2010, Era Alaska was formed using the assets of Frontier Alaska Group, Frontier Flying Service, Era Aviation, and Hageland Aviation. In 2014, Eras parent company changed its name to Corvus Airlines d/b/a Ravn Alaska.
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- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 77.
- http://www.timetableimages.com, June 1984 Era Aviation system timetable
- http://www.flyravn.com, "About Us"
- http://www.airtimes.com, Era Aviation system timetables
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Era Aviation system timetables and route maps
- "Directory: World Airlines Part 2 (C-L)". Flight International: 31–80. 2009-04-07.
- http://www.airliners.net, photos of Era Classic Airlines DC-3
- Rivals to acquire Era Aviation Anchorage Daily News February 17th, 2009