Grant Aviation is a regional airline that serves the town of Kenai, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Bristol Bay and the Aleutian Chain in Alaska. The airline was formed in 1971 as Delta Air Services based in Emmonak. The current owners are Bruce McGlasson and Mark "Woody" Richardson, who purchased the airline in 2004.
Grant Aviation was established in 1971 as Delta Air Services in Emmonak. The name was changed to Grant Aviation in 1993. Throughout the company's early years, before organizations like LifeMed Alaska, Grant provided medevac services for many of the villages of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Villages would call Grant for medevac services and Grant would then transport patients to receive emergency medical care.
In October 1994, the village of Emmonak gave a Native owl mask to Grant Aviation in appreciation for numerous life-saving efforts in the villages of the Yukon River Delta. Later this mask became the company logo.
Today, Grant Aviation has base operations in Anchorage, Bethel, Cold Bay, Dillingham, Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, Emmonak, Kenai and King Salmon, and serves communities throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the Aleutians and Bristol Bay. Grant Aviation continues to provide air ambulance services in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region through a contract with LifeMed Alaska.
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Grant Aviation, along with Bering Air, Frontier Flying Service, Northern Air Cargo, PenAir, and Ryan Air, participates in the Flying Can service, which allows rural Alaskan communities to recycle aluminum cans and now number 1 PET bottles in cooperation with Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling. Grant provides air ambulance services in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region through a contract with LifeMed Alaska. Grant Aviation also has a program to move shelter animals from the Kenai to Anchorage, where they have a better chance of getting adopted.
Grant Aviation offers a frequent-flyer program called Quyana Rewards. Quyana Rewards members get credit for every paid segment on Grant Aviation. Members can redeem a free one-way ticket for every 5 segments and a round trip for 10 segments, anywhere they fly. Rewards never expire.
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- "Grant Aviation - Schedule". Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- "Grant Aviation AOC". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
- Tuttle, Logan (16 June 2010). "Rural recycling finds a PET project". The Arctic Sounder. Alaska Newspapers, Inc. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- "Quyana Rewards". Grant Aviation. Retrieved 2015-12-10.