Pacific Island Aviation

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Pacific Island Aviation
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1997
Commenced operations August 1988 (1988-08)
Ceased operations February 9, 2005 (2005-02-09)[1]
Hubs Saipan International Airport[2]
Headquarters Garapan, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands[3]
Key people Robert Christian, owner[4]
Short 360 in 2004

Pacific Island Aviation (PIA) was a commuter airline headquartered on the second floor of the Cabrera Center in Garapan, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.[3] It operated passenger and cargo services. Its main base was Saipan International Airport.[2] PIA's last flight was February 9, 2005.[1]

Former code Data[edit]


The airline was established in 1987 and began helicopter operations in August 1988. It secured commuter airline status in February 1992 and started operations as such on 21 March 1992. It became a codeshare partner with Continental Micronesia in December 1992 and took over flights to Guam, Rota and Saipan. In February 1995 Continental discontinued its service to Rota and Pacific Island Aviation began codesharing with Northwest Airlines, becoming a Northwest Airlink carrier in February 1998. It was wholly owned by Robert Christian.[2]

After it discontinued service in Saipan, the airline attempted to restart its operations, but base itself out of Texas, providing flights from Dallas to Lake Charles and Beaumont. It planned to operate as Tri-Star Airways.[6]


As of January 2005 Pacific Island Aviation operated the following services:[7]

(Services to Tinian International Airport on Tinian were suspended before the airline went out of business.)

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 27 October 1992 - Pacific Island Aviation Cessna 310R aircraft, at Saipan, two fatalities.[8]


As of March 2005 the Pacific Island Aviation fleet included:[9]

Type Total Passengers Operation
F Y+ Y Total
Short 360 3 30 30 All operated for Northwest Airlink


  1. ^ a b Donato, Agnes E. (26 January 2005). "PIA to fold its wings, cites stiff competition". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Flight International 12–18 April 2005
  3. ^ a b PIA Contacts at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 March 2005)
  4. ^ Stier, Ken (7 November 2002). "Startup Business Hopes for A Caucasus Breakthrough". EurasiaNet. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Airline Codes retrieved 12 December 2006
  6. ^ "Defunct Pacific Carrier Eyes Texas Routes.(Pacific Island Aviation)." Regional Aviation News. May 30, 2005. Retrieved on September 17, 2009.
  7. ^ PIA Route Map at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 March 2005)
  8. ^ "Accidents Involving Passenger Fatalities U. S. Commuters (Part 135) 1982 - Present". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  9. ^ PIA Company Information at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 March 2005)

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