Wings of Alaska

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Wings of Alaska
Wingslogo.jpg
Founded 1982
Ceased operations March 13, 2017
Hubs Juneau International Airport
Focus cities Skagway, Haines, Gustavus (Glacier Bay), Hoonah (Icy Straight), Juneau
Fleet size 2
Destinations 5
Parent company Glacial Aviation
Headquarters Juneau, Alaska, USA
Key people Aldwin Harder-Managing Partner
Website www.wingsofalaska.com

Wings of Alaska was an American scheduled and charter airline company based in Juneau in the U.S. state of Alaska.[1]

History[edit]

Wings of Alaska was set up in 1982, to provide scheduled, chartered and freight flights services to many of the communities across Southeast, Alaska. Wings of Alaska was one of 7 airlines in Alaska with the Medallion Foundation Shield, which has strict safety & operational guidelines that exceed the Federal Aviation Regulations. Wings is the only scheduled land-based airline in Southeast Alaska to have earned this Shield.[2] Wings fleet is also equipped with state-of-the-art Chelton Flight Systems Capstone Program, offering "Highway In The Sky" technology.

In 2008, Wings of Alaska was acquired by SeaPort Airlines. Following the acquisition, its headquarters were moved to Portland, Oregon. The combined airline maintained a single FAA operating certificate to operate single scheduled and non-scheduled flights in the Lower 48 market.

In 2015 Wings of Alaska was acquired from Seaport Airlines, by a locally owned Alaska business partnership, Fjord Flying Services, but continues to operate under the Wings of Alaska name. The company plans to focus on the locals and connections within the state itself, rather than connections to the continental U.S.[3]

In March, 2017 Wings of Alaska announced that it was going out of business, ceasing operations immediately.[4]

Destinations[edit]

Wings of Alaska operated scheduled flights to the following locations in Alaska:

City ICAO Airport
Juneau JNU Juneau International Airport
Gustavus GST Gustavus Airport
Haines HNS Haines Airport
Hoonah HNH Hoonah Airport
Skagway SGY Skagway Airport

Former scheduled destinations:[5]

City ICAO Airport
Excursion Inlet EXI Excursion Inlet Seaplane Base

They also have charter service throughout Alaska.

Fleet[edit]

A list of aircraft used by Wings of Alaska:[6]

Aircraft In service Passengers
Cessna 207 1 5
Cessna U206 1 5

Incidents[edit]

Wings of Alaska Flight 202, a Cessna 207 carrying one pilot and four passengers, crashed into a mountain between Juneau and Hoonah on 17 July 2015, killing the pilot. All four passengers survived. The National Transportation Safety Board investigated the crash and determined the cause was pilot error due to unfavorable weather conditions.[7]Mechanical failure was not a factor in the crash.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us." Wings of Alaska. Retrieved on July 18, 2010. "Mailing Address: Wings of Alaska 8421 Livingston Way Juneau, AK 99801-8098"
  2. ^ Wings of Alaska, official website
  3. ^ DeGrave, Sam (12 October 2015). "Wings of Alaska sold - Gustavus charter company takes over Saturday". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Files, Emily (March 13, 2017). "Empire: Wings of Alaska shuts down". KHNS. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Summer Schedule, Effective May 6, 2009 thru September 8, 2009". Wings of Alaska. 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  6. ^ FAA registry - Glacial Aviation
  7. ^ "Wreckage recovered from Southeast Alaska plane crash; investigation continues". Alaska Dispatch News. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 

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