Wright Air Service

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Wright Air Service
Wright Air Service Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #HYTA069A[1]
Operating basesFairbanks International Airport
Fleet size21
HeadquartersFairbanks, Alaska, United States
Key peopleAl Wright, Founder
Robert Bursiel, Ex-President
Wright Air Service terminal building

Wright Air Service is an American commuter airline based in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States. It was established by Al Wright and started operations in 1967. It is located off the east ramp near the Fairbanks International Airport.[2] The president of the company was Robert Bursiel, but the company was recently bought out by a new owner in 2017.


Bob Bursiel, former president, started as a pilot for Wright's in 1968. As the company grew, more aircraft joined the fleet. Bursiel then became the owner of Wright's in 1982, changing the company's focus from game surveys, short fields, and Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction support, to carrying passengers and mail to the remote villages of Alaska.[3]


The Wright Air Service fleet includes the following aircraft:[4]

Plane Name Number in Operation Number of Passengers Cruise Speed Fuel Range Load Limit
Cessna Grand Caravan 11 9 165 kts 6 Hrs 2000-2400 LBS
Cessna 206 2 4 125 kts 5 Hrs 900 LBS
Piper Navajo Chieftain 2 8 175 knots 5 Hrs 1400 LBS
Piper Navajo 1 6 175 kts 5 Hrs 1200 LBS
Helio Courier 4 3 110 kts 5 Hrs 750 LBS
Beechcraft Bonanza 1 3 165 kts 5 Hrs 750 LBS


Wright Air Cessna 208 Caravan loading at Fairbanks International Airport.
Wright Air Helio Courier unloading a rafting party.

Wright Air Service operates scheduled passenger flights to the following locations in Alaska (as of June 2012):[2]

  1. Allakaket (AET) - Allakaket Airport (to Bettles, Fairbanks)
  2. Anaktuvuk Pass (AKP) - Anaktuvuk Pass Airport (to Bettles, Fairbanks)
  3. Arctic Village (ARC) - Arctic Village Airport (to Fairbanks, Fort Yukon, Venetie)
  4. Bettles (BTT) - Bettles Airport (to Allakaket, Anaktuvuk Pass, Fairbanks)
  5. Coldfoot (CXF) - Coldfoot Airport
  6. Birch Creek (KBC) - Birch Creek Airport (to Fairbanks, Venetie)
  7. Fairbanks (FAI) - Fairbanks International Airport (hub)
  8. Fort Yukon (FYU) - Fort Yukon Airport (to Arctic Village, Birch Creek, Fairbanks, Venetie)
  9. Galena (GAL) - Edward G. Pitka Sr. Airport (to Kaltag)
  10. Hughes (HUS) - Hughes Airport (to Fairbanks, Tanana)
  11. Huslia (HSL) - Huslia Airport (to Fairbanks, Hughes, Tanana, Ruby)
  12. Kaltag (KAL) - Kaltag Airport (to Nulato)
  13. Koyukuk (KYU) - Koyukuk Airport (to Huslia)
  14. Lake Minchumina (LMA) - Minchumina Airport (to Fairbanks)
  15. Nulato (NUL) - Nulato Airport (to Koyukuk)
  16. Ruby (RBY) - Ruby Airport (to Fairbanks)
  17. Tanana (TAL) - Ralph M. Calhoun Memorial Airport (to Fairbanks, Hughes, Huslia)
  18. Venetie (VEE) - Venetie Airport (to Arctic Village, Birch Creek, Fairbanks, Fort Yukon)

Wright Air Service also provides charter service.


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ a b "Wright Air Service". Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Wright's History". Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Aircraft available. Wright Air Service. Retrieved April 9, 2018.

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