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Peninsula Airways, doing business as PenAir, is an Americanmarker airline headquartered in Anchoragemarker, Alaskamarker. It is Alaska's second largest commuter airline operating an extensive scheduled passenger and cargo service, as well as charter and medevac services. Its main base is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airportmarker, with hubs at Dillingham Airportmarker, Unalaska Airportmarker, King Salmon Airportmarker and Cold Bay Airportmarker..

History

1955

Orin Seybert founded Peninsula Airways. He was 19 years old, living in Pilot Point, Alaska and owned a 1946 two-seat Taylorcraft. In 1956, a four-seat Piper Tri-Pacer was purchased, and the company was named Peninsula Airways.

1965

On March 1, 1965 Peninsula Airways became incorporated and purchased the fixed base operation in King Salmon, which included the Chevron Airport Dealership.

1967

Peninsula Airways became a full-time subcontractor to Reeve Aleutian Airways, meeting Reeveís certificate obligations to Chignik, Perryville and Ivanoff Bay.

1969

Peninsula Airways acquired all assets of Tibbetts-Herre Airmotive, which had operated from Naknek since 1950. By 1973, regular service was provided between King Salmon and the Pribilof Island communities, St. Paul and St. George. Charter service was also extended into the Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor, Atka and Adak, with Grumman Super Widgeons.

1977

Two Grumman Goose aircraft were purchased from Reeve Aleutian Airways, and the sub-contract was expanded to cover all locations certificated to Reeve throughout the Alaskan Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. This required setting up an operating base at Cold Bay, with hangars, offices and employee housing.

1980

The Civil Aeronautics Board awarded a Part 401 ìCertificate of Public Convenience and Necessityî to Peninsula Airways, and all aircraft operations were conducted under Part 135 of the Federal Air Regulations.

1983

Peninsula Airways acquired its first turbine aircraft: a Cessna Conquest operated out of Cold Bay. Peninsula Airways was the first Alaskan air carrier to qualify for CAB Part 419 subsidy, allowing the airline to perform Essential Air Service to Atka, St. George and Kodiak Island.

1985

Peninsula Airways acquired all assets of Air Transport Service, Inc., based in Kodiak. Included in the deal was a hangar and office facility with approximately six aircraft and scheduled year-round service to all points on the Island. Anchorage base was started with two Cessna Conquest turbo-props offering charter service from Anchorage to the Pribilof Islands. Scheduled service from Anchorage to King Salmon and Dillingham was added a year later.

1987

The first Fairchild "Metroliner" was put in service. Peninsula Airways now operates six late-model, high gross-weight, Metro III's.

1988

Several bush operators in Dillingham had their certificates revoked by the FAA, prompting Peninsula Airways to set up an operation there. A hangar and aircraft were purchased and service to the surrounding communities began.

1989

Peninsula Airways was contracted by Exxon to support the "Exxon Valdez" oil spill cleanup. Also, at this time, a contract was awarded to PenAir by Alaska Regional Hospital to provide 24-hour medevac service. PenAir operations were inspected and approved by Exxon Corporation, U.S. Office of Aircraft Services, U.S. Department of Defense, and 2 FAA NASIP "white glove" inspections.

1991

Peninsula Airways began doing business as PenAir and became a code-share and mileage plan partner with Alaska Airlines.

1996

PenAir transitioned to FAA Part 121 regulations, operating under both Part 135 and 121. PenAir was the first regional airline in the United States to make the 10-19 seat required conversion, including a dispatch department.

1997

PenAir acquired two Saab 340B aircraft and in 1998 moved into a new hangar/office complex in Anchorage, Alaska.

Today

PenAir is Alaska's second largest commuter airline, operating a fleet of 40 aircraft and providing scheduled service to 36 communities throughout Southwest Alaska. PenAir was the second airline in the state to receive the Medallion Shield Award.

Fleet

PenAir Grumman Goose
As of October 2007 the PenAir fleet includes:

PenAir is one of the very last airlines in the world to operate the venerable Grumman G-21A Goose on scheduled flights. The amphibious aircraft is still used to resupply remote coastal locations where no land-based airstrip exists.

Destinations

PenAir operates scheduled service to the following destinations in Alaska (as of July 2009):
  1. Akutanmarker (KQA) – Akutan Seaplane Basemarker
  2. Anchoragemarker (ANC) – Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airportmarker (Hub)
  3. Aniakmarker (ANI) – Aniak Airportmarker
  4. Atkamarker (AKB) – Atka Airportmarker
  5. Chignik Baymarker (KCG) – Chignik Bay Airport
  6. Chignik Lagoonmarker (KCL) – Chignik Lagoon Airportmarker
  7. Chignik Lakemarker (KCQ) – Chignik Lake Airportmarker
  8. Cold Baymarker (CDB) – Cold Bay Airportmarker (Hub)
  9. Dillinghammarker (DLG) – Dillingham Airportmarker (Hub)
  10. Dutch Harbormarker / Unalaskamarker (DUT) – Unalaska Airportmarker (Hub)
  11. Egegikmarker (EGX) – Egegik Airportmarker
  12. Ekwokmarker (KEK) – Ekwok Airportmarker
  13. False Passmarker (KFP) – False Pass Airportmarker
  14. Igiugigmarker (IGG) – Igiugig Airportmarker
  15. King Covemarker (KVC) – King Cove Airportmarker
  16. King Salmonmarker (AKN) – King Salmon Airportmarker (Hub)
  17. Koliganekmarker (KGK) – Koliganek Airportmarker
  18. Levelockmarker (KLL) – Levelock Airportmarker
  19. Manokotakmarker (KMO) – Manokotak Airportmarker
  20. McGrathmarker (MCG) – McGrath Airportmarker
  21. Nelson Lagoonmarker (NLG) – Nelson Lagoon Airportmarker
  22. New Stuyahokmarker (KNW) – New Stuyahok Airportmarker
  23. Nikolskimarker (IKO) – Nikolski Air Stationmarker
  24. Perryvillemarker (KPV) – Perryville Airportmarker
  25. Pilot Pointmarker (PIP) – Pilot Point Airportmarker
  26. Port Heidenmarker (PTH) – Port Heiden Airportmarker
  27. Port Moller / Cold Baymarker (PML) – Port Moller Airportmarker
  28. Sand Pointmarker (SDP) – Sand Point Airportmarker
  29. St. Georgemarker (STG) – St. George Airportmarker
  30. St. Paulmarker (SNP) – St. Paul Island Airportmarker
  31. Togiakmarker (TOG) – Togiak Airportmarker
  32. Twin Hillsmarker (TWA) – Twin Hills Airportmarker
  33. Unalakleetmarker (UNK) – Unalakleet Airportmarker


Former destinations:
  1. Aleknagikmarker (WKK) – Aleknagik Airportmarker
  2. Bartletts / Egegikmarker (BSZ) – Bartletts Airport
  3. Big Creek (BIC)
  4. Blue Mountain (VBM)
  5. Cape Newenham (EHM) – Cape Newenham LRRS Airport
  6. Cinder Rivermarker (RCP)
  7. Clarks Pointmarker (CLP) – Clarks Point Airport
  8. Coffee Point (CFA)
  9. Painter Creek (PCE)
  10. Portage Creekmarker (PCA) – Portage Creek Airport
  11. South Naknekmarker (WSN) – South Naknek Airportmarker
  12. Ugashikmarker (UGB) – Ugashik Bay Airport
  13. Wildman Lake (EWD)


Dutch Harbor

PenAir (via a codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines) operates service to Unalaska Airport (commonly referred to as Dutch Harbor, or 'Dutch') utilizing the SAAB 340A/B turboprops. Scheduled service is commonly interupted by extremely harsh weather conditions including high winds. Take-offs from Dutch involve a stationary revving of the props and once clear of the mountain side security of the runway, the turboprop can be manhandled by the turbulent conditions.

Incident

On April 9, 2008 a Grumman G-21A Goose registered N471 was landing at Unalaska Airportmarker in the Aleutian Islandsmarker when an unexpected truck crossed the runway despite the runway warning lights (strobes) of incoming aircraft. The wheels of the Grumman G-21A Goose touched the roof of the truck and the plane tumbled onto the runway. The 9 people aboard the aircraft suffered only minor injuries and the truck driver was safe. The aircraft was badly damaged but not written off. The safety gates at the end of the runway had not functioned for some time and there was a reliance on the strobe lights to indicate incoming aircraft. Since that incident, fully functioning safety gates have been placed at far ends of the three (3) access roads to the runway access. Concerns still rest with traffic that gets 'stuck' in-between the safety gates after the gates are closed.

References

  1. " Contact Us." PenAir. Retrieved on July 16, 2009.
  2. PenAir.com
  3. http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=17401


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