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Ravn Alaska
Ravn Alaska logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
7H RVF RAVEN FLIGHT
Commenced operations1948 (as Economy Helicopters)
Hubs
Secondary hubs
Frequent-flyer programFlyAway Rewards
SubsidiariesRavn Connect
Fleet size73 [1]
Destinations92 [2]
Company sloganBringing Alaskans Together
Parent company Corvus Airlines
Headquarters Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Key peopleDave Pflieger (CEO & President) [3]
George Snyder ( COO & VP)
Steve Jackson( CFO) [4]
Derek Shanks ( CCO) [5]
Employees900+
Website www.FlyRavn.com
Logo under former name Era Alaska

Corvus Airlines d.b.a. Ravn Alaska is a regional airline that specializes in serving the small communities in the US state of Alaska. The airline is headquartered in Anchorage, which is also home to the primary hub for Ravn, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Corvus Airlines operates all of its flights using the Ravn Alaska brand. The company pronounces its name Ravn like the bird, Raven.

Hageland Aviation Services and Frontier Flying Service, the sister airlines of Corvus, also fly under the Ravn brand as Ravn Connect. Hageland Aviation Services operates scheduled passenger flights for Ravn Alaska, while Frontier Flying Service operates cargo and charter services.

Ravn has a partnership with Alaska Airlines, allowing passengers to book codesharing flights and allowing passengers on most Ravn flights to earn miles in Alaska's Mileage Plan frequent-flyer program.

History

An Era Alaska de Havilland Dash 8-100 operated by Era Aviation, 2008
A Ravn Alaska Beechcraft 1900C (N575Q) in Nome, Alaska.

Corvus Airlines traces its roots back to 1948 and the founding of Economy Helicopters. The company was founded by Carl Brady, when he flew the first commercial helicopter to Alaska to work on a mapping contract for the U.S. government.

In the years that followed, Economy Helicopters renamed itself Era Helicopters and the company saw most of its business by supporting offshore oil drilling. Era's helicopters supported the efforts to build the Alyeska Pipeline and it was during the construction of the pipeline that the company started its fixed-wing division with DeHaviland Twin Otter and Convair 580 aircraft. [6]

After the construction of the pipeline, Era saw an opportunity to scheduled passenger service, which first started in May 1983. The Convair planes were used for service to Valdez, Kenai, Kodiak, Cordova, and Homer. The Twin Otter fleet was based out of Bethel and operated service to many of the small communities surrounding it.

In 1988, Era Helicopters formally changed its name to Era Aviation.

The company endured a very turbulent transition between December 2004 and December 2006, which saw several changes in ownership, the spinoff of the Era Helicopters division,[ citation needed] and the company entering and emerging from chapter 11 bankruptcy. [7]

In early 2009, HoTH Inc., the holding company that owned Hageland Aviation Services and Frontier Flying Service, purchased Era Aviation. [7] However, Era Helicopters was not part of the acquisition and instead became an independent company. [8] In October 2009, HoTH Inc. also acquired Arctic Circle Air Service, a local cargo airline. [9] The combined air group rebranded itself as Era Alaska, taking advantage of Era's recognizable name. [10]

In January 2014, the companies were renamed once again in what the company says was an effort to decrease confusion and distinguish it from other companies that are named Era, [11] including the independent Era Helicopters. [8] The combined air group Era Alaska was renamed Ravn Alaska, [12] Era Airlines was renamed Corvus Airlines, [13] and while Hageland Aviation Services and Frontier Flying Service would keep their names, they both now operate as Ravn Connect. [14]

In August 2016, the New York-based J.F. Lehman and Co. acquired a majority stake in Ravn while the remaining shares were retained by Bob Hajdukovich, then CEO of the company. [12]

Ravn Alaska purchased all of the aircraft and other owned assets of Yute Air on March 5, 2017, as the latter shut down, taking over the Yute Air routes. [15]

In January 2018, Ravn Alaska gained from the Federal Aviation Administration approval for a safety management system similar to those implemented by larger airlines in the country. [16] [17]

Fleet

The Ravn Alaska fleet includes the following aircraft (as of May 2016): [1]

Ravn Alaska fleet
Aircraft Total Seats Notes
Beechcraft 1900C 8 (5-Era Aviation 3-Hageland Aviation) 9–19 One for cargo
Beechcraft 1900D 3 (3-Era Aviation) 19
de Havilland DHC-8-100 10 (8-Era Aviation) 29–37
Cessna 207 Stationair 20 (20-Hageland Aviation) 6
Cessna 208 Caravan 15 [18] 0–9 One crashed on November 29, 2013 [19]
Cessna 180 Skywagon 1 (1-Hageland Aviation) 5
Piper PA-31 Chieftain 8 (8-Hageland Aviation) 8
Reims-Cessna F406 Caravan II 4 (Ravn Connect) 9 Operated by Hageland Aviation
Short 330 Sherpa 2 (2-Arctic Circle Air)
Cargo configuration, operated by Arctic Circle Air Service
Total 71

Formerly operated

Destinations

Ravn Alaska offers scheduled service to over 100 Alaskan cities and communities. [20] Among Ravn's newest destinations is regular routes to the Bristol Bay area, the first new destination for the airline in six years. [21] The inaugural flight from Dillingham and King Salmon to Anchorage took-off on February 16, 2018. [22]

Media appearances

Beginning on January 14, 2011, Discovery Channel's Flying Wild Alaska showcased Era Alaska's daily operations. It aired until July 20, 2012, totaling 31 episodes over three seasons. [23]

Accidents and incidents

  • November 8, 1997 – Hageland Aviation Flight 500 was a Cessna Caravan 675B crashed. After the NTSB report, investigators determined there were multiple causes of the crash, including icing, weight imbalance and pilot error. [24] The accident killed all 8 passengers and crew on board.
  • December 9, 2002 – During a Raytheon Pre-purchase Flight, a Beechcraft 1900C crashed after running into a mountain in western Arkansas. The accident killed all 3 pilots on board, including Ron Tweto, President of Hageland Aviation Services.
  • January 6, 2011 – A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan passenger plane, registered N715HE, sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Kipnuk Airport, AK (KPN), USA. None of the four passengers or two crew members were injured. The airplane operated on Hageland flight 161 from Bethel Airport, AK (BET) to Kipnuk Airport, AK (KPN).
  • October 23, 2013 – A Beechcraft 1900C, operated by Era Aviation experienced a landing gear failure and slid to a stop on its belly at the Homer Airport. No injuries were reported. [25]
  • November 29, 2013 – Four people were killed when Flight 1453 crashed near the village of St. Mary's. Among the fatalities were the pilot, Terry Hanson, 68, and three residents of Mountain Village: Rose Polty, 57, Richard Polty, 65, and Wyatt Coffee, five months old. Six more passengers were injured. The flight originated from Bethel. [26]
  • August 31, 2016 – A Ravn Connect Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX collided with a Renfro's Alaskan Adventures Piper Super Cub during a flight from Russian Mission Airport to Marshall Airport in Alaska. The five people on board the two aircraft lost their lives. [27]
  • October 2, 2016 – Three people were killed when a Ravn Alaska Cessna 208B crashed near Togiak, Alaska. There were no survivors. [28]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Fleet" (PDF). Ravn Alaska. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ravn Alaska Routes" (PDF). RavnAlaska.com. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Leadership Shuffle At Ravn Air". KYUK. July 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Ravn Alaska, under scrutiny after fatal crash, gets new management". Anchorage Daily News. October 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Ravn Alaska begins daily service to King Salmon, Dillingham". Aviation Tribune. February 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ravn Alaska History" (PDF). Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  7. ^ a b White, Bill (February 17, 2009). "Rivals to acquire Era Aviation". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  8. ^ a b Mondor, Colleen (January 4, 2014). "Era Alaska rebranding itself as Ravn Alaska". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  9. ^ Saul, Joshua (October 14, 2009). "HoTH buys Arctic Circle Air Service". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  10. ^ "HoTH Inc. Announces Rebranding OF Air Carrier Group". Alaska Business. December 1, 2009. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  11. ^ "Era Alaska renames itself Ravn Alaska". Juneau Empire. January 3, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  12. ^ a b McMurren, Scott (August 6, 2015). "Ravn Alaska sells majority stake to Outside private equity firm". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  13. ^ Grove, Casey (January 2, 2014). "Era's 'family of airlines' re-brands". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  14. ^ Matheson, Ben (January 7, 2014). "Era Alaska Changes Name To Ravn Alaska". Alaska Public Media. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  15. ^ Demer, Lisa (6 March 2017). "Yute sold planes and hangar to Ravn before it closed up". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  16. ^ Taylor, Victoria (January 14, 2018). "Ravn Alaska's safety management system gets FAA approval". KTUU. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  17. ^ "FAA Approves Ravn Alaska's Safety Management System". Aviation Tribune. January 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  18. ^ "Ravn Adds Aircraft to its Fleet". Visit Anchorage Alaska. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network.
  20. ^ "Destinations". Ravn Alaska. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  21. ^ Bedinger, Dave (January 19, 2018). "Ravn Alaska prepares for Bristol Bay routes". The Bristol Bay Times. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  22. ^ Lill, Avery (February 16, 2018). "Ravn begins flights between Bristol Bay and Anchorage". Alaska Public Media. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  23. ^ "Discovery Shows – Watch Now for FREE!". dsc.discovery.com. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  24. ^ "NTSB report: Fatal 1997 crash caused by ice, weight imbalance". JuneauEmpire.com. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  25. ^ Armstrong, Michael, FAA-NTSB investigate cause of Era crash Homer News, 10-30-2013
  26. ^ "4 killed, including baby, in western Alaska crash". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  27. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX N752RV Russian Mission Airport, AK (RSH)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  28. ^ Boots, Michelle (October 2, 2016). "Troopers: 3 dead in crash of small plane in Southwest Alaska". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved October 3, 2016.

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