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Peninsula Airways (PenAir)
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1955
Secondary hubs
Frequent-flyer program Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Fleet size 16
Destinations 16
Company slogan The Spirit of Alaska
Headquarters Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Peninsula Airways, operating as PenAir, is an American airline headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska.[1] 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 Airport, with another hub at Boston Logan International Airport in Massachusetts.[2] PenAir currently has a code sharing agreement in place with Alaska Airlines with its flights operated in the state of Alaska as well as all of its flights in the lower 48 states appearing in the Alaska Airlines system timetable.[3]

In 2013 Penair received $6,363,008 in annual Federal subsidies for Essential Air Services that it provided to rural airports in Plattsburgh, New York and Presque Isle, Maine.[4]

PenAir Saab 340B


  • History 1
  • Fleet 2
  • Destinations 3
    • Alaska 3.1
    • Northeastern United States 3.2
    • West Coast United States 3.3
  • Community awareness 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Peninsula Airways was founded by Orin Seybert in 1955. Seybert 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 added. On March 1, 1965 Peninsula Airways became incorporated and purchased the fixed base operation in King Salmon.

In 1967, Peninsula Airways became a full-time subcontractor to Reeve Aleutian Airways, meeting Reeve's certificate obligations to Chignik, Perryville and Ivanoff Bay.

In 1969, Peninsula Airways acquired all assets of Tibbetts-Herre Airmotive, which had operated from Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor, Atka and Adak, with Grumman Super Widgeons.

In 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.

In 1980, the Civil Aeronautics Board awarded a Part 401 Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Peninsula Airways, and all aircraft operations were conducted under Part 135 of the Federal Air Regulations.

In 1983, Peninsula Airways acquired its first turboprop: 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 operate Essential Air Service routes to Atka, St. George and Kodiak Island.

In 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. A base was established in Anchorage with two Cessna Conquest turboprops offering charter service from Anchorage to the Pribilof Islands. Scheduled service from Anchorage to King Salmon and Dillingham was added a year later.

The first Fairchild Metro was put in service in 1987 and Metros remained part of the fleet until 2011.

In 1988, several bush operators in Dillingham had their certificates revoked by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), prompting Peninsula Airways to set up an operation there. A hangar and aircraft were purchased and service to the surrounding communities began.

In 1989, Peninsula Airways was contracted by Exxon to support the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. At the same time, a contract was awarded to Peninsula Airways by Alaska Regional Hospital to provide 24-hour medevac service. Peninsula Airways' operations were inspected and approved by Exxon Corporation, U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Aviation Services (OAS), U.S. Department of Defense, and two (FAA) NASIP "white glove" inspections.

In 1991, Peninsula Airways began doing business as PenAir and became a code-share and mileage plan partner with Alaska Airlines. PenAir transitioned to FAA Part 121 regulations in 1996, 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.

In 1997, PenAir acquired two Saab 340B aircraft and, in 1998, moved into a new hangar/office complex in Anchorage, Alaska. The airline commenced operations from Boston's Logan International Airport in 2012 after being awarded Essential Air Service routes from Logan to Bar Harbor, Maine, Plattsburgh, New York and Presque Isle, Maine.[5][6]


PenAir Grumman Goose

As of October 2015 the PenAir fleet consists of the following aircraft:

PenAir was among the very last airlines in the world to operate the venerable Grumman G-21A Goose seaplane on scheduled flights. This piston powered amphibious aircraft was used to resupply remote coastal locations where no land-based airstrip existed. On December 21, 2012, the last Grumman Goose made its last flight from Unalaska to Anchorage and was officially retired from the fleet.[8]

The airline also previously operated several turboprop powered aircraft types such as the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan and Cessna 441 Conquest as well as different Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner models including the Metro II, Metro III and Metro 23. Other previously operated piston powered aircraft included the Piper Navajo Chieftain and Piper Saratoga.[9]



PenAir operates scheduled service to the following destinations in Alaska (as of June 2012):[10][11]

  1. [10]
  2. Aniak (ANI) – Aniak Airport (to Anchorage)[10]
  3. Cold Bay (CDB) – Cold Bay Airport (to Anchorage) [10][11]
  4. Dillingham (DLG) – Dillingham Airport (to Anchorage) [10][11]
  5. Dutch Harbor / Unalaska (DUT) – Unalaska Airport (to Anchorage) [11]
  6. King Salmon (AKN) – King Salmon Airport (to Anchorage) [10][11]
  7. McGrath (MCG) – McGrath Airport (to Anchorage) [10]
  8. Sand Point (SDP) – Sand Point Airport (to Anchorage, Cold Bay)[10]
  9. [10]
  10. [10]
  11. Unalakleet (UNK) – Unalakleet Airport (to Anchorage, Aniak)[10]

Former destinations in Alaska:

  1. Akutan (KQA) – Akutan Seaplane Base (to Dutch Harbor) [11]
  2. Aleknagik (WKK) – Aleknagik Airport
  3. Atka (AKB) – Atka Airport
  4. Bartletts / Egegik (BSZ) – Bartletts Airport
  5. Big Creek (BIC)
  6. Blue Mountain (VBM) – Blue Mountain Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  7. Cape Newenham (EHM) – Cape Newenham LRRS Airport
  8. Chignik Bay (KCG) – Chignik Bay Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  9. Chignik Lagoon (KCL) – Chignik Lagoon Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  10. Chignik Lake (KCQ) – Chignik Lake Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  11. Cinder River (RCP)
  12. Clarks Point (CLP) – Clarks Point Airport
  13. Coffee Point (CFA)
  14. Egegik (EGX) – Egegik Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  15. Ekwok (KEK) – Ekwok Airport (to Dillingham) [11]
  16. False Pass (KFP) – False Pass Airport (to Cold Bay) [11]
  17. Igiugig (IGG) – Igiugig Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  18. King Cove (KVC) – King Cove Airport (to Cold Bay) [11]
  19. Koliganek (KGK) – Koliganek Airport (to Dillingham) [11]
  20. Levelock (KLL) – Levelock Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  21. Nelson Lagoon (NLG) – Nelson Lagoon Airport (to Cold Bay) [11]
  22. New Stuyahok (KNW) – New Stuyahok Airport (to Dillingham) [11]
  23. Nikolski (IKO) – Nikolski Air Station (to Dutch Harbor) [11]
  24. Manokotak (KMO) – Manokotak Airport (to Dillingham) [11]
  25. Painter Creek (PCE)
  26. Perryville (KPV) – Perryville Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  27. Pilot Point (PIP) – Pilot Point Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  28. Port Heiden (PTH) – Port Heiden Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  29. Port Moller (PML) – Port Moller Airport (to Cold Bay) [11]
  30. Portage Creek (PCA) – Portage Creek Airport
  31. South Naknek (WSN) – South Naknek Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  32. Togiak (TOG) – Togiak Airport (to Dillingham) [11]
  33. Twin Hills (TWA) – Twin Hills Airport (to Dillingham) [11]
  34. Ugashik (UGB) – Ugashik Bay Airport (to King Salmon) [11]
  35. Wildman Lake (EWD)

Northeastern United States

Using Boston's Logan Airport as a hub, PenAir also operates scheduled service to the following destinations in the northeastern United States (as of June 2012):[12]

  1. Bar Harbor, Maine (BHB) - Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (seasonal service to Boston) [12][13]
  2. Boston, Massachusetts (BOS) – Logan International Airport (Hub) (to Bar Harbor, Plattsburgh, Presque Isle) [12]
  3. Plattsburgh, New York (PBG) – Plattsburgh International Airport (to Boston) [12]
  4. Presque Isle, Maine (PQI) - Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle (to Boston) [12][13]

West Coast United States

Using Portland International Airport (PDX) as a hub, PenAir has announced plans to begin service to several cities in northern California and Oregon starting in September of 2015.[14] As of late July 2015, the only new destinations announced were Crescent City, CA (CEC), and Klamath Falls, OR (LMT).[15][16] However, as of October 2015, the only two destinations on the West Coast being served were:[17]

  1. Crescent City, California (CEC) - Del Norte County Airport (also known as Jack McNamara Field) (to Portland)
  2. Portland, Oregon (PDX) - Portland International Airport (to Crescent City)

Community awareness

PenAir, along with Bering Air, Frontier Flying Service, Grant Aviation, Northern Air Cargo, and Ryan Air, participates in the Flying Can service, which allows rural Alaskan communities to recycle aluminum cans and now number 1 PET bottles in cooperation with Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling.[18]

See also


  1. ^ "Contact Us." PenAir. Retrieved on July 16, 2009.
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines".  
  3. ^ Flight Schedules, Timetables
  4. ^
  5. ^ Lynds, Jen (May 21, 2012). "Alaskan airline to begin service in Presque Isle, Bar Harbor". Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine). Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Johnston, Katie (July 24, 2013). "Carrier PenAir links Logan to remote locales".  
  7. ^ Paulin, Jim (February 8, 2015). "PenAir to offer larger, faster planes for service to Unalaska".  
  8. ^ Flying Boat" Retires From PenAir Friday""". Channel 2 News. December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ photos of PenAir aircraft
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Mainline Schedule (Alaska)" (PDF). PenAir. February 29, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Air Taxi Timetable (Alaska)" (PDF). PenAir. October 21, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "East Coast Schedule". PenAir. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Alaskan airline to begin service in Presque Isle, Bar Harbor". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ "US DOT awards Crescent City EAS contract to PenAir". CHAviation. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^ destinations
  18. ^ Tuttle, Logan (16 June 2010). "Rural recycling finds a PET project". The Arctic Sounder ( 

External links

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