Ravn Alaska Takes Flight Again on Friday, November 13
Ravn Alaska CEO Rob McKinney.
Ravn Alaska will return to six Alaska communities this Friday, with regularly scheduled public chartered flights offered by Ravn Travel.
Tickets are now available for scheduled flights to and from Anchorage and Dutch Harbor, Sand Point, Homer, Kenai, and Valdez by calling 833-418-2360 or visiting ravntravel.com.
Ravn Alaska returns with an experienced new leadership team and ownership, resuming service to communities impacted by the former airline’s bankruptcy in April 2020. Since the purchase of Ravn Air Group’s assets in August, the airline has recruited and rehired more than 300 employees preparing to restore air service to communities across the state.
“There are a lot of familiar faces back at Ravn and we’re proud to rehire this crew and provide jobs to so many Alaskans that are experts in their field,” says Ravn Alaska CEO Rob McKinney. “They know the routes, the passengers, and community needs that are critical in making the airline responsive, dependable, and safe.
“We’re grateful for the communities that have reached out to support our launch and the employees that have returned to provide continuity in service. Dutch Harbor has had a critical need for air service, is a priority community, and its leadership has been instrumental in our return.”
Flight 8700 is the first Ravn flight scheduled to depart Anchorage for Dutch Harbor on Friday at 9 a.m. with a DeHavilland Dash-8-100.
Scheduled Ravn Travel chartered service is operated by Corvus Airlines, Inc. and will continue as Ravn Alaska awaits final US Department of Transportation approval of route authority.
“While we’re excited to get back in the air this week, the approval of a scheduled route authority is critical to our sustainability as an airline and will allow us to provide the level of services we expect of ourselves,” adds McKinney.
Ravn Travel’s charter service status does not allow for code sharing, rewards programs, and other benefits planned for with the eventual launch of Ravn Alaska.
“We’re ready and we’ve been ready, from the ticket agents to our ramps, maintenance teams and flight crews; we’re excited for this new era as Ravn Alaska,” shares McKinney.
A public comment period ended November 3 and the US Department of Transportation is expected to award route authority in the coming weeks.
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