Comprised of little more than a roughly 3,300-foot-long runway, an apron, and a small terminal, rural airports ensure year-round access to residents and tourists and keep communities supplied with goods, equipment, and other everyday essentials.
Governor Mike Dunleavy said, “Alaska is open for business and with nearly $1 billion of developments planned for ANC, we expect this economic hub for the state to keep growing.”
Northern Air Cargo General Manager Gideon Garcia shares his insight on how UAA’s aviation programs are supporting the state’s workforce and businesses.
This March, Alaska Airlines is scheduled to start welcoming guests on its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Currently, Alaska Airlines don’t have a MAX in its fleet, but expects delivery of the first plane in January, followed by several more throughout 2021.
In Alaska, construction for the Municipality of Anchorage’s $6 million 2020 Merrill Field Airport Improvements Rehabilitate Primary Access Road project is scheduled to begin in May 2021 and expected to be complete in October 2021.
Ravn Alaska is operating under new ownership and preparing to get back in the air with a new leadership team: CEO Rob McKinney, President Tom Hsieh, Chief Compliance Officer Dan Kitchens, and Chief Financial Officer Jim Day, all of whom have years of experience in the aviation industry.
“If a helicopter company gets a call, it means they can’t use anything else,” says Ely Woods, general manager of ROTAK Helicopter Services, based out of Anchorage. “We can fit into smaller sites and we have vertical takeoff and landing capabilities—airplanes can’t go where helicopters can.”
The new facility will double the hangar space and add 6,600 square feet of office space, allowing for additional aircraft as well as training rooms for ongoing medical training programs.
Subject to Bankruptcy Court approval, the funds would be available to Treasury-approved bidders seeking to buy the entire air group in an upcoming Chapter 11 sale process.
Ravn Air Group has been approved by Honorable Brendan L. Shannon in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to move forward with their proposed bidding process for the airline to sell all, substantially all, or a substantial part of its assets.