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      Post #67987, posted on 08-24-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Interesting news for the changing times facing airlines in Alaska:

      PenAir in Bankruptcy Court for Chapter 11 Reorganization

      As many up here have noted, this seems to be a small-scale repeat of the MarkAir fiasco; PenAir broke out of their core Alaskan market and opened small hubs serving niche EAS routes in New England (primarily to Maine from KBOS), as well as KPDX and KDEN. The bankruptcy will see the shuttering of the Oregon and Colorado operations (with the exception of a single point-to-point KPDX-KCEC [Crescent City, CA] EAS route), though apparently the Northeast ops are doing well and are unaffected.

      Having met Danny Seybert (son of PenAir's founder Orin Seybert), he's not one to pull punches, and something tells me this will be a learning experience for the company. At a bare minimum it should bolster their core Alaskan ops, as their SAAB 340B fleet allocated to Outside routes will return to the state to complement both those already here as well as the SAAB 2000s that are far and away better rides than the endurance experience of spending three hours in a Swearingen Metro with no facilities (on a flight once operated by Reeve with the Electra and full service...).

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      Post #68004, posted on 08-25-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Sad to hear of PenAir's troubles and wishing them a healthy recovery; they have always impressed me as a true intra-Alaska airline, committed to serving the state's unique transportation needs (whereas the other major player serving smaller Alaska communities seemed, to me, more like a "carpetbagger" airline under the ownership of the early 2000s).

      Does PenAir, as alluded to above, currently operate Swearingen Metros on flight segments of 3 hours duration? If so, on which route(s)?

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      Post #68015, posted on 08-26-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      Does PenAir, as alluded to above, currently operate Swearingen Metros on flight segments of 3 hours duration? If so, on which route(s)?

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      No, not any more...They've standardized their "Mainline" fleet on SAAB aircraft, with a mix of 304B and 2000 models. That 3 hour tip was I believe their worst (IIRC it was a 2:59 block time), from PANC to PASD (Sand Point, in the Aleutians).

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      Post #70869, posted on 10-23-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Oy, an old thread, but in need of update...

      Two weeks ago the majority of PenAir's offerings for auction did in fact go to one entity: Corvus Airlines, the Outside owner of of Ravn Alaska. I'm trying to sort out what this may mean going forward, but for now at least both airlines are still operating independently. AS put in a half-hearted bid, only to maintain a presence without ultimate responsibility.

      As someone tied directly to these proceedings, albeit only as a passenger, I have to say this is a sad turn of events in Alaskan aviation. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that PenAir's ops will keep up with their usual standard--something I know with certainty the Seybert family would never compromise--and not be relegated to Corvus' subsidiaries scrap heap as others have been.

      There is an entire microcosm of the world's startup/consolidation/takeover/monopoly market at play here in just one state of the US, something I'm hoping to bring to print one day. In the meantime, I'm keeping fingers crossed that we'll all still move with deference to tradition, history, and above all the safety some operators uphold, and others willingly ignore in this great land of ours, close to the size of the entire United States west of the Rocky Mountains.

      For what it's worth...

      Rob in AK

      Look, I really don't care...Just get me out of Seattle and home to Alaska. I'll find my house from there.