Northern flights— Anchorage


PenAir was set up by a teenager as a lifeline for Alaska’s more remote communities. Today, it is the region’s second-largest commuter airline.

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In 1955, Orin Seybert, the 19-year-old owner of a 1946 two-seat Taylorcraft founded Alaskan PenAir. Having started by offering services to destinations neglected by the region’s commercial airlines, today it is Alaska’s second-largest commuter airline and is run by Orin’s son Danny. The company moved from Pilot Point to Anchorage in 1997 and also has bases at Dillingham airport, Unalaska airport, King Salmon airport and Cold Bay airport.

The airline operates a fleet of 40 and flies to 36 remote coastal communities in the vast highlands and water…

PenAir facts

Fleet: 40, including a nine-seat Grumman Goose G21-A, a 30-seat SAAB 340, a nine-seat Piper T-1040, and a Piper Saratoga, which accommodates five passengers.
Staff: 480 full-time.
Uniform: In winter, warm clothing is a necessity. Stewards wear navy trousers with white, blue and red shirts, scarf, trench coat and polar fleece vest or soft shell jacket.
Catering: Complimentary snacks and soft drinks are offered on all flights.
Entertainment: The airline carries Alaska Airlines’ in-flight magazine as well as Alaska Business Monthly and Fish Alaska.
Cabin design: All Saabs have leather interiors with two seats on one side and a single seat on the other.


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