An Alaska airline filed for bankruptcy because of a significant drop in business following the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak returning passengers to the air.
An Airline Restructuring: Ravn Alaska will take to the Skies Again!
Ravn Alaska began again operating flights to six Alaska communities last Friday, November 13th, and then will began regularly scheduled public chartered flights.
Tickets are available for flights between Anchorage and Unalaska, Sand Point, Homer, Kenai and Valdez. Ravn Alaska CEO Rob McKinney has said.
Employing more than 1,300 people and serving more than 100 communities across the street, RavnAir Group had previously the largest rural carrier in Alaska.
Airline RavnAir Filed for Bankruptcy Because of the Pandemic and Now Fortunes Have Changed Again for the Better!
In April, the company halted operations. It laid off staff and filed for bankruptcy because of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, the company operated more than 400 flights daily with a fleet of 72 aircraft. Yet after the outbreak of the pandemic, passenger traffic decreased by more than 90%.
Presently, the company is now under new ownership and management.
A pilot with experience flying in Alaska, McKinney was part of a group that acquired some of RavnAir Group’s assets in August for $9.5 million. This included several de Havilland Dash-8-100 aircraft.
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FLOAT Shuttle, a Southern California air taxi that purchased the RavnAir assets. McKinney also help to launch it.
More than 300 employees are rehired by Ravn Alaska for the relaunch, the company said in its statement.
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“There are a lot of familiar faces back at Ravn. We are proud to rehire this crew. Then provide jobs to so many Alaskans that are experts in their field,” McKinney said in the statement. “They know the routes, the passengers, and community needs that are critical in making the airline responsive, dependable and safe.”
Limited to four round-trips per week between Anchorage and other communities, there will be public chartered flights. McKinney said on Wednesday, November 11th.
“It gets us in the air quicker, but on a limited basis,” he said.