I talked with Bob Hajdukovich over at Frontier Alaska the other day about how his company marshals the growth of three distinct air carriers: Era Aviation, Frontier Flying Service and Hageland Aviation.
Bob used the term “three sisters” and I liked it. Frontier Flying Service, based in Fairbanks, has provided service to the North Slope and to northwestern Alaska for decades. Destinations like Kaktovik, Galena and Ft. Yukon are part of their everyday itineraries.
Era Aviation, based in Anchorage, has just a handful of destinations served by 37-passenger Dash-8s or 19-passenger Beechcraft 1900s.
Hageland Aviation is an air taxi operator on steroids. It serves a multitude of small villages in western Alaska, with hubs in St. Marys, Aniak, Unalakleet, among others.
Today, these three airlines form a network that serves more than 100 destinations in Alaska. For travelers, it means there are more deals to places like Barrow and Bethel. It also means it’s easier to travel beyond Alaska because of technological improvements to ease ticketing and baggage transfers. And for frequent flyers, it means that you’ll be able to earn and redeem Alaska Airlines miles more easily.
Stay tuned for more specials as Thanksgiving approaches!
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