PenAir to Become Subsidiary of Ravn Air Group

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A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the Emory University School of Law, David “Dave” Pflieger has held executive positions with airlines such as Virgin America, Delta Air Lines, Fiji Airways, and Silver Airways.

Since 2017, David Pflieger has led Ravn Air Group, one of the leading regional air transportation companies in Alaska. Recently, the owner of Ravn Air Group, J.F. Lehman & Company, received approval to purchase the assets of PenAir, an Alaskan airline.

In October 2018, the sale was approved by the court that is handling PenAir’s bankruptcy proceedings. PenAir filed for bankruptcy protection in the previous year.

At a bankruptcy auction, J.F. Lehman & Company made the winning bid to purchase PenAir’s assets for $12.3 million. PenAir will become a subsidiary of Ravn Air Group, where it will continue to operate as a separate company with a separate operating certificate.

In order for the deal to become final, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation must approve the purchase. The transaction is great news for PenAir, local communities, and residents of Alaska, as it will save thousands of direct and indirect jobs, ensure vital service to communities served by each carrier, and it will allow seamless travel and expanded service throughout the State.

Ravn Air employs approximately 1,000 workers, operates 400 flights per day, and has partnerships with major international airlines such as Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines.

PenAir, which was founded by Orin Seybert in Bristol Bay in 1955, has established itself as one of the leading air transportation companies in Alaska over the past six decades. In addition to serving six cities across the southwest part of the state and down the Aleutian Islands, the company is known for its safety record, its strong relationship with the Seafood industry, and as the first regional airline in Alaska to receive certification from the FAA for its Safety Management System (SMS).

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Supersonic Stories: GE’s Newest Engine

Any business professional knows that, in order to stay relevant and successful, one must keep his or her thumb on the pulse of their respective industry. I thoroughly enjoy learning as much as I can about new practices, methods and technologies that affect my industry, directly or indirectly. That is precisely why I wanted to highlight GE’s brand new supersonic engine.

The supersonic jet has been retired for quite some time, but as I’d discussed in previous blogs, it is making something of a comeback. Travelers want to get from point A to point B in record time; in order to do that, we must revive the notion of supersonic travel. Well, luckily, GE and a handful of aviation companies are looking to do just that.

GE, in association with Lockheed Martin and Honeywell, is working on a supersonic jet engine that could power the aviation industry into the future. Dubbed the Affinity, the new engine is set to power the Aerion AS2 supersonic jet. According to reports, GE is keeping a tight lid on the new engine, but the company boasts that the Affinity can function at a max of 60,000 feet and, most importantly, will keep the noise down and adhere to the multiple sound requirements enforced by various countries and territories.

As is the case with most of today’s new technology, the Affinity will be monitored and controlled by a computer known as a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). These FADECs are quite popular in the aviation industry. As of now, the Aerion is scheduled to make its maiden voyage sometime in 2023, so there is still quite some time for GE and company to perfect the engine.

I am incredibly excited about the ability to travel by plane at supersonic levels. As a professional in the industry who’s constantly traveling, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to cut down the commute time by a few hours. I truly hope that GE can deliver on their promises and make the Affinity one of the greatest supersonic engines the aviation industry has ever seen. I will keep you updated on this story as it develops.

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2018: Year of the Business Jet

2018 will be a memorable year for many, for a myriad of reasons.For aviators and those in the aviation industry, it will be remembered for the sheer amount of business jets that were released. That’s right, 2018 is seemingly the year for the business jet. This year has seen 6 brand-new jets release, and the world’s elite have taken notice. As an aviator and professional in the aviation industry, I absolutely love seeing what features and abilities aircraft manufacturers can come up with, and this year has been a doozie.

With that being said, I figured I would highlight some of the standout jets and point out some of their most enticing features.

Bombardier Global 6500

The Bombardier features one of the year’s most striking designs, with a double-winged tail that’s sure to catch anyone’s eye almost immediately. It can also travel quite the distance, with a maximum range of 7,595 miles; that’s 690 miles further than its predecessor, all thanks to the brand-new Rolls-Royce-manufactured engine. It also features some of the swankiest amenities you could ask for, including a Nuage chaise that can be converted into a luxurious bed, and a high-definition entertainment system, complete with a high-speed Internet connection.

Bombardier Global 7500

The Bombardier Global 7500 (the step up from the 6500) is one of the best private jets any business person can buy. While its eccentric amenities are certainly welcome (i.e. the club suite, master suite, entertainment lounge and kitchen) the 7500 truly stands out with its power and efficiency. The 7500 can travel a maximum range of 8,861 miles (that’s 1,266 miles more than the 6500). The jet’s only downside is its steep price tag of $72.8 million, however, if you’re in the market for private jets, the extra range and comfort are certainly well worth the price bump.

Cessna Citation Longitude

While the Cessna Citation Longitude can’t compete with either of the previous entries’ range or amenities, it can offer certain comforts that the Bombardier series of jets simply can’t. More specifically, the Citation’s cabin is one of the quietest cabins in its class. If you’re looking for a reliable, quiet and affordable (relatively speaking) jet, then look no further than the Citation Longitude.

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Ravn Air Announces 2018 Permanent Fund Dividend Sale

 

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US Air Force veteran and former B52 pilot David “Dave” Pflieger possesses more than three decades of experience in the aviation sector. As a CEO and senior executive at six different airlines, David Pflieger now serves as President and CEO of Ravn Air Group, Alaska’s largest regional local air carrier, based in Anchorage, Alaska.

On September 22, 2018, Ravn Air launched its 2018 permanent fund dividend sale. For the second year in a row, the annual promotion offered discounts for Alaska residents flying to local destinations served by Ravn Air from mid-October to mid-May.

This year, the sale presented Alaskans with an opportunity to save on flights for business — as well as family-related travel occurring from October 10, 2018; during the end-of-year holidays; and until May 14, 2019. Alaska residents also saved even more as Ravn FlyAway Rewards members. Rewards members received a unique, one-time 25 percent off code for travel between destinations served by Ravn Alaska.