Transportation in Alaska

June 11, 2012 - 1:35pm
Alaska Air Group Chairman Bill Ayer addresses the RTCA Symposium.

The first U.S. airline to fully equip its fleet and train pilots for GPS-guided required navigation performance (RNP) procedures has already seen “a decent payback” on its investment. “We’re hooked,” said Bill Ayer, chairman of Alaska Airlines parent company Alaska Air Group. “We think this is great technology because it has provided tangible benefits of improving safety and reliability and real financial return.”

May 7, 2012 - 4:10pm

The FAA wants to penalize Alaska Airlines $210,000 for allegedly failing to properly document and tag deactivated systems and equipment before making repairs.

The agency alleges that on 10 occasions between June 19, 2010, and January 13, 2011, Alaska performed maintenance on six of its Boeing 737 airplanes, but it failed to document the alternative actions it took and to install the appropriate danger tags.

September 30, 2010 - 6:58am

Seattle-based Horizon Air will end all its so-called “branded” flying under a plan to move to a 100-percent capacity purchase agreement (CPA) model starting January 1. As a result, Alaska Air Group’s other subsidiary, Alaska Airlines, will assume complete responsibility for managing Horizon’s route network, along with all the risk associated with marketing and selling seats on the airline’s fleet of ­Bombardier Q400 turboprops and CRJ700s.

September 29, 2010 - 11:21am

Max-Viz, the Portland, Ore.-area infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) manufacturer, and One Sky Aviation of Anchorage, Alaska, have teamed to offer a minimum 25-percent discount off the suggested retail price for Max-Viz EVS sensors (100/600/1500) and certified STC installation kits to Alaska Air Carriers Association and Alaska Airmen’s Association members for the remainder of this year in response to a recent spike in accidents. 

August 27, 2010 - 6:52am

The investigation continues into the cause of last month’s crash of a de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Otter turboprop-conversion floatplane in Alaska that killed five, including former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), and left four others seriously injured, including former NASA administrator and current EADS North America chairman Sean O’Keefe and his teenage son.

September 25, 2008 - 6:47am

The around-the-world helicopter speed record fell hard on August 18.

August 29, 2008 - 1:25pm

The around-the-world helicopter speed record fell hard on August 18.

August 29, 2008 - 10:23am

The FAA in late July issued an emergency order of revocation to LAB Flying Service of Juneau, Alaska, effectively shutting down the 52-year-old carrier, which served Alaskans with a fleet of Piper singles and twins, a Britten-Norman Islander and Helio Courier. The revocation order cited a number of discrepancies with LAB’s maintenance

August 6, 2008 - 9:30am

On July 24, the FAA issued an emergency order of revocation to LAB Flying Service of Juneau, Alaska, effectively shutting down the 52-year-old air carrier, which served Alaskans with a fleet of Piper singles and twins, a Britten-Norman Islander and Helio Courier.

July 11, 2008 - 6:32am

George Bagley, president and CEO of Horizon Air since 1995, has accepted the position of executive vice president of operations at Alaska Airlines, leaving the top post at Horizon to the airline’s former v-p of customer services, Jeff Pinneo. Bagley, 56, will report directly to Alaska Airlines president William Ayer, who recently became CEO as part of Alaska Air Group’s recent “comprehensive executive succession plan.”

 
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