Our History

RavnAir Group

For decades, RavnAir Alaska  has been connecting some of the Last Frontier’s most famous destinations, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Bethel, Cordova, Homer, Valdez, Kenai, Kodiak and beyond.

We are proud to offer scheduled service to more than 100 communities statewide. Our team of professionals on the ground and in the air has the history and experience to offer the highest level of customer satisfaction today — and for the future. We offer service for passenger groups and odd-sized cargo up to 6,000 pounds, and have charter authority for anywhere in our great state, Canada and the Lower 48.

Our History

Whether it’s Corvus Airlines, Hageland Aviation or Frontier Flying Service — combined, our companies have been flying here for about as long as Alaska has been a state. In fact, our operations and experience have grown right alongside the Last Frontier.

RavnAir Alaska (Corvus Airlines)

Corvus Airlines, formerly Era Aviation, began operations in 1948 as Carl Brady flew the first commercial helicopter to Alaska to work on a mapping contract for the U.S. government.

These small mapping routes grew over the years until scheduled passenger service took flight in May 1983. At that time, the company was wholly owned by Rowan Companies.

After a series of owners, Era Aviation was acquired by the parent company of Hageland Aviation and Frontier Flying Service in 2009 under the Era Alaska family umbrella. The addition of Era helped form the largest air group in the state by serving more cities and passengers with the largest airplane fleet in Alaska. Era’s scheduled regional passenger and cargo flights offer comfort, convenience and impeccable service, primarily using a combination of Bombardier Dash-8 and Beechcraft 1900D and 1900C aircraft.

Era Aviation changed to Corvus Airlines in 2014 during the Ravn Alaska rebrand. Corvus Airlines flies under the Ravn Alaska brand.  Because Corvus has the reservations systems to offer services of the other sister companies, the Ravn Alaska website and general marketing image is managed by Corvus.

Corvus Airlines flies schedules throughout the state of Alaska to over 100 destinations.  Corvus’ flights 3000-3999 are operated by Hageland Aviation as Ravn Connect.

RavnAir Connect (Hageland Aviation Services)

Founded in Mountain Village by Mike Hageland. A veteran of the Army European Command with experience as a flight engineer in Vietnam, Hageland began his Alaska operations in September 1981 with just one Cessna 180, which he used to transport passengers and cargo to the state’s smaller communities.

In 1982, Hageland added a C-207 to its operations as well as Tom Hawkins as a partner. The following year, Hageland Aviation Services became a corporation. Throughout the ’80s, the company added more aircraft, pilots and routes, including the Aniak, McGrath and Unalakleet, regions served by Ron and James Tweto. Into the 1990s, Hageland continued to expand, by obtaining a certificate to transport mail in addition to building hangars in Bethel, St. Mary’s and Kotzebue, with new bases eventually in Barrow and Nome.

At the end of the 20th century, Hageland continued to add planes to its fleet, including its first Cessna Caravan II.  While bulking its numbers to nearly 20 aircraft, the company maintained safety as a priority by becoming an active member in the Alaska Aviation Safety Foundation and the Alaska Air Carrier Association in 2000.

As in earlier years, the company continued its steady growth through the first decade of the new century, adding the Beech 1900C to its stable and relocating its headquarters to the former Reeve Aleutian Airways facility near Anchorage International Airport.

Today, Hageland operates over 50 aircraft ranging from Cessna 207s to BE1900Cs, under the brand Ravn Connect.

Frontier Flying Service

Retired Air Force Col. Richard McIntyre founded Frontier Flying Service in 1950, catering to Alaska bush communities, primarily around Fairbanks. The company provided charters throughout the state as well as mail service for Wien Air Alaska.

In 1974, Frontier was purchased by John Hajdukovich. The company continued to grow with its acquisition in 2005 of Cape Smythe Air Services, taking on that company’s equipment and infrastructure.

In 2008, the owners of Frontier Flying Service (John Hajdukovich) and the owners of Hageland Aviation (Mike Hageland and Jim Tweto) agreed to form a new parent company (HoTH). This action created the beginnings of an air group whereby the parent company could acquire companies that have synergies with each other and market the combined services under a common brand.

At the time Frontier combined its resources with Hageland in 2008, it was operating 13 B1900C aircraft under Part 121 along with eight Piper Chieftain aircraft, and employing 230 employees. Upon the acquisition of Era, Frontier moved its B1900C equipment to both Hageland and Era as appropriate to the mission and operation, that left Frontier specializing in Cargo only with a lone Short Brothers SH-30, “Sherpa” aircraft.  This aircraft charters throughout the system in addition to flying loads of outsized cargo and mail to the group’s scheduled destinations.

Frontier operates under the brand Ravn Connect.  Frontier does not operate any Era flight numbers as it operates cargo only and “on demand charters.”