Anchorage, Alaska – Ravn Air Group (“Ravn”), Alaska’s leading regional air transportation and logistics company, announced that, effective immediately, it has reorganized its senior management team and installed a simpler and more efficient leadership structure following its successful recruitment of some of the airline industry’s most seasoned and successful professionals.
Ravn’s leadership reorganization will simplify the Air Group’s multi-layered executive management by eliminating several senior roles, and replacing them with a single, group-level officer team that will oversee FAA-approved leaders as well as managing the company’s three separate airlines: Hageland Aviation, Corvus Airlines, and Frontier Flying Services.
The corporate reorganization and recruitment efforts were led by Dave Pflieger, Ravn’s recently-appointed president and CEO.
“Operating with a ‘one company’ mindset, instead of three, will turbo-charge Ravn’s ability to capitalize on the vast potential of Alaska’s transportation and logistics market, drive a safety-first and customer-focused culture, and help our team create a world-class airline,” said Pflieger.
Members of Ravn’s newly-constituted executive team are:
– Steve Jackson, Chief Financial Officer
– George Snyder, Acting Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Safety
– Len Sloper, Senior Vice President, Airports, Cargo and Real Estate
– George Nichols, Chief Information Officer
– Wendy Yow, Vice President, Human Resources
Rounding out the airline’s new executive team will be a Chief Commercial Officer, for whom the company is actively recruiting.
“Ravn has an Alaska-proud past tied to an incredibly bright future. While I have no doubt that our new world-class leadership team will take us to even greater heights, I also want to extend Ravn’s thanks to our outgoing executives from Corvus, Hageland and Frontier. Our company is extremely grateful for their hard work, dedication and assistance during this leadership transition. Mr. Jim Hajdukovich, Mr. Jim Hickerson, Mr. John Hajdukovich, and Mr. Walter Dallis, all played key roles in getting us where we are today,” said Pflieger.
Ravn Air Group is owned by investment affiliates of private equity firms J.F. Lehman & Company and W Capital Partners, with one of the company’s original founders, the Hajdukovich family, retaining a minority interest.
About Ravn Air Group
Ravn Air Group is a leading provider of regional air transportation and logistics services in Alaska. Headquartered in Anchorage and supported by over 1,000 employees, Ravn utilizes its fleet of over 70 aircraft to provide passenger, mail, freight, and charter customers air transportation and logistics services to over 100 destinations throughout Alaska.
William Walsh, Ravn Alaska William.Walsh@FlyRavn.com
About Steve Jackson
Steve, a former resident of Anchorage, Alaska for more than twenty years and a licensed CPA, has extensive experience in the aviation industry and has held CFO roles at four different airlines including Mesa Air Group, Reno Air, Hawaiian Airlines, and ERA Aviation which later became a part of Ravn. Throughout his career, Steve has demonstrated a tireless work ethic and proven track record of dramatically improving airlines and other organizations.
About George Snyder
Captain Snyder is a highly experienced airline pilot and airline safety executive who worked for U.S. Airways, Korean Airlines, and a number of other airlines around the world. He has over 12,000 hours of flight time in aircraft including the MD-80, B757, and B-767. His specialties in the airline industry are in operations, safety, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. He has been recognized for his contributions to global aviation safety by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Republic of Korea, and the International Air Transport Association
(IATA). Prior to joining Ravn, Captain Snyder was the Chairman and CEO of the GHS Aviation Group, one of only seven IATA accredited airline safety auditing teams in the world.
About Len Sloper
Len, who grew up in Juneau, Alaska, brings to Ravn over twenty-five years of aviation operations experience and has worked for major carriers and airports such Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Fiji Airways, and served as a consultant to the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Before leaving Alaska Airlines, Len was the General Manager of its Los Angeles station, the company’s second largest operation.
About George Nichols
George has nearly thirty years’ experience in information technology, infrastructure and operations, the last ten of which were at companies such as American Airlines, Envoy, Brinks, Cadbury Schwepps, and most recently, as Vice President of Information Technology at Hawaii Island Air, the wholly owned airline of Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle. George is also a decorated military veteran who served in the U.S. Army.
About Wendy Yow
A seven-year veteran of Ravn, Wendy has over twenty years of experience as an HR professional at different companies in Alaska. She has earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and an MBA with a focus in HR management. She also has CHRM and CELS certifications.
PFD Fare Sale
Save on flights throughout the Ravn Alaska network
- Kodiak to/from Anchorage as low as $129*
- Aniak to/from Anchorage as low as $199*
- Bethel to/from Anchorage as low as $109*
- Kenai to/from Anchorage as low as $69*
- Fairbanks to/from Anchorage as low as $79*
- St. Mary’s to/from Anchorage as low as $259*
- Kotzebue to/from Anchorage as low as $129*
- Unalakleet to/from Anchorage as low as $134*
- Valdez to/from Anchorage as low as $144*
- Galena to/from Anchorage as low as $229*
- Homer to/from Anchorage as low as $109*
*Fare Rules: Purchase by 11:59 pm (AKST) on October 10, 2017, and at least 21 days prior to travel. Travel valid daily from October 15, 2017 – May 9, 2018. Blackout dates apply: 11/20/17-11/22/17, 11/26/17-11/27/17, 12/14/17-1/8/18, 3/8/18-3/18/18 Bag fees may apply for checked baggage.
*Terms and conditions: Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. If nonstop service is offered during the advertised travel period, the advertised fare applies to the nonstop flights only. Additional fees apply to check more than two bags or overweight or oversized items. These fares are nonrefundable and are only available on flights marketed by Ravn Alaska for travel on Corvus Airlines and Hageland Aviation. A ticket purchased at a Ravn Alaska airport location or through one of our reservation call centers will cost $10.00 more per person than the advertised fare. Applicable fare and tax differences apply to any changes made after ticketing. Fares include U.S. government taxes and fees. All fares are in U.S. dollars and are subject to change without notice, and other restrictions apply. Some markets may not operate daily service. Some flights may be operated by or in conjunction with Corvus Airlines and Hageland Aviation.
PFD Commuter Coupon Booklet Sale
- Kotzebue to/from Buckland – $900**
- Kotzebue to/from Deering – $900**
- Kotzebue to/from Kiana – $900**
- Kotzebue to/from Noatak – $900**
- Kotzebue to/from Noorvik – $900**
- Kotzebue to/from Selawik – $900**
- Kotzebue to/from Ambler – $1800**
- Kotzebue to/from Kobuk – $1800**
- Kotzebue to/from Point Hope – $1800**
- Kotzebue to/from Shungnak – $1800**
- Nome to/from Brevig Mission – $900**
- Nome to/from Elim – $900**
- Nome to/from Golovin – $900**
- Nome to/from Teller – $900**
- Nome to/from White Mountain – $900**
- Nome to/from Gambell – $1800**
- Nome to/from Koyuk – $1800**
- Nome to/from Savoonga – $1800**
- Nome to/from Shaktoolik – $1800**
- Nome to/from Shishmaref – $1800**
- Nome to/from Stebbins – $1800**
- Nome to/from St. Michael – $1800**
- Nome to/from Unalakleet – $1800**
- Nome to/from Wales – $1800**
**Terms & Conditions: Commuter Coupon Booklets must be purchased from Ravn Alaska Kotzebue Station (907) 442-3020 or Ravn Alaska Nome Station (907) 443-2414. The individual commuter coupon special is only available to Ravn Alaska FlyAway Rewards Members. Sign up at flyravn.com or contact a customer service agent to enroll in this free loyalty program. Commuter Coupons are good for travel between Kotzebue and any Kotzebue hub community served. The Kotzebue Commuter Coupon Special will begin 9/1/17 and will end 9/30/17. Travel must be completed by January 10th, 2018.
For our frequent travelers, Ravn offers commuter coupon booklets. Each booklet contains eight one-way flight coupons that are good to use for up to one year from purchase. Coupon booklets offer flexibility in that they can be used by anyone, reservations can be made at anytime prior to travel as long as seats are available on the desired flight, and there are no change fees. The coupon booklets are available for travel between:
Anchorage and Kenai $800.00 per booklet
Anchorage and Homer $1100.00 per booklet
Anchorage and Valdez $1320.00 per booklet
Anchorage and Kodiak $2199.00 per booklet
The booklets can be purchased at any Ravn ticket counter. Please note that coupons are valid for travel for one year from date of purchase and are only valid for travel to or from Anchorage and the city purchased. Prices are subject to change without notice. Once purchased, commuter booklets are non-refundable. Commuter Coupon certificates must be in hand when traveling, as they need to be exchanged for the boarding pass. You may not turn in a commuter coupon booklet to one station, if the origin of travel is at another station (Example: You may not turn in a coupon in Kodiak for travel from Anchorage to Kodiak).
Sept. 9, 2017
Ravn Alaska announced this week that it would temporarily suspend scheduled Dash-8 service between Cordova and Anchorage beginning Oct. 1, with plans to resume seasonal service no later than May 1st, 2018.
“We are working closely with our passengers and the community of Cordova to reduce the impact caused by this seasonal schedule change,” said Ravn Alaska CEO David Pflieger. “We’re looking forward to reinstating this route in the spring.”
Ravn Alaska is aware of the impact these changes have on its passengers and is committed to ensuring all affected passengers will be provided alternative travel options. Passengers who have purchased a ticket to or from Cordova have been contacted by the Ravn Alaska Customer Relations Team. Affected passengers have been offered an alternative option on Alaska Airlines or a full refund. Concerned passengers may call the Ravn Alaska Customer Relations Team at (907) 266-8394.
About Ravn Alaska
Ravn Alaska serves the passenger, charter and cargo needs of over 100 communities throughout Alaska and proudly employs almost 1000 professionals. Passengers may participate in Ravn Alaska’s FlyAway Rewards program for all Ravn Alaska or Ravn Connect flights or accrue Alaska Airlines miles on select flights. For more information visit flyravn.com.
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William Walsh, Ravn Alaska
Ravn Alaska has implemented a $10 reservations booking fee and a $15 rewards booking fee for each transaction processed over the phone with our Statewide Reservations Office. To avoid these fees and to obtain the best value on fares offered by Ravn Alaska book your flight at flyravn.com. Passengers arranging travel on flights operated by Ravn Connect are exempt from this fee.
Ravn Alaska to host safety forum with national industry leaders
Anchorage, Alaska — Ravn Alaska will host a safety forum on Friday, July 14 at its hangar in its Ravn Alaska headquarters. Partnered with the Alaska Air Carriers Association, the forum will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and discussions will cover aviation safety topics including just culture, human factors and professional development opportunities.
National speakers hosting the forum discussions will be aviation industry experts Dave Prewitt, George Snyder and Pat Daily. Prewitt is the president of Dave Prewitt Consulting, a Florida-based firm specializing in improving safety culture and safety management system development. Snyder has 44 years of experience in the aviation industry and served as the vice president of corporate safety and regulatory compliance for US Airways, as the head of Korean Air’s corporate safety, aviation security and regulatory compliance department and is now the president and CEO of GHS Aviation Group. Daily is a managing and founding partner of Convergent Performance and the founder and president of Blue Threat Enterprises, two companies dedicated to reducing human error in high-risk industries. He has also instructed aeronautical engineering at the US Air Force Academy and managed projects at the Johnson Space Center for the International Space Station.
“Ravn Alaska is committed to developing effective safety management systems, professional training opportunities and ensuring that each and every employee continuously strives for excellence and attention to detail,” said Ravn Alaska Executive Vice President of Safety Bruce Joseph. “The 2017 safety forum will cover a broad range of topics and we are excited to share this opportunity with our employees and industry partners here in Alaska.”
The safety forum is a free event and an opportunity for aviation professionals, civil aviation authorities, educational institutions, business partners and many other industry professionals to hear about safety culture from industry leaders as well as learn about Ravn Alaska’s own safety advancements.
About Ravn Alaska
Ravn Alaska serves the passenger, charter and cargo needs to over 100 communities throughout Alaska and proudly employs more than 900 professionals. Passengers may participate in Ravn Alaska’s FlyAway Rewards program for all Ravn Alaska or Ravn Connect flights or accrue Alaska Airlines miles on select flights. For more information, visit www.flyravn.com.
William Walsh, Ravn Alaska
Seasoned aviation executive tapped to lead Ravn
Dave Pflieger to become president and CEO; Bob Hajdukovich to become vice chairman of the airline’s board
Anchorage, Alaska – Ravn Air Group (“Ravn”), a leading provider of air transportation and logistics services in Alaska, announced today that it has tapped one of the airline industry’s most experienced executives to grow Alaska’s largest airline. Dave Pflieger will join Ravn as its new president, chief executive officer and member of its board of directors. Bob Hajdukovich, the airline’s current president and CEO, will be elevated to vice chairman of the board. Both new positions will be effective August 8, 2017.
Alex Harman, chairman of Ravn’s board of directors, congratulated Hajdukovich on his new role and welcomed Pflieger to the airline when announcing the news.
“Ravn’s ability to attract an industry veteran as highly respected as Dave is a testament to Bob and Ravn’s dedicated team of some 1,000-strong aviation professionals. The board and I are confident that Dave’s award-winning operational, safety and customer service record, coupled with his reputation for fostering an employee-focused culture, will take Ravn to new heights. Bolstered by a strengthened leadership bench and other planned investments, we believe that Ravn will be uniquely positioned to capitalize on the vast potential of Alaska’s robust transportation and logistics market. In short, Dave is a great addition to Ravn, and I have no doubt that his experience growing and improving companies in the aviation industry will make our airline even greater. It’s an exciting time for our company,” Harman said.
“I am honored to join the Ravn team,” said Pflieger. “Ravn’s large fleet of aircraft and its dedicated and impressive team of professionals play a critical role serving Alaskan communities, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone to expand and improve our capabilities for the benefit of our customers, industry partners, Alaska and its residents.”
Ravn Air Group is owned by private equity firms J.F. Lehman & Company and W Capital Partners as well as one of the company’s founders, the Hajdukovich family.
“One of the many reasons that I was attracted to Ravn was a strong commitment by its owners to invest in the company and its people in order to strengthen its performance and make it one of the best regional carriers in the country. This is a unique airline with a very bright future,” said Pflieger.
Hajdukovich, in his new role as vice chairman of Ravn’s board of directors, will focus on long-term growth strategies, key business and community relationships and acquisition opportunities.
“It’s been an honor to lead Ravn, and we are fortunate to have the unique opportunity to augment the current team with an executive of Dave’s experience and caliber. Forged by the progress we’ve made together, I’m confident it’s the right time for someone with Dave’s experience to join Ravn and to take our storied airline to the next level,” said Hajdukovich.
About Dave Pflieger
Pflieger brings over three decades of aviation experience to Ravn. His award-winning career includes prior positions as the CEO of Fiji Airways, Silver Airways and most recently of Island Air, Larry Ellison’s privately held airline in Hawaii. Pflieger was also a founding officer and senior executive at Virgin America, and held senior management roles in operations, safety and legal at Delta Air Lines. While at Delta, Pflieger was also a B757/767 and B737 pilot. Pflieger graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the United States Air Force as a B-52 instructor pilot and a C-130 pilot. He holds a JD (with distinction) and an MBA from Emory University.
For Dave Pflieger’s full bio please click here.
About Ravn Air Group
Ravn Air Group is a leading provider of regional air transportation and logistics services in Alaska. Headquartered in Anchorage and supported by its nearly 1,000 employees, Ravn utilizes its fleet of over 70 aircraft to provide passenger, mail, freight, and charter customers air transportation and logistics services to over 100 destinations throughout Alaska.
William Walsh, Ravn Alaska
June 1st, 2017
Corvus Airlines, Inc. d/b/a Ravn Alaska announced today its plans to begin the process of obtaining the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification. IOSA commits Ravn Alaska to being held to the highest standards of safety in the airline industry. Once achieved, Ravn Alaska will be the first and only Alaska-‐based airline to hold the certification.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) represents 265 airlines across the globe, 83 percent of total air traffic. Its mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry and drive a safe, secure and profitable air transportation industry.
“We carry more than a million passengers and 41 million pounds of cargo each year and every passenger trusts us to get them safely to where they need to be,” said Ravn Alaska’s CEO, Bob Hajdukovich. “At Ravn Alaska, safety is our highest priority; we’re constantly making improvements to our safety procedures at every stage of our operation.”
IOSA is an internationally recognized standard that assesses an airline’s operational management and control systems. IOSA-‐certified airlines are held to the most stringent rules and practices for aviation safety. There are 34 other airlines in the United States that are IOSA certified and registering for IOSA certification is a non-‐mandated choice for carriers. Once Ravn Alaska is certified, it will be included in the IOSA registry.
We can’t wait to see you on board this summer! Ensure a smooth trip on your next mainline flight with us by considering the below checklist concerning travel between Anchorage and Aniak, Bethel, Cordova, Deadhorse, Fairbanks, Homer, Kenai, Kodiak, Kotzebue, St. Mary’s, Unalakleet, and Valdez.
If checking in at the airport, Ravn Alaska requires check-in at least one hour prior to scheduled flight departure time, during the summer season.
Ravn Alaska has a 30-minute final check-in cutoff policy however we encourage 40 minutes if checking baggage.
For mainline flights carry-on items 14 inches long by 10 inches wide by 18 inches deep will accepted. Carry-on items may not exceed 20 lbs.
Ravn Alaska may not be able to accommodate carry-on baggage that other carriers can. Please stop by our ticket counter or utilize our baggage sizer to ensure your bag will be accommodated on board our aircraft.
If traveling to remote locations in Alaska we encourage you to reach out to your connecting regional hub to confirm carry-on limitations. Please see below for regional hub contact information.
First 2 pieces: FREE
When making connections to another carrier, you will be subject to the fees of the most significant carrier’s rules. For example, if you are connecting from any Ravn Alaska flight to Alaska Airlines from Anchorage to Seattle or beyond, Alaska Airlines’ baggage rules and fees will apply as they are the largest portion of your journey.
When checking more than 2 items, the additional items will be loaded on a standby/space available basis and handled in accordance with voluntary separation baggage rules. Additional fees may apply.
Transporting your Alaska seafood or game
Have containers packaged and sealed before you get to the airport. TSA will inspect your containers in Anchorage.
Avoid additional baggage charges by keeping each container under 50 pounds.
Cold storage is only available at Ravn Alaska Anchorage station.
Due to high volume during the fishing season, we encourage you to bring in your packaged fish between 12 and 24 hours before your flight if you are traveling from Kenai, Kodiak, Homer, or Valdez.
Cannabis: While cannabis is legal to consume in the State of Alaska, all Ravn Alaska flights are operated under federal law and cannabis is still illegal under that law. Passengers may not transport any amount of cannabis on a Ravn Alaska operated flight. Ravn Alaska employees will not take or hold any cannabis on behalf of a passenger.
Travel in Rural Alaska
Village travel protocol differs from our mainline service. Flying to and from villages is centralized out of regional hubs. Our regional hubs house the aircraft used to service each region and are responsible for the day to day flying schedules.
We encourage you to reach out to one of the below regional hubs for questions or concerns regarding upcoming travel to remote locations in Alaska.
- Aniak (907) 675-4572
- Barrow (907) 852-8333
- Bethel (907) 543-3800
- Deadhorse (907) 659-9222
- Fairbanks (907) 450-7200
- Galena (907) 656-1875
- Kotzebue (907) 442-3020
- Nome (907) 443-2414
- St. Mary’s (907) 438-2246
- Unalakleet (907) 624-3595
Ravn Alaska has recently added new selections to its in-flight menu, offering passengers even more options while traveling on the regional carrier. Ravn Alaska’s selection of GoPicnic® snacks are ready-to-eat meals featuring rotating combinations like beef salami with asiago cheese and beef pepperoni with asiago cheese.
As always, passengers flying with Ravn Alaska have the option to choose from a complimentary beverage list or the cash-only wine and local brew selection. Alaskan Amber®, Alaskan Summer Kölsch Style®, and Alaskan Icy Bay IPA® will be available on every Dash-8 flight throughout summer 2017.
For the full menu, visit https://www.flyravn.com/on-board/.
Travel between Kotzebue and Anchorage from $131.00* each way!
*Terms and Conditions: Fares are one-way, non-refundable and based on select flights and days. Travel valid through April 30, 2017. 7-day advance purchase required. Fare sale ends March 31st, 2017. Fares listed are subject to fare differences and change fees. Certain restrictions apply.