Ryan Air Services

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Ryan Air, Inc.
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #UATA650A[1]
HubsAniak Airport
Bethel Airport
Emmonak Airport
Kotzebue Airport
Nome Airport
St. Mary's Airport
Unalakleet Airport
Fleet size20
DestinationsBush Alaska
Company sloganThe Tough Get Going.
HeadquartersAnchorage, Alaska,  United States
Key peopleWilfred P. Ryan Jr., President
CASA 212
Ryan Air's Pilatus PC-12 for passenger aircraft charter.
Company president Wilfred "Boyuck" Ryan (left) with Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Commissioner Leo von Scheben and Alaska governor Sarah Palin in May 2008.

Ryan Air, Inc. is an American airline that serves over 70 villages in Bush Alaska out of hubs in Aniak, Bethel, Emmonak, Kotzebue, Nome, St. Mary's, and Unalakleet. Offering primarily cargo services, Ryan Air also operates scheduled passenger service out of Aniak, and passenger or cargo charters throughout Alaska.[2]


Ryan Air was established in 1953 as Unalakleet Air Taxi by Wilfred Ryan Sr. as a charter airline. In 1960s, the company began handling USPS mail delivery and transportation of schoolteachers for the Bureau of Indian Affairs between communities along the lower Yukon River. In 1977, Wilfred P. Ryan Jr. took over the company after his father died of cancer.[3][4]

In the 1980s, the company expanded service beyond the Norton Sound and changed their name to Ryan Air. With a new fleet of Beech 1900s and Beech 99s, Ryan Air grew to the largest commuter carrier in Alaska by 1987, serving 85 cities and villages with a fleet of 28 planes.[3][4] However, a series of 12 accidents, culminating in a fatal crash in November 1987 that killed 18 of the 21 people on board, led the FAA to shut down the airline in January 1988.[5][6]

In the 1990s, Ryan Air converted to a cargo-only airline and changed their name to Arctic Transportation Services (ATS), adding CASA 212 cargo planes to their fleet. They changed their name back to Ryan Air in 2010.[3][4][7]

In 2011, Ryan Air began passenger charters out of Anchorage, using a newly acquired Pilatus PC-12.[2]

In 2014, Ryan Air resumed regularly scheduled passenger services out of Aniak, AK using their Cessna 207 aircraft.[8]

In 2015 Ryan Air acquired a 5th CASA 212.[2]


As of February 2017, the Ryan Air Services fleet consists of 20 aircraft, including 5 CASA 212-200s, 2 Saab 340s, 1 Pilatus PC-12, 1 Cessna 208 and 11 Cessna 207s:[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ a b c "Ryan Air | Alaska Bush Freight Carrier". ryanalaska.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ryan Air — History". Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  4. ^ a b c d "Event Celebrates Alaskans, Life in the Bush and a 'New' Ryan Air". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-04-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Witkin, Richard (31 December 1987). "F.A.A. Opens Inquiry on Alaska Commuter Airline - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  6. ^ "F.A.A. Shuts Down Alaska Commuter Airline - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. 31 January 1988. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  7. ^ "Nome becomes rural trash disposal hub". Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  8. ^ Angaiak, Samantha (14 May 2013). "Local Air Carrier To Begin Scheduled Passenger Service In Bush Alaska". KTUU. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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