For many Alaskans, travel by plane is essential for work, getting to medical appointments in the big city, or connecting with family in another part of the state. For visitors, plane travel helps maximize their limited time exploring the state, showcases spectacular views of the land, and gives an authentic peek into Alaskans’ air-centric lifestyle.
Regional air carrier Ravn Alaska is an aviation leader in Alaska, which is unique among states for its dependence on – and passion for – air travel.
Ravn Alaska’s network offers flights to major Alaska cities such as Anchorage and Fairbanks, along with off-the-beaten path destinations throughout the northern and western parts of the state. Check Ravn’s route map for the most current options.
Fly on a DeHavilland Dash-8 to and from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Homer, the Emerald Isle of Kodiak, Valdez (with access to Prince Williams Sound), Kotzebue (visit the Arctic Circle and remote national parks), Dillingham (go in July to see the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery in full swing), and Unalakleet (experience the thrill of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March or the bounty of a remote fishing lodge in July).
Fly from Utqiagvik/Barrow to Kaktovik for polar bear viewing in the fall. Fly from Unalakleet to Nome for Iditarod festivities in March.
The Ravn Alaska experience
When you fly Ravn Alaska, you get to know Alaska from a decidedly local perspective. The overall experience is more intimate, as you’re sitting in a much smaller aircraft – typically a DeHavilland Dash 8 – that seats a maximum of 37. On Ravn Connect flights, which are based in regional hubs and fly out to villages, the aircraft are even smaller, seating between 6-9 passengers. Get to know your neighbor, who might be an oil slope worker, an Alaska Native heading back to the village after doing business in Anchorage or Fairbanks, a student athlete on her way to a tournament, or an archeologist on a flight back from weeks of fieldwork.
Everything is more informal, from security procedures, to the boarding process (easy), and the friendly rapport between passengers and crew is evident. Ravn Alaska employees get to know their passengers, especially those commuting frequently. Some are even family members, as Ravn team members come from every community it serves. You’ll observe these relationships on display, highlighting the close connections Alaskans make even while living across a vast state.
Choosing to fly
Adding Ravn Alaska flights into your schedule will help you cut down on travel time so that you can enjoy exploring more parts of the state. Many visitors are surprised at how long it takes to navigate the road system, so incorporating even one flight can help you fit more in. We’ve got a list of suggested itineraries to consider as you think about what your schedule will allow.
Flying on Ravn Alaska provides another benefit: the view! You’ll fly at lower elevations, enjoying miles of wilderness scenes out your window. Depending on your destination, you may see glaciers, winding rivers, lakes, tundra expanses, rolling hills, flower-dotted valleys, and epic mountains – the most impressive of all being Denali.
In addition to scheduled passenger service, rural Alaskans count on Ravn for connections to the rest of the state. For travelers with unique destinations or time constraints, Ravn can arrange charters throughout Alaska and into Canada and the Lower 48. Gather a group of friends for a charter flight north to see the Northern Lights, or to Southeast Alaska to take in the sights of Glacier Bay.
Keep in mind that weather affects Alaska airline travel. Ravn Alaska puts safety as its top priority, so there can be delays or cancellations if conditions are not conducive. For this reason, it’s best not to pack your schedule too tightly on either end of your flight. Be sure to reserve a day at the end of your trip, so that you can make your flight out of state without complications.
Ask questions! Fellow passengers will be glad to share advice and insights into Alaska.
Don’t pass up the cookies! Regular passengers know just how good these oversized treats are, with chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and “monster” being the most popular. Ravn serves almost half a million each year!
More about Ravn Alaska
Ravn Alaska is the state’s largest regional airline, serving 115 communities and growing. With more than 400 flights departing every day, the airline is a vital connection point for Alaskans traveling to and from small villages, regional hubs like Kotzebue and Bethel, and urban centers like Anchorage and Fairbanks. Ravn Alaska planes deliver not only passengers, but U.S. mail, packages and essential supplies.
The company’s origins go back 70 years and include several local airlines that have come together under the Ravn Alaska brand. This moniker is a nod to the aerial talents of the iconic Alaskan raven, its ubiquity throughout the state, and its importance in Alaska Native culture.