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Aleutian Airways says they’re cleared for takeoff, but Dutch Harbor has to wait

Aleutian Airways
The airline would service Unalaska and other communities in the Aleutian Islands in Saab 2000 airplanes.

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Aleutian Airways to begin flying in Alaska, according to a statement from the airline Thursday morning.

They say they are cleared for flights to Cold Bay, King Salmon and Dillingham, but are still awaiting FAA approval to land in Dutch Harbor and Sand Point.

“We are excited to share that Aleutian Airways has successfully completed FAA proving runs and is now approved to begin flying in Alaska,” the statement said. “Chartered service will begin immediately, and an announcement on scheduled service and routes will be released this fall.”

When fully approved, the airline would service Unalaska and other Alaska communities with Saab 2000 planes, the same kind of aircraft involved in a fatal crash in Unalaska in 2019.

Aleutian Airways delayed its original 2021 launch, saying it was studying safety recommendations after that fatal crash, but says they have now successfully completed all FAA requirements to safely begin operations.

Theo Greenly reports from the Aleutians as a Report for America corps member. He got his start in public radio at KCRW in Santa Monica, California, and has produced radio stories and podcasts for stations around the country.