Alpine Air Express
IATA ICAO Callsign
5A AIP ALPINE AIR
Founded1971; 53 years ago (1971)
Hubs
Fleet size68
Destinations72
Parent companyAE Industrial Partners [1]
HeadquartersProvo, Utah, United States
Key people
  • Michael Dancy (CEO)
  • Bob Frisch (COO)
  • Kevin Wade (CFO)
Websitealpine-air.com
Alpine Air Beechcraft 1900D

Alpine Air Express is an American airline based in Provo, Utah.[2][3] It operates scheduled and chartered air cargo services on over 100 routes throughout Utah, Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Colorado.

History

The airline was established in 1971 and received its Air Carrier Certificate in 1979. It originally operated scheduled passenger and cargo services, aircraft maintenance and a flight school with passenger services being discontinued in 1999.[4]

While Alpine Air was performing scheduled passenger operations in the 1980s and 1990s, it served the following cities in Utah, Colorado, and Nevada:

Some cities were served by Scenic Aviation and Castle Valley Aviation, on-demand charter services operating on behalf of Alpine Air. [5]

In 2001 the company began their shift towards a larger cargo presence with their first public trade of stock and their first Beech 1900 being placed into service. It was this same year which they commenced operations out of their new Provo facility.[4]

The airline tried to establish Alpine Air Chile,[6] in an attempt to enter Chile's air freight market. The project was not successful and was discontinued in 2005, with three Beechcraft 1900C being re-integrated into the US fleet.[7]

Alpine Air Express now currently only operates CFR Part 135 scheduled and chartered[8] cargo operations.

Fleet

Alpine Air Express Beechcraft 99 at Jackson Hole Airport

The Alpine Air Express fleet includes the following aircraft.

Aircraft In fleet
Raytheon Beech 1900C 30
Raytheon Beech 1900D 22
Beechcraft Model 99 14
Beechcraft Super King Air 1
Cessna 208 Caravan 1
Total 68

Acquisition and Expansion

As of May 2019 AE Industrial Partners acquired majority interest in Alpine Air Express. Alpine CEO Michael Dancy stated "AEI is a perfect partner for us given their deep industry knowledge and experience working with unique, growing platforms throughout the aviation marketplace, we look forward to our partnership with AEI as we enter our next chapter of growth and execute on key strategic initiatives."[9]

In April 2020 Alpine Air Express purchased assets of the defunct Great Lakes Airlines which included 27 aircraft and various parts, engines, propellers and ground support equipment. Included are 25 Beech 1900D aircraft that are to be converted to cargo use through their "Super Freighter" Supplemental Type Certificate.

In December 2022 Alpine Air Express acquired Suburban Air Freight, another CFR Part-135 cargo airline based in Omaha, NE .[10] Suburban Air, like Alpine, has a majority Beech 1900 fleet allowing for easy integration of maintenance and operations.

Incidents

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In October 1992, an Alpine Air PA-42 deviated off course and crashed into a mesa in Grand Junction, Colorado, while operating as an airtaxi flight. There were three fatalities: the pilot and two passengers.

August 2004 – While operating a Billings to Kalispell, Montana, flight for the US Postal Service, the Beech 99 crashed into Big Baldy mountain, located near Great Falls. Two crewmembers died.[11][12]

January 2008—An Alpine Air Raytheon Beech 1900 crashed into the Pacific Ocean on a cargo flight between Honolulu International Airport and Lihue Intl in Hawaii. This crash claimed one life: the pilot of the aircraft.[13][14][15]

May 2008—Upon departure from Billings, ATC instructed the Beech 1900C to turn left. The Part 135 cargo plane slowly turned right and crashed into a warehouse nearby. Witnesses say the plane was inverted prior to the crash which claimed the life of the single pilot on board.[16][17]

In February 2010, a cargo door came unlatched on an airborne Alpine Air Express Beech 99 carrying mail from Billings, to Kalispell, Montana, at about 1:30 a.m. The plane was about 40 miles (64 km) north of Lewistown, Montana, when the pilot noted a light on the instrument panel had come on, indicating the door was unlatched. Because there was about 3,000 pounds (1,400 kg) of mail cargo in between the pilot and the door, he couldn't close it. Because the door is located below the plane's airstream, even when open it wouldn't compromise the ability to fly and land the plane.[11]

References

  1. ^ https://www.aviationnews-online.com/cargo/ae-industrial-partners-acquires-majority-interest-in-alpine-air-express/ AE Industrial Partners acquires majority interest in Alpine Air Express
  2. ^ "ABOUT". alpine-air.com. Alpine Air Express. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Route Map". Wix. June 5, 2023. Retrieved June 5, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "About". Alpine Air Express. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  5. ^ Alpine Air timetable April 1, 1992
  6. ^ Alpine Air Chile code data at planespotters.net
  7. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. March 27, 2007. p. 74.
  8. ^ "Join Us | Alpine Air". Alpine Air Express. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  9. ^ Partners, AE Industrial. "AE Industrial Partners Acquires Alpine Air Express". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  10. ^ Express, Alpine Air (December 30, 2022). "Alpine Air Express acquires Suburban Air Freight". Aero Crew News. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  11. ^ a b "Cargo door opens on mail plane mid-flight to Kalispell". missoulian.com. Billings Gazette. February 25, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  12. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 99 Airliner N199GL Neihart, MT". aviation-safety.net. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  13. ^ "Hawaii mail plane crashes, pilot missing". the.honoluluadvertiser.com. The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  14. ^ Sullivan, B. N. (January 22, 2008). "NTSB reports on Alpine Air crash in Hawaii". Aircrew Buzz. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  15. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 1900C-1 N410UB Lihue, HI". aviation-safety.net. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  16. ^ Johnson, Clair (May 22, 2008). "Mail plane crashes near Main Street in Billings; pilot killed". The Billings Gazette. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  17. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 1900C N195GA Billings-Logan International Airport, MT (BIL)". aviation-safety.net. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 8, 2020.