Wright Air Service
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1967; 57 years ago (1967)
AOC #HYTA069A[1]
Operating basesFairbanks International Airport
Fleet size21
HeadquartersFairbanks, Alaska, United States
Key peopleMatt Atkinson
Lee Kenaston
Brett Carlson
Wright Air Service terminal building

Wright Air Service is an American commuter airline based in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States. It was established by Al Wright and started operations in 1967. It is located off the east ramp near the Fairbanks International Airport.[2] The president of the company was Robert Bursiel, but the company was recently bought out by a new owner in 2017.


Bob Bursiel, former president, started as a pilot for Wright's in 1968. As the company grew, more aircraft joined the fleet. Bursiel then became the owner of Wright's in 1982, changing the company's focus from game surveys, short fields, and Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction support, to carrying passengers and mail to the remote villages of Alaska.[3]


The Wright Air Service fleet includes the following aircraft:[4]

Plane Name Number in Operation Number of Passengers Cruise Speed (kn) Fuel Range (h) Load Limit (lb)
Beechcraft Bonanza 1 3 165 5 750
Cessna Grand Caravan 11 9 165 6 2000-2400
Cessna 206 2 4 125 5 900
Piper Navajo Chieftain 2 8 175 5 1400
Piper Navajo 1 6 175 5 1200
Helio Courier 4 3 110 5 750
Total 21

On 7 July 2020, Wright Air acquired 4 Cessna planes at Ravn Alaska's bankruptcy auction.[5]


Wright Air Cessna 208 Caravan loading at Fairbanks International Airport.
Wright Air Helio Courier unloading a rafting party.

Wright Air Service operates scheduled passenger flights to the following locations in Alaska (as of July 2020):[2]

  1. Allakaket (AET) - Allakaket Airport (to Bettles, Fairbanks)
  2. Atqasuk (ATK) - Atqasuk Airport (to Wainwright, Utqiagvik)
  3. Anaktuvuk Pass (AKP) - Anaktuvuk Pass Airport (to Bettles, Coldfoot, Fairbanks)
  4. Arctic Village (ARC) - Arctic Village Airport (to Fairbanks, Fort Yukon, Venetie)
  5. Bettles (BTT) - Bettles Airport (to Allakaket, Anaktuvuk Pass, Fairbanks)
  6. Coldfoot (CXF) - Coldfoot Airport
  7. Chalkyitsik (CIK) - Chalkyitsik Airport
  8. Deadhorse (SCC) - Deadhorse Airport (To Fairbanks, Nuiqsut, Utqiagvik)
  9. Birch Creek (KBC) - Birch Creek Airport (to Fairbanks, Venetie)
  10. Fairbanks (FAI) - Fairbanks International Airport (hub)
  11. Fort Yukon (FYU) - Fort Yukon Airport (to Arctic Village, Birch Creek, Fairbanks, Venetie)
  12. Galena (GAL) - Edward G. Pitka Sr. Airport (to Kaltag)
  13. Hughes (HUS) - Hughes Airport (to Fairbanks, Tanana)
  14. Huslia (HSL) - Huslia Airport (to Fairbanks, Hughes, Tanana, Ruby)
  15. Kaltag (KAL) - Kaltag Airport (to Nulato)
  16. Koyukuk (KYU) - Koyukuk Airport (to Huslia)
  17. Lake Minchumina (LMA) - Minchumina Airport (to Fairbanks)
  18. Nuiqsut (NUI) - Nuiqsut Airport (to Deadhorse, Utqiagvik)
  19. Nulato (NUL) - Nulato Airport (to Koyukuk)
  20. Point Hope, Alaska (PHO) - Point Hope Airport (to Point Lay, Utqiagvik)
  21. Point Lay, Alaska (PIZ) - Point Lay Airport (to Point Hope, Utqiagvik)
  22. Ruby (RBY) - Ruby Airport (to Fairbanks)
  23. Tanana (TAL) - Ralph M. Calhoun Memorial Airport (to Fairbanks, Hughes, Huslia)
  24. Utqiagvik (BRW) - Wiley Post–Will Rogers Memorial Airport (hub)
  25. Venetie (VEE) - Venetie Airport (to Arctic Village, Birch Creek, Fairbanks, Fort Yukon)
  26. Wainwright (AIN) - Wainwright Airport (to Atqasuk, Utqiagvik)

Wright Air Service also provides charter service.


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ a b "Wright Air Service". Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Wright's History". Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Aircraft available. Wright Air Service. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ravn sells off dozens of small planes to Alaska companies". www.alaskapublic.org. Retrieved 2020-07-08.