Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Seaplanes Co-owner Mike Steadman joined Juneau Chamber of Commerce officials on Action Line Tuesday to talk about his company's plans to commence round trip service between Juneau and Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory.
He said they are waiting for Canadian authorities to issue a foreign operators certificate to operate scheduled flights into Whitehorse. Steadman said they hope to have that authority in hand by May and start the service mid-month.
The fare they plan to charge is still pending. Steadman said it would work in the rest of their route structure. The Klawock fare is currently $299 for a flight that takes a little over an hour. He points out that Whitehorse is a little closer.
The plane that will be flown on the route is a PC 12 that is built in Switzerland at a cost of $3 Million. Steadman said its a pressurized, single engine, nine passenger aircraft. It cruises at over 300 miles an hour at 29,000 feet which Steadman said means it can fly above the weather. They were initially spurred to buy the aircraft because of their flight to Klawock since the weather on the outside coast can be nasty, according to Steadman.
In addition to the positive reaction in Juneau, Steadman said the reaction in Whitehorse to their plans has also been overwhelming. He said that's according to Carl Ramseth, another company co-owner,who is now in Whitehorse promoting their plans.
Chamber President Richard Burns believes its an exciting development for Juneau. He added its a good thing when international commerce is created.