The story of Wings Airways brings to life the romance and traditions of Alaska’s rich aviation history on the same waterfront that began Juneau’s floatplane businesses in the 1920’s. Experience, enthusiasm, pride, and drive are the essentials for Alaska bush pilots, and are the driving force behind the entire Wings Airways organization.
In 2002 an exciting prospect emerged for an exclusive group of employees of a locally owned Juneau airline. This group of dedicated professionals who had built and nurtured one airline used their extensive expertise to create another. With the purchase of the floatplane flightseeing portion of a commuter air service, Wings Airways Inc. took off. Wings Airways carries on the long tradition of locally owned and operated flights off the downtown harbor. Owners include Don Bach, Al & Jeffra Clough, Dan Corson, Michelle Donohue, Robert Jacobsen, Holly Johnson, Wayne Love, John Lucas, Erica Sjoroos, Mike Stedman, Rusty Shaub, Bruce Tice, Mike Thomas, Sam Wright & Nick Yurko.
This committed team has modernized the classic fleet by converting five DeHavilland Otter aircraft from piston engines to modern, quiet, reliable turbine power plants. These conversions added versatility and a very high degree of safety to the overall operation. They also provided the community of Juneau with a decrease in floatplane noise. Wings Airways has modified its DeHavilland Beaver floatplanes to make them better suited for flightseeing as well as added a brand new dock to the downtown Juneau seadrome. This level of investment shows a strong commitment to continuing the tradition of comfortable, safe, and reliable services to ourguests and community.
The combination of great passion and love for what they do will persist in driving this team as they continue to provide travelers from around the world the opportunity to board the classic DeHavilland floatplanes and discover firsthand the magnificence of Alaska’s vast wilderness and breathtaking glaciers.