The new carrier won’t be flying to and from Unalaska until next March.
The new carrier, branded Aleutian Airways, is a partnership between Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes, Florida-based Sterling Airways and two venture capital firms.
Ravn said they expect the final sale of all of its assets to generate more than $55 million, far exceeding what the company anticipated.
Some 30 close contacts of Kake’s first COVID-19 patient have been cleared of the virus.
The airline plans to hire experienced Ravn and PenAir pilots and use aircraft that can fly direct from Anchorage.
Board member Angela Rodell says not committing a big chunk of the grant money to a capital project would give them flexibility and serve the most people.