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Kenai acquires third P2012 Traveller
Experience having proven that the P2012 Traveller is the right aircraft for its commuter operations and for the Alaska landscape, Kenai has taken delivery of its third unit.
The Alaska-based operator takes delivery of its third P2012 Traveller.

Kenai Aviation has added a third Tecnam Traveller to its fleet. The Alaska-based charter, sightseeing and flight training provider introduced the first P2012 Traveller in 2022 with N212US, which entered scheduled service to provide daily flights to three south central Alaska communities out of Anchorage, namely Kenai, Homer and Valdez. Just one year later it accepted the delivery of its second, tail number N244US, which boosted operations by doubling frequencies, and allowing it in just 24 months to introduce a third.

In 24 months of operations, the first year with just one aircraft and the last 12 months with two, the company has seen remarkable results; over the course of 7,652 flights and 4,992 flight hours it has flown 28,278 passengers and 28,926lb of freight.

The perfect match between the proven Tecnam P2012 Traveller design and the close-knit Kenai team has led to a successful operation despite the harsh and extreme operating environment of Alaska. Customer satisfaction, onboard comfort and space, and high dispatch reliability have made it the aircraft of choice for short haul operations in the Anchorage area. This third aircraft acquisition allows Kenai Aviation to again boost frequencies and better serve local Alaskan communities.

The Traveller, which comfortably seats nine passengers with one or two crew, is a new generation, turbocharged, twin-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft. The addition to Kenai Aviation's fleet provides customers with cost-effective and diverse configuration options, while still delivering on premium interiors, in-seat power, superior legroom and under-seat stowage.

The aircraft's TKS de-icing capabilities and robust design allow Kenai to provide reliable and on-time service to communities in Alaska's challenging weather environment.

CEO and owner Joel Caldwell says: "Our third P2012 is the proof we have found the aircraft that is perfectly suited for our commuter markets in the state of Alaska. The P2012, designed specifically to meet the needs of our scheduled commuter markets in south central Alaska, has exceeded our expectations."

Francesco Sferra, Tecnam P2012 and special mission platform sales and business development manager, adds: "Tecnam is proud to deliver this third aircraft to Kenai Aviation. It is not only a further step ahead in the service provided by the Kenai company to the local community, but it also attests to the P2012 Traveller's capabilities in the extremely cold weather environment of Alaska and its ability to fit easily any business plan."

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