Aleutian Airways wins 2023 Best Startup Award 

[Anchorage, Alaska, July 5, 2023] — Aleutian Airways is excited to announce they have been named the Denali winner in the Best of Alaska Business awards’, Best Startup category. The Best of Alaska Business awards are organized and published by Alaska Business Magazine.

“We are humbled and immensely grateful to the communities we serve for choosing to honor us as one of the state’s best new businesses,” said Wayne Heller, CEO of Aleutian Airways. “In a remarkably short span of time, we have expanded our reach to serve five cities, and we are committed to further growth to support more communities and fellow Alaskans. None of this would be possible without our exceptional team, whose dedication to serving our guests and going above and beyond has truly set us apart. We thank our team members for their remarkable efforts and for helping us shine in a challenging and demanding environment.”

Aleutian Airways first launched service in November 2022, returning the Saab 2000 aircraft to the Aleutian Islands for the fastest nonstop service to Dutch Harbor. Since then, the airline has expanded to provide regularly scheduled flights to Sand Point and Cold Bay, with seasonal service through September 18, to King Salmon, Alaska. A full flight schedule can be found at

From everyone at Aleutian Airways, we thank those of you who supported this award—and support us day in and day out. We look forward to several more decades of providing you with safe, reliable air service in addition to providing the highest levels of customer service.

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About Aleutian Airways
Aleutian Airways, operated by Sterling Airways, is a joint venture between Wexford Capital and McKinley Alaska Private Investment, to answer the community’s need for airline service to the Aleutian Islands as well as other destinations throughout Alaska. Operating Saab 2000 aircraft Aleutian Airways is the Strongest Link in the Chain. More information can be found at

About Sterling Airways
Sterling Airways dba Aleutian Airways, a portfolio company of Wexford Capital LP, has the mission to set a new standard in aviation. Led by a team of experienced airline professionals, Sterling provides the highest level of safety, customer service and professionalism in the industry. For more information visit