Peninsula Airways is planning to upgrade its fleet to serve Unalaska later this year. President Scott Bloomquist is seeking to acquire the Saab 2000 aircraft. This type can carry 45 passengers compared to the 23 that PenAir can accommodate now; there is also more room for luggage and fuel.  Without the need to stop to refuel, the trip between Unalaska and Anchorage will be reduced to 45 minutes Bloomquist says even larger planes — like the Bombardier Q400 — wouldn’t have been economical on the route.

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