Alaska Seaplanes Overview

  • Juneau, AK
  • 51 to 200 Employees
  • 1997
  • Company - Private
  • Airlines
  • Unknown / Non-Applicable

Alaska Seaplanes is the premier commuter airline of Southeast Alaska. Operating from a hub in Juneau, Alaska Seaplanes serves the markets of Skagway, Haines, Gustavus, Hoonah, Kake, Klawock, Sitka, Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Pelican, Elfin Cove and Excursion Inlet on a year-round ...
Mission: Alaska Seaplanes strives to provide safe and reliable transportation while delivering a high standard customer experience with highly trained and empowered employees.

Alaska Seaplanes - Why Work With Us?

The company was founded in 1997 by Craig and Aral Loken.  The Lokens grew up in aviation with Juneau Air Taxi (later Channel Flying), a pioneering Alaska aviation company founded by Craig's father Ken Loken in the 1950s which eventually became the largest seaplane operator in the world.

In 2011, the Lokens sold Alaska Seaplanes to former Wings of Alaska managers Mike Stedman and Kent Craford.  The next year the partners expanded into the wheel plane market with the acquisition of Air Excursions, a long-time Gustavus based air taxi company founded by Steve Wilson and later owned by veteran pilot/mechanic Mike Loverink.  In the Spring of 2013, the two sister companies united their operations under one brand--Alaska Seaplanes.  The company carries passengers, freight, US mail and UPS shipments and also offers charter flights throughout Southeast Alaska, Canada and the Pacific NW.

Alaska Seaplanes' owner Mike Stedman was born and raised in Sitka.  He was formerly the President and long-time Director of Operations for Juneau-based Wings of Alaska.  In addition to now owning and operating Alaska Seaplanes, Mike is currently a shareholder in Wings Airways, the employee-owned tour company operating turbine DeHavilland Otters from downtown Juneau.  A pioneer in aviation safety, Mike also serves as past-President of the Alaska Air Carriers Association, as a board member of the Medallion Foundation, and member of Governor Walker's Aviation Advisory Board. Stedman was an early promoter of Alaska's Medallion Foundation safety program and led both Wings of Alaska and Wings Airways to become two of the first Part 135 airlines in the state to achieve the Medallion "Shield" status. 

Stedman's business partner Kent Craford was the founding President and CEO of SeaPort Airlines, the sister company of Wings of Alaska.  Craford pioneered the concept of business commuter service outside of TSA jurisdiction with a route between Portland, Oregon and Seattle's Boeing Field.  Craford left SeaPort/Wings of Alaska in November 2009.  Stedman left the company in early 2010.



  • 1 x Cessna 208A Caravan, with the 900 h.p. Texas Turbines “Supervan” conversion
  • 3 X DHC-2 DeHavilland Beaver
  • 2 x C206 Cessna 206


  • 4 x Cessna C208B Grand Caravans, with the 900 h.p. Texas Turbines “Supervan” conversion, all equipped for IFR operations 
  • 2 x Pilatus PC-12 
  • 2 x C207 Cessna 207 

Alaska Seaplanes utilize ADS-B avionics technology, a significant safety tool allowing pilots to fly with a moving GPS map which continually depicts the plane's proximity to terrain and other aircraft. The company is headquartered in Juneau, employs up to 180 people and operates year-round. 

Alaska Seaplanes Reviews

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"Good equipment and awesome flying"

Dec 4, 2018 - Line Pilot in Juneau, AK
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Management and operational personal are conservative with the weather and not known to push pilots out the door in the quick changing weather conditions. The equipment is maintained well and if you


Longer days in the winter season than the summer season due to the lack of pilots, but more time in between flights most days so it balances out.
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