Pacific Island Aviation

Pacific Island Aviation
Short 360 in 2004

Pacific Island Aviation (PIA) was an airline headquartered on the second floor of the Cabrera Center in Garapan, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.[1] It operated passenger and cargo services. Its main base was Saipan International Airport[2]. It suspended operations in February 2005 [3]


Former code Data

  • IATA Code: 9J
  • ICAO Code: PSA
  • Callsign: PACIFIC ISLE [4]


The airline was established in 1987 and began helicopter operations in August 1988. It secured commuter airline status in February 1992 and started operations as such on 21 March 1992. It became a codeshare partner with Continental Micronesia in December 1992 and took over flights to Guam, Rota and Saipan. In February 1995 Continental discontinued its service to Rota and Pacific Island Aviation began codesharing with Northwest Airlines, becoming a Northwest Airlink carrier in February 1998. It was wholly owned by Robert Christian [2].

After it discontinued service in Saipan, the airline attempted to re-start its operations, but base itself out of Texas, providing flights from Dallas to Lake Charles and Beaumont. It planned to operate as Tri-Star Airways.[5]


As of January 2005 Pacific Island Aviation operated the following services [2] :

(Services to Tinian International Airport on Tinian were suspended before the airline went out of business.)

Incidents and accidents

  • 27 October 1992 - Pacific Island Aviation Cessna 310R aircraft, at Saipan, two fatalities [6].


As of January 2005 the Pacific Island Aviation fleet included [2] :

  • 3 Shorts 360


  1. ^ "Contact." Pacific Island Aviation. April 6, 2004. Retrieved on September 1, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Flight International 12–18 April 2005
  3. ^ Aerosite retrieved 12 December 2006
  4. ^ Airline Codes retrieved 12 December 2006
  5. ^ "Defunct Pacific Carrier Eyes Texas Routes.(Pacific Island Aviation)." Regional Aviation News. May 30, 2005. Retrieved on September 17, 2009.
  6. ^ NTSB retrieved 12 December 2006

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