The airline commenced operating flights on 15 September, 1978. All its shares were owned by MAIR Holdings. Citing reasons like unexpectedly bad weather, low revenue, extremely high fuel cost and the loss of Delta contract, the airline ceased functioning On January 20, 2008. The airline had its headquarters in Billing, Montana. It flew to ten destinations and served as an important link to the state of Montana.
While Big Sky Airline was functional it maintained a hub in Billings Logan International Airport. The air carrier operating as contract carrier under the EAS (Essential Air Service) flew to several destinations. It covered destinations like Sheridan, Moses Lake, Walla Walla, Spokane, Wolf Point, Sidney, Miles City, Missoula, Lewistown, Portland, Kalispell, Havre, Helena, Great Falls, Glendive, Glasgow, Bozeman, Billings, Denver and Boise.
The airlines had also made attempts of increasing its potential by entering into code sharing agreements with other airlines. It had such agreements with Alaska Airlines, US Air ways and North West Airways. These agreements, gave the larger airlines the authority to place their airline codes on Big sky airline’s flights.
Big Sky Airline was merged with Lone Star Airline in 1998. It was at that time that Pilot Magazine chose Lone Star Airline for the Regional Airline Team Work Award. When the airline was operating flights, its fleet consisted of ten Beechcraft 1900D aircrafts.
Big Sky Airline Fare Structures and Big Sky Airline Flight Amenities
Big Sky Airline was a small one and had only 19 passenger seats. All the seats were in economy class and none of the aircrafts of this airline had business or first class seats. The seating arrangement was open in 1×1 arrangement.
Big Sky Airline Baggage Policy
The airlines baggage allowance rules were very flexible .Passengers were allowed to carry three check-in bags with one carry on, two check-in bags with two carry on and one check –in bag with two carry-on bags. All checked –in bags could not weigh more than 23kg or 50lbs.The dimensions of the carry-on luggage could not exceed 62 linear inches or 157 cm (length + breadth +width).
The airlines also allowed certain sports equipments, if they were properly packed as per the packing norms of the airline. Each piece could weigh a maximum of 32kg or 70lb.The prescribed linear dimensions were up to 292 cm (115 in) .The linear dimensions could not be more than 203cm (80 in) (l+ w+ b).
Big Sky Airline Rewards Program
The airlines had a frequent flyer program to reward its regular passengers.MVP Club program was designed to reward the frequent flyers. In order to become a part of this program a passenger had to buy at least 10 round trip tickets or 20 one way tickets. The program gave benefits like low cost tickets and several other offers.