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About Us

STAR Marianas Air is a U.S. Regional Commuter Airline serving the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.  We offer scheduled flights from Saipan to Tinian; from Saipan to Rota; and from Rota to Guam.  Additionally, passenger and cargo charter flights can be arranged.

Our Name
Fleet & Service Expansion

The "S.T.A.R." in STAR Marianas Air comes from the first letter of the islands of Saipan, Tinian, Aguiguan, and Rota.

Initial Certification

Founded in 2008, STAR Marianas Air (S.M.A.) received initial certification from the FAA as an On Demand Air Carrier effective April 1, 2009 with our first flight occurring on April 2, 2009; a charter between Tinian and Saipan.

In 2010, we expanded our fleet by adding three Cherokee Sixes, bringing the total number of aircraft operated to six.

 

On May 4, 2011, we began operating cargo charters to the island of Rota, and in July 2011, we extended our cargo charters to Guam.

 

In February 2013, we introduced our first Navajo Chieftain and started offering passenger charter flights to the islands of Rota and Guam.

 

In June 2014, we received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct scheduled passenger and cargo services throughout the Mariana Islands. We subsequently launched scheduled flights from Saipan to Tinian and Saipan to Rota.

 

By 2016, our fleet had grown to 11 aircraft (five Navajo Chieftains and six Cherokee Sixes), and we employed 115 people. On average, we operated nearly 200 flights per day between the islands, making us one of the busiest carriers in the Pacific in terms of total flights.

 

In October 2018, the islands of Tinian and Saipan were devastated by the damaging winds of Super Typhoon Yutu. Anticipating the storm's arrival, all company aircraft were either sheltered in our hangar on Tinian or flown to Guam, and all survived the storm. Within 24 hours of the storm's passing, STAR Marianas Air began flying thousands of pounds of relief goods and supplies to Tinian. Despite a completely destroyed terminal building on Saipan, we operated from a tent and transported more than 3,000 passengers and 200,000 pounds of cargo within three weeks after the typhoon.

 

In 2019, we celebrated our 10th year in operation.

 

In January 2020, we were honored to be featured in a CNN business traveler article.

 

In January 2022, we received approval from the United States Department of Defense Commercial Airlift Review Board and became a DOD Approved Air Carrier.

 

In April 2024, we celebrated 15 years of connecting the Marianas, having completed over 600,000 landings and carried over 1,000,000 passengers.

Our Home(s)

We operate from the Saipan Commuter Terminal on Saipan, from the international airport terminals on Tinian and Rota, and from the Light Aircraft Commuter Facility on Guam.

 

Our corporate offices and base of operations is located at Hangar One on West Tinian International Airport on the beautiful island of Tinian.

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