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.
Fleet & Service Expansion
In 2010 we added 3 Cherokee Sixes to our fleet bringing the total number of aircraft operated to 6.
On May 4, 2011 we began operating cargo charters to the island of Rota and in July 2011 started cargo charters to Guam.
In February of 2013 we added our first Navajo Chieftain and began offering passenger charter flights to the islands of Rota and Guam.
In June of 2014 we received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct scheduled passenger and cargo service throughout the Mariana Islands and subsequently began scheduled flights from Saipan to Tinian and Saipan to Rota.
By 2016 our fleet had grown to 11 total aircraft (5 Navajo Chieftains and 6 Cherokee Sixes) and we employ 115 people. On average we operate 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 of 2018 the islands of Tinian and Saipan were devastated by the damaging winds from a direct hit by 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 storms passing Star Marianas Air began flying thousands of pounds of relief goods and supplies to Tinian. With a completely destroyed terminal building on Saipan, we began operations from a tent and within 3 weeks after the typhoon had transported more than 3,000 passengers and 200,000 pounds of cargo.
In 2019 we celebrated our 10th year in operation.
In January of 2020 we were honored to be featured in CNN's business traveler article found here.
In January of 2022 we received approval from the United States Department of Defense Commercial Airlift Review Board and are now a DOD Approved Air Carrier.
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.
The "S.T.A.R." in Star Marianas Air comes from the first letter of the islands of Saipan, Tinian, Aguiguan, and Rota.
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.