Flying Wild Alaska

THURSDAYS FROM 21ST APRIL, 9.00pm 

meet the unconventional family that rules Alaska’s most dangerous skies. Operating their family-run airline, Era Alaska, the Tweto family battles unforgiving weather and terrain to transport life’s necessities to one of the most remote and extreme regions of America. With no freeway system for hundreds of miles, Era Alaska is a lifeline for the isolated rural inhabitants of the Bering sea coastline, but where the roads end, life for the quirky Twetos begins. Wildly determined Jim runs his company with passion and looks to his tiny but fierce wife, Ferno, for support. she’s cargo runner, dispatcher and mum to their two daughters, Ayla and Ariel, who also play a vital role in the operation. 

Battling -40F degree winters and hurricane-like winds, the airlines intrepid pilots are among the best in the world, transporting champion snow dogs bound for the Iditarod race, medicine for sick children and groceries for miners working on the North slope. Valued at millions, Era Alaska handles everything from cross state commuter flights to tiny off-airport “bush” flights. Year round, Jim and his family are motivated by the fact that the livelihoods of thousands of people depend on their business and employees every day.

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1