US transportation and supply chain solutions provider Ascent Global Logistics has acquired Alaska-based regional Hageland Aviation Services.

Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.

In conjunction with the acquisition announcement, Ascent revealed the launch of a new air service provider within Alaska.

Named as Rambler Air, the provider will operate commuter flights, as well as passenger and cargo charters.

Ascent Global Logistics president and CEO Tom Stenglein said: “Rambler Air will provide a much-needed service to Alaskan communities and businesses.

“We enter Alaska with more than four decades of running USA Jet, a 121 and 135 certified airline, in the lower 48 states.

“We look forward to bringing our track record of safety, operational excellence and reliable service to Alaska.”

To be headquartered in Anchorage at Lake Hood, Rambler Air will complement Ascent’s Arctic On-Demand service.

Launched earlier this year, Arctic On-Demand is an air charter brokerage for both cargo and passengers across Alaska.

Rambler Air is expected to begin service early next year with eight Piper Chieftain Navajos and two Beechcraft 1900Ds.

The company is planning to recruit up to 45 people for professional aviation positions in Alaska.

Ascent executive chairman Chris Jamroz said: “Alaska’s economy relies on air services more than any state in the lower 48, making it perfect for Ascent’s proprietary air charter bid-board technology, which powers Arctic On-Demand.

“Now supported by our launch of Rambler Air and our acquisition of Hageland Aviation, Ascent will have one of the most comprehensive and customer-focused air offerings in Alaska.

“This is the first acquisition for Ascent as a standalone company, and we hope to make many more like this.”