The Patriot Express (PE) will start flying passengers between Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Mar. 7, 2020.
The PE, also known as the “Rotator” or “Cat B flight”, is a Department of Defense contracted commercial charter flight which provides international support to travelers on official duty and their families. The PE also provides Space-Available travel opportunities for eligible members. Flights between Andersen and Seattle will take place twice a month during a six-month Proof-of-Principle scheduled to begin in March. The route will include a servicing stop in Hawaii, but passengers and cargo are not expected to be permitted to on or off-load during transit at that location.
“The Patriot Express will provide a much-needed service to the military families on Guam,” said Mrs. Cindi Boswell, spouse to the 36th Wing commander. “Relying on commercial airfare during a PCS to Guam can be extremely expensive, especially if the family is going to be moving with pets.” This commercial charter flight is expected to help defray both government costs associated with PCS travel and personal costs of transporting pets.