About Dash Air Shuttle

Reimagining Regional Aviation

While Dash Air Shuttle, Inc is not a direct air carrier today, Dash Air Shuttle utilizes Backcountry Aviation (BCA) dba Dash to operate 'Dash' marketed flights.


As other regional carriers have reduced or eliminated flights in favor of larger aircraft and markets, Dash is building the platform to reestablish air service to smaller communities around the Northwest and beyond. These communities share similar characteristics: under 200 miles from Seattle, difficult to reach by car, geography, traffic or other means; and complements existing air service options today. These underserved communities will be linked with Seattle/Tacoma International Airport and complemented with flights to other regional airports in Washington state.

Dash is working with BCA to ultimately transition to next generation aircraft powered by electric propulsion. Electric propulsion will result in significant cost savings, allowing growth into new markets and other regional hubs (such as Portland International Airport after receiving DOT economic authority).


Dash Air Shuttle, Inc is led by Clint Ostler and a team of industry experts with over 100 years of combined airline experience. Clint co-founded Embark Aviation, an airline management and consulting service, overseeing both revenue management and market development divisions. Clint also has significant experience working with regional communities across Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Clint spent 16 years in a variety of positions at both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, including commercial oversight of the Horizon Air network.

Backcountry Aviation

Dash formed a strategic partnership with Backcountry Aviation, an Albany, Oregon based FAA Part 135 airline. Backcountry is a direct air carrier that manages the operational side of Dash marketed flights, including aircraft maintenance and flight operations, while Dash acts as the marketing and sales agent, managing all customer service, airport ground operations and commercial efforts.

Like Dash, Backcountry is managed by a highly skilled and experienced team of operational and maintenance experts. This includes operations and maintenance management experience at U.S. regional and major airlines.

Since flights are operated with a single crew member, common for air service of this type, Backcountry follow stringent FAA required safety protocol for flight operations. This includes advanced instrument requirements and a thorough flight training program.  In fact, the majority of our Backcountry's crew members are highly trained industry veterans with thousands of hours of flying experience.