With its first aircraft fully retrofit and ready to fly, Northern Pacific Airways is on the hunt for a destination market. The company is touring islands in the Pacific, hoping to find the right partners with which the service can take off.
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Northern Pacific Airways is taking a somewhat unusual approach to funding ahead of its expected launch later this year. The carrier is running an open call to unaccredited investors, hoping to boost its visibility in the market, as well as its cash balance.
Adding a new aircraft type to a fleet is a challenging task. Switching from props to jets is even harder. And adding international routes further ups the complexity. Northern Pacific is discovering many of these issues as it pushes forward with plans to fly to Korea and Japan from Anchorage, hopefully later this year.
With Northern Pacific aiming to launch trans-pacific flights via Anchorage later this year, what should passengers expect on board? Interiors work on the first aircraft is not yet complete, but the company shared some details on seating, entertainment, and dining options travelers can expect to see in service.
Can a pretty new paint scheme make the difference for Northern Pacific as it pushes forward with plans to connect Asia and the Lower 48 via Anchorage? Probably not, but the plane still looks good and CEO Rob McKinney is talking up the plans in more detail now.
Alaska’s Northern Pacific Airways (NPA) is pushing forward with its plans to launch transpacific routes from its base in Anchorage. The carrier purchased its first six 757-200 aircraft for the effort, with the first delivery expected “immediately.”
Last week news broke that commuter carrier Ravn Alaska plans a major shift to add long-haul operations via its Anchorage hub. Now it is clear that the company is serious about that play. It registered a trio of new trade names with the Department of Transportation to operate the new services.
The jump from small regional player in Alaska to long-haul, international airline is a major one. Recently recapitalized Ravn Alaska plans to do just that.