America’s newest long-haul carrier Northern Pacific Airways has been a surprise entry into the market. Tom Batchelor spoke to CEO Rob McKinney at its launch and discovers what’s next for the start-up
Launching a new airline in the middle of a pandemic might sound like a fool’s errand but the team behind Northern Pacific Airways is adamant that now is the “perfect time” to set up shop. It plans to start operations by the end of 2022 with routes linking the east and west coasts of the United States with Asian cities – all via a base in Anchorage, Alaska. The model mirrors Icelandair’s hub-and-spoke network connecting Europe and the US, but for trans-Pacific journeys. In January Northern Pacific unveiled its first Boeing 757 aircraft and livery in a hangar at San Bernardino Airport in southern California.