New Pacific Airways CEO Rob McKinney Departs Effective Immediately

Two parked New Pacific Airlines aircraft.
Photo Credit: New Pacific Airways

New Pacific Airways and Ravn Alaska have announced the departure of CEO Rob McKinney. McKinney’s decision to step down stems from a difference in vision with the airline group’s ownership and Chairman.

The step down for the lead position will now take place with immediate effect.

“Leading the revival of Ravn Alaska from bankruptcy and launching America’s newest Part 121 airline has been an incredible privilege,” McKinney said.

“Our partnerships with Boeing and other outstanding companies and individuals were instrumental in bringing our vision to life.”

“However, there are times when aligning visions becomes impossible. Building an airline is a collaborative effort, and I’m incredibly grateful to the dedicated team that achieved what many thought unachievable.”

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Legacy of Success: New Pacific Airways and Ravn Alaska

During his tenure, McKinney’s leadership yielded significant accomplishments:

Ravn Alaska’s Resurrection

McKinney spearheaded Ravn Alaska’s successful comeback following its 2020 bankruptcy. He re-established the airline, enabling it to resume operations and serve Alaskan communities once again.

New Pacific Airways Takes Flight

Under McKinney’s guidance, New Pacific Airways launched, connecting Anchorage to key destinations in Asia and the Lower 48 states. The initiative included acquiring Boeing aircraft to bolster connectivity.

Economic Boon for Alaska

McKinney’s leadership at New Pacific Airways led to the creation of hundreds of local jobs and significant tax revenue for Alaska.

The airline’s operations are projected to further strengthen the state’s economy by extending the tourism season and attracting year-round visitors.

Strategic Hub Model

Inspired by successful stopover airlines, McKinney positioned Anchorage as a strategic hub for trans-Pacific flights.

This model not only provides a convenient stopover for travelers between Asia and the US but also promotes Alaskan tourism by encouraging layovers.

New Pacific Airlines jets parked on the tarmac.


New Pacific Airways is a young American charter operator headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. Established in May 2021, it commenced operations in July 2023.

Originally conceived as Northern Pacific Airlines, it opted to rebrand itself as New Pacific Airways. This change took place in September 2023. The airline currently operates a fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

“It’s been an honor to work alongside such a dedicated and talented team,” McKinney concluded. “Our achievements stand as a testament to their unwavering hard work and commitment.”

“While our paths diverge here, I am incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished together, and I look forward to what the future holds.”

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