New start-up low-cost carrier has passed another hurdle in the lead up to commencement of operations.
In a post to social media today, the carrier’s CEO Rob McKinney was quoted as saying: “6:30pm tonight (Saturday) A call from the CMO manager of the FAA — passed every test.”
“Passed and exceeded all expectations. Ravn Alaska as Northern Pacific Airways is authorized as a global airline flying large jets. So many Thx”
The news of the approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now puts the fledgling airlines operational start-up a step closer to reality.
The new carrier narrowly missed its proposed start update of June 23, 2023 when it was reportedly set to start commercial operations.
In an emailed statement taken by Aerotime, the airline disclosed the revised start-up date of July 14 -Friday this week.
With its FAA approvals now in place, the airline seems cleared to negotiate the awaited commencement of operations.
“It’s been a long road, but we are truly excited about welcoming our guests onboard on the 14th of July,” Rob McKinney, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Northern Pacific Airways, is quoted as saying in the statement to Aerotime.
About Northern Pacific Airways
Northern Pacific Airways is an upcoming long-haul airline based in Anchorage, Alaska, United States that plans to commence operations in Summer 2023.
The airline’s initial focus will be on connecting the United States with Asia, with a hub at Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC)
Northern Pacific’s fleet will consist of Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which have a range of 4,000 miles and can accommodate up to 200 passengers.
According to Planespotters data, the carrier currently holds fleet assets of 4 Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The fleet have been parked since 2022.
When operating, the new airline plans to offer a variety of fares and services, including economy, business, and first class.
Northern Pacific’s CEO, Rob McKinney, has previously said that the airline is targeting “premium leisure travelers” who are looking for a more affordable way to fly to Asia.
The airline’s focus on leisure travelers is reflected in its initial route network, which will include destinations such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York.
Northern Pacific Airways is one of a number of new airlines that are entering the market in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline’s launch is seen as a sign of the growing demand for air travel, particularly among leisure travelers.