USA: a new airline takes off tomorrow

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The new low cost airline Northern Pacific Airways will operate on July 14 maiden flight between Ontario in California and Vegas in Nevada. Pending the start of operations to Asia.

Mentioned for the first time in July 2021 by FLOAT Shuttle, already owner of Raven Alaska (ex-Ravn Air placed under creditor protection in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and since acquired), and based at the airport ofAnchorage – Ted Stevensthe new American company will finally launch its operations on July 14, 2023, with a fleet of four Boeing 757-200 can accommodate 181 passengers. These four aircraft with an average age of over 28 years should be joined by four others, apparently from the American Airlines fleet.

The first and so far only regular line of Northern Pacific Airlines, inaugurated with a month and a half delay for administrative reasons, will connect from tomorrow Ontario International at the airport of Las Vegas-Harry Reidwith a departure on Friday and a return on Sunday, in direct competition with the low-cost Frontier and Southwest

Created on the model of Icelandair for connecting the USA to Asia using Anchorage as Reykjavik, Northern Pacific had its plans thwarted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which closed it offRussian airspace. Or she couldn’t get theETOPS necessary to circumvent it before having launched its operations – which will therefore be done tomorrow. Now he has to ask the FAA and to local regulators on the other side of the Pacific the authorizations to finally carry out its strategy.

In the meantime, Northern Pacific will also offer charter flightswhile Ravn Alaska restarted operations in Alaska with a fleet of DHC-8-100s.

Beginning early next year, CEO Rob McKinney said, Northern Pacific will offer flights “from cities around Japan and of South Korea to Anchorage, then to the 48 continental states. ” Stopping in Anchorage means saving fuel, and he expects their flights to be 20% cheaper than competitors nonstop “, with a ” comparable travel time, due to much shorter customs clearance experience in Anchorage than in Los Angeles or New York airports, for example.

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