Northern Pacific Airways unveils its first Boeing 757-200 in its livery

Northern Pacific Airways at San Bernardino, CA on January 18, 2022 unveiled its first Boeing 757-200 (757-2B7 N627NP msn 27808, ex American N206UW).

The Northern Pacific Airways livery unveiling event took place on January 18, 2022, at San Bernardino International Airport, in the AeroPro Hangar, Bay 3.

Step-and Repeat Media Interviews took place initially from 5:00-6:00 PM with the Northern Pacific Airways Team:

–        Rob McKinney, CEO, Northern Pacific Airways

–        Erlendur Svavarsson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Loftleidir

–        Nicolas Finazzo, Chairman and CEO, AerSale, Inc.

–        Paul Oliver, Certified Aviation Services

–        Kathy Dunn, Vice President of Communications, Visit Anchorage

This was followed by a brief presentation of the sponsors:

–        AerSale:  aircraft leasing

–        Certified Aviation Services:  aircraft maintenance

–        Pepsico:  food/catering

–        Woodford Reserve:  cocktails

Finally, there was a short “fireside chat” with Northern Pacific Airways CEO Rob McKinney.  Mr. McKinney is currently the Chief Executive Officer of FLOAT Alaska LLC and its subsidiaries – Northern Pacific Airways and Ravn Alaska.  He is a Learjet captain and has over 30 years of airline experience piloting commercial aircraft and managing flight operations.  Previous airline experience includes time with Pacific Wings, Mokulele Airlines, and SeaPort Airlines.  In 2018 Mr. McKinney co-founded FLOAT (Fly Over All Traffic) Shuttle Inc., a commuter and corporate transportation service in southern California.  This group acquired Ravn Air Group in April 2020.

During the “fireside chat” Mr. McKinney stated that Northern Pacific Airways (NPA) would be using the Icelandair “model” for flight operations and route development.  Plans are to offer flights between cities in California, Nevada, New York, Florida, and Texas, with direct long-haul service to cities in Japan and Korea through Anchorage over the Northern route.  The initial aircraft selected for this service are 757-200.

At present NPA already has agreements in place for 9 aircraft and looks to have 12 aircraft before starting service later this year.  While the exact launch date has not been finalized, Mr. McKinney sees the current aviation climate as a golden opportunity for the airline.  If not for the current critical situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, gates and landing slots in many of the major airports in both the US and Asia would not be available.  The opportunity to clear US Customs and Immigration in Anchorage is also seen as an advantage.

The airline plans to offer fares 10-25% below the standard trans-Pacific fares.  There will be no ticket expiration dates, no change fees, and crypto currency will be utilized.  The aircraft will be configured in a 3-class configuration (business, economy-plus, and economy) and will have streaming services and the ability to order meals and snacks on-line.

Later aircraft considerations will include both the 737 MAX and Airbus 321LR NEO families.  Widebody aircraft will be considered later.  The eventual plan is an airline with a fleet of 50 planes within 5-7 years.

The ceremony concluded with a short video, and then the aircraft N627NP was towed into the hangar for viewing by the invited guests.

All photos by Michael B. Ing.

Michael B. Ing reporting from San Bernardino, CA.