Iceland Air capitalized on the island country’s location in the northern Atlantic by marketing it as a stopover for flyers traveling between the United States and Europe. A new airline that aims to launch in fall 2022 is making a similar pitch about Alaska. Northern Pacific Airways is offering a service that connects continental United States cities with destinations in Japan and South Korea through Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The airline wants to partner with Alaskan businesses like hotels and tour excursions to offer passengers stopover packages.
“NP presents the opportunity for travelers to experience more on trips they’re already taking. Additionally, NP is the only long-haul airline that is truly Alaskan—from the food and coffee served to the jobs offered, to our headquarters, we are Alaskans,” said Rob McKinney, CEO of Northern Pacific Airways. Northern Pacific was founded in 2021 by McKinney and Tom Hsieh and is owned by FLOAT Alaska LLC, the same company that owns the regional Alaska airline Ravn. Flights will be offered daily with a fleet of narrow-bodied Boeing 757-200s.