It’s time for another Cranky Flier Interview, and this time, it’s with Northern Pacific’s CEO Rob McKinney, an airline that hopes to get off the ground later this year, COVID-willing.
No, Northern Pacific is not a fictitious airline from a movie. Nor is it Pacific Northern, the airline that merged into Western way back in the day. It is the new airline branch of Ravn Alaska, the commuter operator that now has much bigger plans.
Northern Pacific will be the brand that uses 757s to connect the continental US to North Asia via Anchorage. It’s a throwback in that sense… airlines haven’t needed to stop in Anchorage for decades. But Rob thinks he’s on to something here with low fares and a decent product.
Rob and his team were down here in SoCal this week to unveil the livery on the first 757 where it was painted at San Bernardino International Airport, and I had 15 minutes to chat with him. As for the 757, well, it looks good, but then again, you can’t make a 757 look ugly. I dare you. It’s impossible. If you’d like to watch, here’s a 3 minute video of the dramatic rollout, or, roll-in as the case may be.
Download the episode here or listen below.
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