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Northern Pacific Airways has set its sights on destinations in North Asia.
Northern Pacific Airways has set its sights on destinations in North Asia.

Fancy becoming an airline owner. Or a part owner, at least.

A new international airline that aims to connect Asia with cities in the United States, via Anchorage in Alaska, has launched a crowd-funding appeal to speed up its first flights later this year.

Northern Pacific Airways is calling for investors to contribute as little as US$100 to the project.

Northern Pacific is looking at connecting Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, and Seoul with cities in the United States, including New York.

The airline is banking on its cheaper fares to attract those who don’t mind a 90-minute stopover in Anchorage.

Chairman and majority owner of Northern Pacific, Josh Jones, said, “We believe our timing is perfect with pent-up leisure travel demand and the re-opening of Korea and Japan. We think it's an amazing opportunity not just for our airline, but for Alaska itself and the world's connection to it.”

He added, “Our Community Round is about building a network of people who share our mission and values. The great thing about Wefunder is that it allows anyone – whether or not they’re an accredited investor – to become an angel investor in our company.”

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