AviationSoon there will be a new way to fly between the US and Asia, but first plan for a stop in Anchorage.

This startup airline wants to show you Alaska to the max

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Northern Pacific Airways will use Anchorage as a hub to connect points in the United States with Asia.
Northern Pacific Airways will use Anchorage as a hub to connect points in the United States with Asia.

A new international airline that wants to connect North America with Asia – via Alaska – is pushing ahead with its plans to buy second-hand aircraft, secure airport slots, and gain regulatory approvals, all of which it hopes to accomplish by late 2022.

Northern Pacific Airways will use Anchorage as a hub to connect points in the United States with destinations in Asia.

Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, and Seoul are on the airline’s wish list.

New York, Florida, California, Texas and Nevada are likely to be the departure points in the U.S., with the airline banking on its cheaper fares to attract those who don’t mind a 90-minute stopover in Anchorage.

The airline says that clearing US border checks in Anchorage will be faster than at busy airports like those in New York or San Francisco.

Northern Pacific will operate a fleet of Boeing 757-200s, six of them purchased from American Airlines, and will offer three economy cabins – premium economy, extra legroom economy, and economy.

Another point of difference is that passengers will be treated to a mini-IMAX Theatre experience at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, where the delights of Alaska will be showcased.

“Our goal is to get people, instead of just doing a quick connection, to stay and see our great beautiful state, whether it's summer or winter, stay three or four days,” said Northern Pacific and intrastate carrier Ravn Alaska CEO, Rob McKinney.

“And then of course we have a fleet of Dash 8 aircraft that crisscross Alaska and take people anywhere they want to go.”

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