Ravn says he’s considering flights to Asia and Lower 48
The general manager of Ravn Alaska said this week that the airline is looking to expand its service beyond Alaska to the Lower 48 and Asia, using Boeing 757s.
The new service, Rob McKinney said in a YouTube video, would build on a dozen new planes and serve Tokyo, Seoul, Orlando, Newark, Las Vegas, Oakland and Ontario, a suburb of Los Angeles.
The operation would be called Northern Pacific Airways and would depart from the underused North Terminal at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, McKinney said.
“We are really digging into those numbers and are very sure of the value of what we are going to be able to bring to the public,” he said.
The unlisted YouTube video was posted Monday and then unpublished Tuesday after it was shared on social media by Alaska aviation reporter Colleen Mondor.
McKinney, in a brief phone call Tuesday, said the video message was aimed at company employees and that Ravn would release more details of his plans soon.
Ravn’s main assets were bought out last year by a company founded by two Californian entrepreneurs. It was previously majority owned by two East Coast private equity firms and saw its business collapse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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McKinney did not say when Ravn hoped to launch his new service, or how he would raise the funds to purchase the Boeing jets, which could cost $ 10 million each, according to industry publications. He said Ravn was confident he could start operations “without getting into excessive debt,” which plagued the company before it went bankrupt.
Ravn currently flies Dash-8 propeller planes in a dozen rural Alaskan communities, including the Aleutian fishing port of Dutch Harbor, the town of Homer on the Kenai Peninsula, and the Sea Island community of. Bering in Saint-Paul.
McKinney, in his video, said that “Ravn’s commitment to Alaska and our Alaskan communities has never been stronger.”
“We are not going to diminish our commitment to our frequency or the level of service we provide to the communities that we currently have,” he said.
This is a developing story and will be updated.