New Alaska-Japan Airline getting Certificated
CEO has exceptional academic and experience resume
SMS leadership will build on RAVN’s solid Safety Culture
The cover image portrays one of the initial assets a new entrant needs to acquire before becoming operational. Before all else, investors in a new carrier need to sign up an outstanding CEO. For Northern Pacific Airways (NPA) , which is owned by FLOAT (Fly Over All Traffic), selection of a leader who REALLY knows aviation and SAFETY is critical. Yes, the candidate needs to be able to lead marketing, build a team, handle the finances, manage the economics in a competitive market… among other skills.
Why more so than other Part 121 certificate holders? Because a flight plan or long distance across the North Pacific is a demanding operational format and requires exceptional knowledge of the aircrafts performance, the maintenance associated with long haul flights, training of flight crews, cabin crews and maintenance personnel and installing of a safety culture!!!
FLOAT chose, Rob McKinney, an aviation professional with the extensive experience required to be the Chief Executive for NPA. As FLOAT co-founder Arnel Guiang said:
“Rob has been instrumental in getting FLOAT off the ground – literally and figuratively. His experience as a pilot and as an aviation executive is invaluable to the FLOAT team. He has started airlines, run airlines, flown the rich and famous on Lear Jets, and now he is sharing his insights on all things aviation and airline customer service to ensure a successful take-off of our dynamic company.”
Part of the reason why Mr. McKinney has been as successful as his resume demonstrates is the educational foundation on which his work stands— AS in Flight Technology ’89, BS in Aviation and Transportation Technology ’91, MBA ’06 Ellis College. Later Purdue Polytechnic Institute honored him for his having “harnessed the power of their Purdue degrees to positively impact their chosen professions and have changed how today’s technology will improve the world tomorrow.”
His work on the RAVN SMS implementation will transfer the existing RAVM SMS credibility to his NPA team– SMS. Restarting an airline poses opportunities for educating his work force in the state-of-the-art risk analytical and preventative action programs—pilots (returning and new), flight attendants and AMTs all MUST be retrained. McKinney’s presence at those requalification sessions will signal his commitment to SMS. Effective organizational culture is both top-down and bottom-up.
Regional airline Ravn Alaska is launching a new airline called Northern Pacific Airways, and it just bought its first jet, a Boeing 757-200, on September 30, 2021.
Ravn Alaska CEO Rob McKinney told a press briefing reported by several US media outlets that Northern Pacific Airways would provide the first non-stop service from Anchorage to Asia in several decades.
The airline aims to commence service in 2022 from Anchorage, with year-round flights to destinations such as Tokyo, Seoul, Orlando, and Los Angeles.
“From Anchorage, you could go to Tokyo for the weekend,” McKinney said.
Because of its strategic location, Anchorage is a regular fuel and crew change stop for jumbo jets flying between Asia and the Lower 48 (continental/mainland USA).
“We plan to replicate that model with passengers,” McKinney said.
The airline’s first aircraft purchase, a Boeing 757-200, can seat up to 150 passengers.
“We’ll take delivery at the end of this month and then it heads into the shop to get it refreshed and get all of the inspections required,” said McKinney. “From there it heads into the paint shop. We should see the first actual Boeing sitting on the ramp out here in December.”
McKinney says that Northern Pacific has already signed a deal to buy a second 757, and is working with IcelandAir to purchase 10 more jets that will make up the airline’s fleet that would be based out of the North Terminal at ANC.
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