ANCHORAGE, ALASKAAnchorage-based startup airline Northern Pacific Airways secured the purchase of its first six Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The airline completed the transaction to meet part of its initial fleet requirements.

The airline hopes to take delivery of the first of these aircraft in December 2021. Northern Pacific Airways intends to offer service between points in the U.S. and Asia, via Anchorage, Alaska.

The acquisition of the Boeing 757-200s is the first step in Northern Pacific's business plan. Prior to entering service, the aircraft will undergo a full C-level maintenance check in San Bernardino, California.

The Alaska-based carrier intends to continue enlarging its fleet as it prepares for passenger flights. The best in class Boeing 757-200 is powered by twin 36-600 Rolls-Royce RB211 underwing turbo engines for a maximum takeoff weight of 255,000 lbs. The plane can transport over 200 passengers to their destination's each flight, with a range of 3,915nm/-7,250km per fueling.

The single-aisle plane is less costly to fly than its wide-bodied counterparts, yet has a range greater than other aircraft of similar size. Over the duration of their manufacturing program, more than 1,049 Boeing 757-200s were delivered. The aircraft is well suited for point-to-point, long-haul flights, and has enough space to accommodate each passenger's carry-on.

"Northern Pacific is proud to introduce these powerful aircraft as the foundation of our fleet," said Rob McKinney, Northern Pacific's Chief Executive Officer.

"The Boeing 757-200 will help us achieve operational savings and efficiencies while offering our customers a rewarding travel experience."

Northern Pacific Airways is set to operate as a division of Ravn Alaska, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FLOAT Alaska which conducts regional flights in the northernmost state of the US. The startup intends to develop Anchorage as a connecting hub for services between the mainland US and Asia akin to Reykjavik Keflavik in Iceland for transatlantic traffic.