ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Northern Pacific Airways, the U.S. start-up carrier, has postponed its launch by three weeks. Originally, the carrier was slated to initiate operations with a short weekly flight, operating both ways between Ontario International Airport in the Los Angeles area and Las Vegas on June 2nd. However, according to the airline's website, the earliest date a ticket can now be booked is June 23rd.

The airline has scheduled its flight to depart Ontario every Friday at 2:00 PM local time, reaching Las Vegas an hour later. The return flight is set to take off from Las Vegas at 2:00 PM on Sundays, starting June 4th, landing in Ontario at 3:00 PM local time.

These flight times appear to target customers from the Los Angeles metropolitan region looking for a weekend getaway to Las Vegas - a popular trip. The distance between the two airports is 197nm (365km). Traveling by car, considering traffic, can take between 4 to 5 hours for the one-way journey.

Currently, Northern Pacific possesses four Boeing 757-200s, all of which are in storage. The first aircraft was received 16 months ago.

Originally, Northern Pacific aimed to start operations in the third quarter of 2022. However, in October, they adjusted their expectations, announcing that they plan to start flying passengers in "Spring 2023". The airline is entirely owned by Float Alaska, which procured the operations of fellow regional carrier Ravn Alaska from bankruptcy in 2021.

The nascent long-haul airline's business model aims to emulate across the Pacific Ocean what Icelandair does over the Atlantic. The Reykjavik-based carrier has for years used its island base located approximately midway between North America and Europe to provide low-fare flights between the two continents, with stopovers as an option. Northern Pacific has expressed intentions to fly from Anchorage to South Korea, Japan, and other destinations within the U.S.