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Rob McKinney parts ways effective immediately as CEO of New Pacific Airways and Ravn Alaska

Rob McKinney
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Rob McKinney departs as CEO of New Pacific Airways and Ravn Alaska, citing differences in vision with the leadership, after leading significant aviation initiatives.

ANCHORAGE, AK – Rob McKinney, CEO of New Pacific Airways and Ravn Alaska, announces that he has parted ways with the airline group. The departure comes as he does not share the forward vision of the ownership and Chairman.

“It has been an amazing journey to be part of the resurrection of Ravn from bankruptcy and to experience the rare opportunity of launching America’s latest Part 121 airline,” said McKinney. “Our partnership with Boeing and collaborations with other remarkable companies and individuals around the world brought our vision to life. However, there comes a time in life when you just don’t see eye to eye. Bringing an airline to life is a team effort, and I owe most of the credit to the amazing team that achieved what seemed like the impossible.”

During his tenure, McKinney’s key accomplishments included:

  • Reviving Ravn Alaska: McKinney led the successful resurrection of Ravn Alaska after its 2020 bankruptcy, reestablishing the airline and enabling it to resume operations and service various Alaskan communities.
  • Launching New Pacific Airways: He spearheaded the launch of New Pacific Airways, connecting Anchorage with key destinations in Asia and the Lower 48 states. This initiative included acquiring a fleet of Boeing aircraft to enhance connectivity.
  • Economic Impact and Job Creation: Under McKinney’s leadership, New Pacific Airways created hundreds of local jobs and generated substantial tax revenue for Alaska. The airline’s operations are projected to boost the state’s economy by extending the tourism season and attracting year-round visitors.
  • Innovative Hub Model: McKinney positioned Anchorage as a strategic hub for trans-Pacific flights, inspired by other successful stopover airlines. This model not only offers a convenient stopover for passengers traveling between Asia and the US but also promotes local tourism by encouraging layovers in Alaska.

“It has been an honor to work with such a dedicated and talented team. Our shared achievements are a testament to their hard work and commitment,” McKinney added. “While our paths diverge here, I remain immensely proud of what we have accomplished together and look forward to the future.”

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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