North Pacific Airlines

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North Pacific Airlines
Founded 1987 (1987)[1]
Ceased operations By 1991[2]
Hubs Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Portland International Airport (PDX)
Frequent-flyer program United Airlines Mileage Plus
Fleet size 10
Destinations 4
Parent company WestAir Holdings[3]

North Pacific Airlines was a commuter air carrier formed in 1987 which operated scheduled passenger service on behalf United Airlines via a code sharing agreement as an United Express carrier initially from the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to three destinations in Washington state and also to Portland, Oregon.

By 1989, the airline had expanded its route network and was serving fifteen destinations located in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington state (see destination list below).

In 1991, the airline, which was owned by WestAir Holding, Inc., was merged with WestAir Commuter Airlines which operated flights in California and other states as a United Express carrier. WestAir Commuter Airlines was also owned by the WestAir Holding corporation.[2]

Another commuter air carrier which used the North Pacific Airlines name operated in Alaska as NPA from the early to mid 1980s.[4]

Destinations in 1989[edit]

According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), North Pacific Airlines was operating United Express service with British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31 and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia propjets to the following destinations in late 1989:[5]


North Pacific Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31[6] 10 19 Options held for 30 additional aircraft
Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia 5 30


  1. ^ "North Pacific Airlines plans Pasco service". Tri-City Herald. 28 April 1987. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Airlines and Aircraft Serving Seattle/Tacoma Effective October 1, 1991". Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Wooldridge, James (21 March 1990). "United Express plans flights to Washington". Times-News. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  4. ^, NPA-North Pacific Airlines timetables
  5. ^, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Boise, Portland, OR, Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane flight schedules
  6. ^ "Boost for Jetstream". The Glasgow Herald. Gannett Company. 30 April 1987. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 

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