Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Alaska Air Cargo begins testing passenger aircraft to fly critical cargo

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Alaska Air Cargo announced it will fly passenger jets as cargo-only flights to carry essential goods like mail, medical equipment, e-commerce packages and food throughout its domestic network. Filling the passenger cabin with cargo will backfill the loss in capacity across the continental United States and Hawaii after passenger flights were reduced.

"We're determined to help protect the resiliency of our nation's supply chain by connecting critical cargo to the communities we serve during this public health crisis," said Torque Zubeck, managing director of Alaska Air Cargo.  "Our teams have been working tirelessly since March to identify the safest and most effective processes to increase our cargo capacity as quickly as possible."

In addition to Air Cargo's dedicated three freighters, six Boeing 737-900 aircraft will be utilized as cargo-only aircraft.  Boxes, mail and other items will be placed on and under seats, in overhead bins and in closets – to offer 13,500 more pounds of cargo than what a passenger-only flight could carry. In total, each flight will carry up to 30,000 pounds, which includes belly capacity.

If approved by the FAA, the passenger-only aircraft would begin flying throughout the United States in May.


Alaska Air Cargo Facts 

Cargo freighters: 3 Boeing 737-700s
Passenger-to-cargo planes: 6 Boeing 737-900s
Cargo flown annually: 200 million+ pounds
Seafood flown: 30 million+ pounds per year
Destinations in Alaska we serve: 19 stations, only three connect by road
Around 60% of our cargo business touches the state of Alaska in some way
Total destinations served in 2019: 100+
Freighter-only flights flown in 2019: 5,487

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