Alaska Air Cargo grounds 737-700F fleet, tightening intra-Alaska capacity

On the heels of Australian carrier Qantas Airways grounding its fleet of 737-300 freighters, as reported Wednesday by our sister publication Cargo Facts, Seattle-based Alaska Air Cargo has grounded its own fleet of three 737-700 freighters for the same issue—an “apparent irregularity” in the rigid barrier system of some Israel Aerospace Industries converted freighters. Alaska […]

Hawaii looking to offer sustainable fuel supply to airlines

Hawaii could be among the first states offering a sustainable fuel supply to airlines, according to a recent Hawai’i Public Radio interview with Joelle Simonpietri, an organizer of the Hawaii Aviation and Climate Action Summit, held this past week on Dec. 3 in Honolulu. Simonpietri, a former Operational Manager of the military’s Green Initiative for […]

Alaska Airlines’ cargo unit 3Q earnings up despite market volatility

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines reported growth for its cargo unit during the third quarter of 2019, despite weakening global trade sentiment seen over the course of 2019. Alaska Airlines attributed the growth to new capacity available through the Virgin America fleet, as well as strong demand in its continental U.S. network. Operating revenues for the carrier […]

New IATA diversity campaign aims to add women airline employees

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is aiming to improve gender diversity among its member airlines with a new campaign, “25by2025,” the organization announced on Sept. 26. The campaign sets several goals for its member airlines, the most important among them being: Increasing the number of women in senior positions at member airlines by either […]

Airlink response to Harvey already under way

It has been four days since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm – the largest to make landfall in Texas since 1961. As rain continues to fall on the Houston metro area through southern Louisiana today, rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief organization Airlink is already working with the aviation community […]

National carriers balk at proposed increase in Alaska jet fuel tax

After cruising for decades on high oil prices, the state of Alaska is scrambling to make up budget shortfalls by introducing a bill that would triple the state tax on jet fuel, sparking predictable dismay from several U.S.-based carriers that use Anchorage as a major trans-shipment hub on long-haul routes. Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines and […]

Copper River salmon descend on Seattle via Alaska Airlines

It’s become an annual rite of passage for the U.S. Northwest – the arrival of fresh salmon in Seattle. Only this salmon didn’t swim upstream, it flew in. This morning more than 9 tonnes of Copper River salmon landed in Seattle on an Alaska Airlines flight with much fanfare, launching the start of what is […]

Alaska to phase out combi aircraft

Since 2007 five combi 737-400s have been moving passengers and cargo for Alaska Airlines. These combi aircraft have space for 72 passengers in the back half of the aircraft, while carrying 6,000 pounds of cargo, often seafood, in the front. The aircraft fly in the vast state of Alaska, and to Seattle in the lower-48 […]

Airlink launches ‘Help Is on the Way’

To date this year, Airlink, a rapid-response humanitarian relief organization that links airlines with prequalified nonprofit organizations, has delivered just over US$1 million of donated lift, in support of 200 aid workers and 185,000 pounds of aid. The organization has supported eight major disasters so far this year, including flooding in Malawi, the Syrian refugee […]

Lithium battery forces early landing for Alaska flight

Just days after the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) issued a strong warning about the risk of unstoppable fires from lithium battery shipments, an Alaska Airlines passenger flight from Newark to Seattle made an emergency landing in Buffalo after a credit card reader, used as the point-of-sale for onboard purchases of food and beverages, began […]

Carrier turf war turns Sea-Tac into a cargo player

When the conversation turns to U.S. West Coast hubs, most for­warders, carriers and passengers think of LAX, San Francisco or San Diego. But what about Seattle – that place of timber, fish and software? While the Emerald City is known worldwide for such mega-retailers as Starbucks Coffee, Microsoft, Costco and Amazon, those brands are only […]

Cecil killing prompts trophy cargo policy review

Call it the “Cecil Effect.” In the aftermath of the illegal killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe, airlines that carry “trophy kills” as cargo have come under pressure by organizations such as the Humane Society International. Now, Delta Air Lines, which had been a holdout, has agreed not to carry […]

The week in brief

Lufthansa Cargo christened its fourth Boeing 777F “Olá Brazil.” Lufthansa is emphasising its commitment to Brazil with this greeting. The carrier is investing in five new Boeing 777Fs as part of the Lufthansa Cargo 2020 future program. Each of the freighters can carry up to 103 tonnes of cargo. Ukraine International Airlines started a new […]
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