Alaska ‘combi’ aircraft goes into retirement [VIDEO]

Marking the end of an era at Alaska Airlines, the last of the carrier’s 737-400 combi fleet is scheduled for official retirement tomorrow. The five combi aircraft will be replaced by three converted 737-700 freighters, the first of which began commercial service last month. Alaska expects the combis will undergo conversion to full freighter configuration […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 17, 2017

Airforwarders address Sea-Tac logistics challenges

SEATTLE — The good times keep rolling for air cargo in 2017 with month after record-setting month, but a panel at the Airforwarders Association’s (AfA) regional meeting at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) last night discussed an important point: How do you deal with too much of a good thing? “Sea-Tac’s current infrastructure wasn’t built […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 13, 2017

Alaska Airlines delivers Copper River salmon to the Lower 48

For many places around the world, the delivery of fresh salmon is a commonplace occurrence. But in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, there is a hotly anticipated annual return for seafood fans throughout the region. San Juan Capistrano may have its swallows, but Seattle – the home of Air Cargo World – has […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 19, 2017

Santa’s little shippers: Alaska Airlines Cargo, Marines support Toys for Tots

There’s a chance that Santa will be landing a MV-22 Osprey on the roof this year, now that the U.S. Marines are teaming up with Alaska Airlines Cargo to deliver nearly 15,000 pounds of toys across the state of Alaska this holiday season. “Alaska Air Cargo is honored to continue our annual partnership with the […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 17, 2016

Alaska Airlines to run SmartKargo for airfreight booking

Alaska Airlines has chosen SmartKargo to provide its booking engine for Alaska’s North American cargo business, the carrier recently announced. The cloud-based software uses a “smart booking process” that is user-friendly, and has a back-end system that condenses the booking requirements onto a single screen. The engine comes pre-loaded with key information, such as IATA […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 18, 2016

Forwarders call for U.S.-Cuba cargo routes to take priority

Now that eight major U.S.-based carriers have submitted applications to begin scheduled service to the previously forbidden Cuba, forwarders are calling for the Department of Transportation to give precedence to passenger routes that carry bellyhold cargo during the approval process. According to the U.S. Airforwarders Association (AfA), only five of the carriers that have applied […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 4, 2016

Alaska simplifies surcharges, prepares for main-deck capacity

Keeping things simple, Alaska Air Cargo recently joined the growing list of carriers that are  simplifying their pricing models for shipments. Now, two current surcharges will be rolled into Alaska’s base rates, and customers will now be charged only by freight weight and a single screening fee. The simplified pricing structure went into effect March […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 3, 2016

Freight to Plate: Demand ripens in fresh-food cargo market

On an unseasonably hot 90°F day in Seattle, pallets sat prepared inside the comfortable, chilly air of Alaska Air Cargo’s recently expanded cool-chain facility at SeaTac Airport. A 737-400 freighter had arrived earlier from Anchorage to unload its bounty: freshly caught Pacific salmon straight from Alaska’s waters. Crews had quickly sent the fresh fish on […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 3, 2015

Freight to Plate: Clearing the Air

There’s a colorless, odorless, hard-to-detect gas, and it’s coming to get you. Well, it won’t hurt you physically, but if you’re a shipper of highly perishable food, it might steal from your bottom line. The gas is ethylene, sometimes re­ferred to as the “ripening hormone.” It’s a naturally occurring byproduct of the decaying process, slowly […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 3, 2015