June 19, 2018: In order to meet current and future shipment demands, Alaska Air Cargo has expanded its cargo lift capacity by 40 percent in the continental US by utilising the 71 Airbus aircraft that became part of the Alaska Airlines fleet as part of its merger with Virgin America.
The carrier will utilise the belly space in these aircraft to provide customers with new shipping destinations and increased frequencies throughout the Alaska Airlines system.
Customers can ship everything from fresh seafood to e-commerce purchases and other time-sensitive materials as the airline creates new capacity.
Before the merger, Virgin America did not provide cargo service.
"Our goal is to create a hassle-free experience for our cargo customer and with additional capacity, we are delivering on that commitment," said Jason Berry, managing director for Alaska Air Cargo. "With our increased transcontinental connections originating across the west coast, we will be offering more frequency and reliability. Whether you are in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco or New York, you can count on Alaska Air Cargo to deliver."
In addition to increased belly load capacity, Alaska Air Cargo recently upgraded their fleet to include three 737-700 retrofitted freighter aircraft.
With the addition of a dedicated all-freighter fleet, Alaska Air Cargo provides reliable scheduled and drop-in service for 19 communities across Alaska; connecting them to the cargo hub in Seattle.
Alaska Air Cargo transports more than 170 million pounds of cargo annually—including seafood, mail and freight —and operates the most extensive air cargo operation on the US West Coast of any passenger airline.