Alaska Air Cargo grows service 40% across North America with Airbus aircraft

First Airbus A321 in full Alaska livery

Starting tomorrow, Alaska Air Cargo expands its cargo lift capacity by 40 percent in the continental U.S. by utilizing the 71 Airbus aircraft that became part of the Alaska Airlines fleet as part of its merger with Virgin America. Alaska Air Cargo will utilize the belly space in these aircraft to provide customers with new shipping destinations and increased frequencies throughout the Alaska Airlines system.

With millions of pounds of new aircraft capacity from coast-to-coast, customers can ship everything from fresh seafood to e-commerce purchases and other time-sensitive materials. Before the merger, Virgin America did not provide cargo service.

Alaska Air Cargo serves 93 destinations offering customers reliable cargo services and the competitive advantage of Alaska Airlines broad and enhanced flight network.

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 U.S. West Coast of any passenger airline.

Alaska Airlines is now redeploying the ex-Virgin America aircraft to other non VA markets and routes.

According to Airline Route, Alaska is now assigning the Airbus fleet to the following routes this summer:

Los Angeles – Chicago O’Hare
Seattle/Tacoma – Las Vegas
Seattle/Tacoma – Portland OR

Los Angeles – Los Cabos
Portland OR – San Diego
Portland OR – Seattle/Tacoma
San Diego – Los Cabos
San Jose CA – New York JFK
Seattle/Tacoma – Austin
Seattle/Tacoma – Burbank
Seattle/Tacoma – New York JFK
Seattle/Tacoma – Orange County
Seattle/Tacoma – San Jose CA
Seattle/Tacoma – Washington Dulles

Los Angeles – Chicago O’Hare
Los Angeles – Washington Dulles
San Francisco – Boston
Seattle/Tacoma – New York JFK

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Airbus A321-253N WL D-AVXY (N928VA) (msn 8246) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 942212.

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