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Aloha Air Cargo starts Los Angeles freighter service

Aloha Air Cargo's first Boeing 767-300 freighter

Aloha Air Cargo, as planned, has now started scheduled cargo service to Los Angeles from Honolulu with its first newly-acquired Boeing 767-300 freighter.

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On November 7, 2017 the company announced on social media the arrival of its first Boeing 767-300 freighter in its full livery:

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According to the airline, Aloha Air Cargo is now operating a Boeing 767-300F, with a maximum payload of 125,000 pounds, from Los Angeles International Airport on a Tuesday through Saturday rotation, departing at 2 am PST, and arriving into Honolulu International Airport at approximately 5 am HST. Return flights will operate Monday through Friday, departing Honolulu at 3:00 pm HST and arriving into Los Angeles at approximately 11:30 pm PST.

The pictured N399CM (operated by ATI), is the former N382AN of American Airlines, now converted to a freighter.

Top Copyright Photo: Aloha Air Cargo (ATI) Boeing 767-323 (F) N399CM (msn 25451) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940045.


Aloha Air Cargo to acquire a Boeing 767-300F and launch cargo flights to Los Angeles

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Aloha Air Cargo (Honolulu) is breaking out of the inter-Hawaii market. The company has announced it will acquire a Boeing 767-300F freighter and launch services to Los Angeles on October 23. The airline issued this statement:

Aloha Air Cargo is expanding their air cargo service with the addition of a direct, wide-body Boeing 767-300F aircraft from Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL). The new, five-times weekly roundtrip flight is scheduled to begin service October 23, 2014 adding needed capacity into and out of Los Angeles, CA. The new air cargo service will be geared toward freight forwarders, consolidators, passenger carrier partners, and businesses looking to sync up with Aloha’s existing interisland network, for seamless movement of through cargo shipments to the Neighboring Hawaiian Islands.

Aloha Air Cargo will be operating a Boeing 767-300F, with a maximum payload of 125,000 pounds, from Los Angeles International Airport on a Tuesday through Saturday rotation, departing at 2 am (0200) PST, and arriving into Honolulu International Airport at approximately 5 am HST (0500). Return flights will operate Monday through Friday, departing Honolulu at 2:30 pm HST (1430) and arriving into Los Angeles at approximately 10:45 pm PST (2245).

The flight will significantly increase Aloha’s domestic capacity between North America and the Pacific region, and improve service reliability and frequency for onward shipments into Kailua-Kona (KOA), Kahului (OGG), and across the State of Hawaii. Likewise, the wide-body capability will further strengthen the platform and service performance that the Aloha network offers customers and carriers shipping from Asia to the Americas.

Aloha Air Cargo: AG Slide Show

Current Route Map:

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Aloha Air Cargo adds two Boeing 737-300 freighters

Aloha Air Cargo 737-300F N301KH (08)(Blessing)(AAC)(LRW)

Aloha Air Cargo (Honolulu) has announced the initiation of its fleet replacement plan with the purchase of two former Lufthansa Boeing 737-300SF all cargo converted aircraft. The first 737-300 (737-330 N301KH, msn 27904) was delivered on June 2, 2014 and recently entered operations with the second plane (737-330 N302KH, msn 27905) currently in its initial maintenance check, and scheduled to be delivered to Honolulu during the third quarter of this year – enhancing the carrier’s fleet mix to two Boeing 737-300s, two Boeing 737-200s, and three SAAB 340A turboprops.

The Boeing 737-300 boasts nine full cargo positions totaling upwards of 39,000 lbs of payload capacity; that is two positions and nearly 10,000 lbs more than its sister aircraft, the Boeing 737-200 that Aloha currently flies. With ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Operations) capability, more fuel efficient and quieter engines, and a greatly reduced environmental footprint, the airframe is superior in every way.

“Our current fleet of four Boeing 737-200 aircraft has served Aloha and our predecessor very well over the last several decades, but timing is key to begin transitioning to a newer airframe,” said Pat Rosa, Chief Operating Officer for Aloha Air Cargo. “We are excited to invest in the future of our company and its employees by adding the 737-300s to our fleet. With this addition, Aloha Air Cargo will continue to build upon its 30 year history for providing safe and reliable cargo services to our communities in Hawaii and beyond.”

Aloha Air Cargo delivers fast, economical and reliable transport of goods between the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii. It became an independent cargo operator after the closure of Aloha Airlines passenger services in May 2008. Aloha Tech Ops is a division of Aloha Air Cargo and provides maintenance and engineering services to airlines in the State of Hawaii.

Aloha Air Cargo is owned by Seattle-based Saltchuk, which has been doing business in Hawaii since 2000 when it acquired Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge. Committed to the welfare of Hawaii and strengthening the local economy, the company also acquired Hawaii Fuel Network, Maui Petroleum and Minit Stop Stores in 2006.

Copyright Photos: Aloha Air Cargo. Kahu Kordell Kekoa blessing the plane’s name: Kū Ha’aheo (meaning “to stand tall with unselfish pride”).

Aloha Air Cargo 737-300F N301KH (08)(Grd) HNL (AAC)(LRW)

Aloha Air Cargo: AG Slide Show

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Current Route Map:

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Aloha Air Cargo celebrates five years and moves ahead with the building of a new cargo facility at Honolulu

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Aloha Air Cargo (Honolulu) on May 14 celebrated its fifth anniversary. The company is keeping alive the Aloha name.

The cargo airline on May 2 also held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new air cargo facility, which will consolidate existing cargo operations, aircraft maintenance, loading docks, support offices, and customer service operations into an integrated facility on the west side of the airport near the end of Elliott Street and Hale Kinai Road. The facility initiates the kick-off for the Hawaii Airports Modernization Program – part of Governor Neil Abercrombie’s New Day Work Projects. In attendance were Governor Abercrombie, Deputy Airport Director Ford Fuchigami, Kahu Kelekona Bishaw, Aloha Air Cargo Executives and employees, and various key customers and local Hawaii businesses.

Aloha’s cargo facility will act as its primary operational hub, which will coordinate logistics efforts with the company’s Statewide shipping network across all major airports including Lihue, Kauai (LIH), Kahului, Maui (OGG), Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (KOA), and Hilo, Hawaii (ITO).

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The groundbreaking is a perfect segue into Aloha Air Cargo’s 5-year anniversary as an independent cargo company which took place on May 14, 2013. The cargo carrier continues to grow and strengthen its core cargo business, while expanding its offerings to become a formidable logistics solutions provider – coming a long way since its much beloved predecessor, Aloha Airlines, closed its doors in March 2008.

The new cargo facility and hangar will be 115,000 square feet, including over 2,400 square feet of refrigerator capacity and five (5) drive-up docks for shippers. Structural considerations were made to incorporate over 31,000 square feet of buildup area under roof for cargo to be sheltered from the elements, wind, sun, and rain. Completion of the facility is projected at the end of first quarter 2014. Until then, operations will not be impacted, and Aloha will continue to serve more than 2,000 local businesses who rely on the cargo carrier to move over 100 million pounds of freight annually into and across the State.

Above Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin (all others from Aloha Air Cargo). Boeing 737-2X6C N841AL (msn 23123) passes through Oakland.

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Aloha Air Cargo adds its first SAAB 340A freighter

Aloha Air Cargo (Honolulu) has added its first (of two) SAAB 340A freighter to supplement its three Boeing 737-200 freighters. The pictured SAAB 340A N843KH (msn 046) (in a blue version of the 2008 livery) arrived at Honolulu on June 5.

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Compare with the green version for the Boeing 737-200s: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Please click on the photo for background information on this airline.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Aloha Air Cargo. On May 28, 2009 Aloha Air Cargo introduced this red and white gingham promotional “Love Jet” color scheme of Love’s Bakery on the right side of its Boeing 737-210C N834AL (msn 20917). Hawaii’s largest wholesale baker of freshly baked bread partnered with Aloha Air Cargo to launch “Hawaii’s Fresh Express.” N834AL was operated daily from Honolulu to Kauai, Maui and the Big Island to ensure regular delivery of freshly baked Love’s Bakery products. However N834AL has recently gone into storage.