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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:

Aloha Air Cargo 6.2014 Route Map

Airwork (Toll) Boeing 737-300F right main gear collapses today in the Solomon Islands

Airwork Group (Airwork NZ Limited) (Auckland) Boeing 737-3B7 (SF) ZK-TLC (msn 23705) operated under the Toll Group brand was involved in an incident on the runway today (January 26) at Honiara International Airport (formerly Henderson Field of World War II) in the Solomon Islands. The aircraft had just landed when the right main gear collapsed on the runway on the roll-out. No one was injured in the incident according to the National. Three crew members were on board. The incident closed the single runway airport.

Airwork operates seven Boeing 737s.

Airwork (NZ) logo

The company describes itself in its prospectus:

Airwork Holdings Limited is a specialist provider of services to the aviation industry, operating through a number of companies and business divisions (together “Airwork”).

Airwork owns, operates, leases, maintains, upgrades and supports helicopters and fixed wing aircraft and provides a complete solution to clients, according to the client’s requirements.

Airwork’s operations are backed by a world class maintenance, repair and overhaul business which has extensive local and international certification and is one of only a few service centres anywhere in the world to have approved supplier status from a number of the global helicopter and engine manufacturers, including Honeywell and Eurocopter.

Read the full report from the National: CLICK HERE

Captain Alaska added these comments on the incident on Reddit:

This happened less than 12 hours ago, and not much is know about why. All that is known is the right main gear collapsed shortly after landing. You can see this, as the reversers are deployed, meaning the aircraft was safety established on the runway before being deployed, and the collapse occurred later on.

Both pilots were completely uninjured, along with the onboard engineer.

There are major problems with this accident, as as far as we know, the aircraft is sitting roughly in the middle of the only runway.

Honiara International Airport does not have a tug or anything to pull the 737 off the runway, and also does not have any equipment capable of lifting or moving/placing the 737 on something to move it. As of right now, all air traffic (exception of small aircraft/helicopter) cannot land until the 737 is cleared, as there is not enough runway.

Edit: They are now getting a bulldozer to shove the aircraft aside, to allow essential aircraft to land. (Honiara is a small island community, and relies on air traffic)

Edit 2: More photos

Top Copyright Photo: Micheil Keegan/AirlinersGallery.com. ZK-TLC is pictured before the incident arriving at Perth. The airframe was formerly a passenger aircraft operated by USAir/US Airways as N388AU and N519AU before it was converted to a freighter and sold to Airwork in 2007.

Toll Priority: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Captain Alaska. A photo taken at the scene today at Honiara.

Toll (Airwork) 737-300F ZK-TLC (Gear Collapse) Honiara (Captain Alaska)(LR)

Sideral Air Cargo is a new cargo airline in Brazil

Sideral Air Cargo is a new cargo airline in Brazil. On August 31 the new company took delivery of its first freighter. Boeing 737-3S3 (SF) PR-SDL (msn 24060, ex N312AW) was converted by AEI-Aeronautical Engineers. Further details are welcome.