Alaska Air Cargo
Volume 25  |  December 2022

Ready, set, grow! Celebrating our 2022 milestones.

This year, we set the stage for exciting long-term growth! We added capacity with 30+ new 737-9 aircraft carrying more payload on longer-range routes, and started cargo service to many new destinations across our 100-city network. Plus, we invested in new technology and bigger freighters – and have more exciting growth opportunities on the horizon for 2023.

2022 Cargo Highlights


Sponsor of AirCargo 2022 in New Orleans.

AirCargo 2022 in New Orleans

Valentine's Day is the biggest holiday for the floral industry, and we kept busy shipping bouquets to sweethearts across our 100-city network. During 2022, we carried more than 1.3 million pounds of fresh flowers.


Fish & ship! We demonstrated our decades of cold-chain expertise at Seafood Expo North America.


Celebrated our tradition of carrying the "first fish" of Copper River salmon from Cordova, Alaska, to Seattle. Throughout the year, we carried more than 20 million pounds of fresh seafood across our network.

First Fish

Started nonstop flights between Anchorage and Salt Lake City. We now serve 12 nonstop destinations in the lower 48 and Hawaii from Anchorage – more than any other carrier.

  • Started cargo service to Miami.
  • Carried an orphaned bear cub from Anchorage to her new home at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. For this baby bear, our Pet Connect service was just right!
Orphaned baby bear

Started cargo service in Cleveland.

  • Celebrated our long partnership with LifeCenter Northwest, which has managed organ donations for the region for more than 25 years. Over the past five years, we've carried more than 14,000 lifesaving organs and tissue samples.
  • Shipped more than 1,200 pounds of fresh Washington hops within 24 hours of harvest to breweries on Maui and in Anchorage.
Fresh Hops
  • Started cargo service to Charleston, S.C.
  • Announced our plan to launch self-service secure lockers for our GoldStreak Express shipments in Seattle.
GoldStreak Express

Selected Boeing as our partner to convert two 737-800 aircraft to freighters in 2023.


Partnered with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to distribute 10,000 pounds of toys to kids in Alaska communities in our 16th annual Toys for Tots drive. Captain Tom Sharkey has led the Alaska Airlines donation effort since 2006.

Toys for Tots

What to watch for in 2023

  • More and bigger bellies! We will increase capacity on our long-range flights as our passenger fleet adds 40 new 737-9 MAX aircraft next year.
  • Exciting new cargo-management tools! Our iCargo system will be designed to make the customer experience more efficient and user-friendly.
  • Freighters! The first converted freighter is expected to enter service by the end of 2023.
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