Volume 19  |  June 2021

New managing director, new routes, more nonstops

Managing Director Adam Drouhard

New Managing Director Adam Drouhard talks cargo staffing, fleet and innovation priorities.

For Alaska Air Cargo Managing Director Adam Drouhard, the title may be new, but his history and expertise with the team run deep. Since he started at Alaska Airlines in 2007 as a cargo call center agent, Adam has supported our team and our customers through roles in sales and finance as well as capacity and fleet planning. He has a lifelong love of aviation – earning his pilot’s license while still in high school. And his roots in rural Washington give him a strong appreciation for the remote communities we serve in the state of Alaska and across the West.

As Adam took the helm in a busy spring that also brought the birth of his second son, he shared some of his priorities for the cargo team and looked ahead to the exciting opportunities he sees coming for Alaska Air Cargo and the air-freight industry:

What drew you to work with the Alaska Air Cargo team early in your career?

Adam: “The cargo work rang true to my own experiences growing up in an agricultural area. I understood quickly what we mean to the supply chain for communities – especially in the state of Alaska, but also in other rural places we serve in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Logistics are a challenge, and these are close-knit communities that rely on helping each other. That’s the kind of role we play in cargo.”

What’s one thing you learned in your early years with cargo that still guides you today?

Adam: “Never miss an opportunity to do the right thing. Over the years, we’ve found ways to step up for the communities we serve. The latest one is our push to support the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Alaska. We focused on getting it where it needed to be and being part of a key supply chain for something that was unprecedented. It kind of goes back to the Nome dog-sled race to get medicine out to that community [in 1925]. This was another kind of historic moment.”

What are your biggest priorities as managing director?

Adam: “The immediate emphasis for me is making sure we’re doing the right things in staffing and taking care of our people. As the industry wakes up this year, all airlines are going through this churn. We’re getting people hired as fast as we can. We want to make sure we address customer wait times and that we’re an easy company to work with.

“Then there’s the fleet: We’re in active discussion around what the future fleet looks like for cargo. We know there is opportunity for growth. Right now, we’re going through a process of projecting that out for the years ahead.

“And innovation. We’ve got to get our infrastructure up to speed. We’re already moving toward building something new and innovative on our booking platform, for our customer portals and for our tracking devices out in the field. For the future, we’re making sure we create an environment that is hassle-free for our employees and our customers.”

New cargo service launching for CVG and OKC

Big heart for the heartland: Cincinnati, Oklahoma City service launches in June.

This summer, we begin carrying cargo between Seattle (SEA) and the industrial centers of Cincinnati (CVG) and Oklahoma City (OKC) – giving us more than 80 nonstop cargo routes from our West Coast home base.

Cincinnati is our second nonstop destination in Ohio, joining service to Columbus (CMH). Oklahoma City will be our first cargo destination in Oklahoma. Service begins June 28. Book now at alaskacargo.com.

New daily SEA nonstops to Cincinnati and Oklahoma City

Route Departure Arrival Aircraft
SEA-CVG 10:10 a.m. 5:35 p.m. 737-900ER
CVG-SEA 6:35 p.m. 8:25 p.m. 737-900ER
SEA-OKC 8:15 a.m. 1:50 p.m. 737-800
OKC-SEA 2:45 p.m. 4:50 p.m. 737-800

All times local. Schedule as of May 17, 2021. Flight times, destinations, aircraft type and frequency subject to change.

Fun City Facts

  • Cincinnati is home to America’s first and oldest professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings (now the Cincinnati Reds), founded in 1869.
  • Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest, known as Zinzinnati, is the largest Oktoberfest in the U.S.
  • Cincinnati actually has two nicknames, Porkopolis and the Queen City. The city is famous for its ubiquitous flying pig statues.
  • Astronaut Neil Armstrong and movie director Steven Spielberg were born in Cincinnati. As were Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, actress and singer Doris Day, President William Howard Taft, media mogul Ted Turner, “King of the Cowboys” Roy Rogers and funk musician Bootsy Collins.
  • Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state of Oklahoma, with a greater metropolitan area of nearly 1.3 million residents, spreading over 10 counties, and with the third-largest land area in the United States.
  • Oklahoma City was settled by the historic Land Run of April 22, 1889. The city’s population grew to more than 10,000 people in a single day. Those who snuck in before the official start at high noon were given the name “Sooners.”
  • Oklahoma City has an oil well on its Capitol grounds.
  • Long referred to as OKC and sporting a new nickname of “The Big Friendly,” the city averages more than 300 days of sunshine per year.
Boise, ID

Booming in Boise.

Boise New Daily Service

Boise has grown dramatically in recent years, and we are excited to grow with it. This June, we’re adding two new daily nonstop flights connecting Boise (BOI) with Chicago (ORD) and Austin (AUS), along with a second daily flight to Sacramento (SMF). This gives us 10 destinations from Boise – and more daily flights than any other carrier.

New daily BOI service on E-175 aircraft starting June 17

Route Departure Arrival
BOI-ORD 11:10 a.m. 3:35 p.m.
ORD-BOI 4:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m.
BOI-AUS 11:10 a.m. 3:40 p.m.
AUS-BOI 4:20 p.m. 6:55 p.m.

All times local. Schedule as of May 17, 2021. Flight times, destinations, aircraft type and frequency subject to change.

More Fun City Facts

  • Boise is nicknamed the City of Trees. The state of Idaho contains more than 4.7 million acres of wilderness.
  • You may not want to ride a merry-go-round on Sundays in Boise; it’s illegal. It’s also illegal to give someone a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.
  • Idaho’s state fruit is the huckleberry, the state fish is the cutthroat trout, the state bird is the mountain bluebird and the state vegetable (to the surprise of absolutely no one) is the potato.
  • Boise was named the top mountain biking town in the U.S. by Bike magazine and the No. 1 Adventure City in the country by National Geographic.
Cargo Tips

Six tips to make our shipping tools work harder for you.

Bookmark our tips to get quick answers to common questions, calculate cost estimates and stay up to date on weather-related service changes.

Good news for Anchorage: Nonstop flights to Chicago, Las Vegas now year-round.

This spring, we’ve increased the number of cities with year-round nonstop service to Anchorage (ANC) – adding routes to Chicago (ORD) and Las Vegas (LAS), and expanding service to Phoenix (PHX) and Maui (OGG) from seasonal to year-round.

Three new cities also get summer-season nonstop routes: Denver (DEN), Minneapolis (MSP) and San Francisco (SFO). With 11 destinations, this gives us more nonstop flights between Anchorage and cities across the country than any other carrier.

“We’ll fill the bellies of those planes with seafood as our customers see they can send their fish straight to cities like Chicago,” says Shannon Stevens, Alaska Air Cargo sales manager for the state of Alaska.

With our network of more than 100 destinations, the new routes make it seamless to expedite fresh Alaskan seafood to more markets across North America.

Good news for Anchorage
Summer in Alaska = freighters full of seafood

Summer in Alaska = freighters full of seafood.

Our twice-weekly 737-700 freighter service returned to Dillingham (DLG) May 10, in time for the peak of salmon season on Bristol Bay. Every year, our aircraft carry millions of pounds of fresh Alaska seafood from remote communities destined for markets across the country. Those communities also rely on our freighters to bring in everything from auto parts to plywood to home appliances.

Twice-weekly freighter service also returns to Unalakleet (UNK) in June. And King Salmon (AKN) and Dillingham (DLG) will have expanded 737 belly cargo service for the summer, in addition to freighter service.

Each freighter carries up to 40,000 pounds of cargo, and the aircraft can handle three sizes of cargo containers. Check our freighter schedule for the latest updates.

Seasonal Routes

Destination Start Date Frequency
Dillingham (DLG) May 10, 2021 June: 2x weekly (Wed. and Sat.)
July: 1x daily
August and beyond: 3x weekly
Unalakleet (UNK) June 5, 2021 2x weekly (Tue. and Sat.)
King Salmon (AKN) September 2021 3x weekly
Gold Streak

GoldStreak: How to use our premium shipping service.

When a wildfire breaks out in the rural West, it’s SEKO Logistics’ job to rush communications equipment to the scene for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. And when hospitals in Oregon and Alaska need emergency refills of crucial medications, they call on Cardinal Health to replenish supplies the same day.

For vital shipments like these – ranging in size from bulky industrial equipment to small pharmaceutical packages – SEKO and Cardinal Health rely on Alaska Air Cargo’s GoldStreak Package Express to get their cargo to the place it’s needed as quickly as possible.

GoldStreak provides fast and simple express delivery for crucial shipments. Learn how GoldStreak works for next-flight-out service.

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