Volume 22 | March 2022
MAX-ing cargo, entrepreneurs in Alaska, and iCargo is coming.
MAX-ing cargo opportunities for 2022.
More than 30 new Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft will join our fleet this year. The MAX planes deliver higher fuel efficiency and additional long-range, nonstop route options — which translate to expanded opportunities for cargo.
The new aircraft are about the same size as the 737-900ERs they replace, so cargo-hold dimensions will remain the same. But the more efficient engines can accommodate heavier cargo loads on many of our longest cross-country and Pacific routes.
- Engine: CFM International LEAP-1B.
- Length: 138 ft, 2 in (42.1 m).
- Range: 3,250 nm.
- Typical Cruise Speed: 530 mph (853 km/h).
- Wingspan: (with winglets) 117 ft, 10 in (35.9 m).
- Max. Cruising Altitude: 41,000 ft (12,497 m).
The unique stories of three Alaskan Native entrepreneurs.
Being an entrepreneur in Alaska can have complex logistics challenges.
On any given workday, Vince Schuerch may be shipping heaters to Scammon Bay on the far western coast of Alaska so his construction crews can work through the winter. Alice Bioff might be tracking a shipment of her Naataq Gear jackets from the Lower 48 to Nome. And Cliff Johnson could be strategizing how to get equipment to job sites in Little Diomede, a tiny Alaska island where everything arrives by either helicopter or barge.
Alaska Air Cargo is proud to bring shipping solutions to these business owners.
New regional sales team managers bring a wealth of expertise.
Regional Cargo Sales Manager, Pacific Northwest and Mountain
Amy Wilson is a valued Alaska Air Cargo team member who has supported our national cargo accounts for more than a decade. Now she’s bringing her deep knowledge of our network — along with 20-plus years of experience across Alaska Air Group — to her new role as Cargo Sales Manager for the Pacific Northwest and Mountain regions. Amy is based in Seattle, but loves to travel, and in her spare time you might find her anywhere from Idaho, where she grew up, to the wine regions of Italy.
Regional Cargo Sales Manager, California
Mike Narowski is our new Cargo Sales Manager supporting customers throughout California. Based in Los Angeles, Mike brings more than a dozen years of experience in business development, operations, and customer service at our oneworld partner, American Airlines. Mike is a world traveler, an aviation enthusiast, and a longtime Southern California resident.
Station Spotlight: New York City
Did you know…
- We offer 22 daily nonstop flights from New York (JFK) and Newark (EWR) to West Coast destinations like San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), and Seattle (SEA).
- Our robust West Coast network provides multiple options for seamless connections to Honolulu (HNL) and Anchorage (ANC).
- Our JFK and EWR stations have coolers to keep perishables fresh, offer our premium next-flight GoldStreak Express service, and are open seven days a week.
Florida’s blooming business.
The fresh roses snapped up by Valentine’s Day shoppers travel thousands of miles over four days — from South America via Florida — to bloom in the aisles of Alaska’s Carrs-Safeway and Costco stores. The teamwork between Alaska Air Cargo and Falcon Farms makes it possible for sweethearts to focus on the bouquets’ beauty, not the journey.
- The U.S. floral industry is worth $5 billion.
- Ecuador is the world’s largest producer of roses.
- Colombia supplies 70% of the U.S. flower market, shipping more than 4 billion flowers to the U.S. annually.
- 69% of all Mother’s Day gifts in 2018 were flowers.
- Alaska Air Cargo’s volume of floral shipments has increased 50% over the past two years.
The floral industry is an increasingly important part of Alaska Air Cargo’s business, and flowers shipped out of Orlando (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Anchorage (ANC) and Honolulu (HNL) account for a significant part of this growth. Next summer will bring even more opportunities to Florida: In June, we will add nonstop service between Seattle (SEA) and Miami (MIA), and additional flights to Fort Lauderdale.
iCargo is our choice for a cargo management system.
We’re excited to announce that airline-industry expert IBS Software will be our partner to upgrade the technology that routes and manages cargo throughout our network. IBS Software has pioneered the iCargo system supporting everything from air cargo reservations to warehouse operations to account management.
The upgrade over the next year will transform our sales, terminal operations, accounting and mobile experiences. The iCargo system also streamlines communications, and customers will be able to efficiently manage all aspects of their accounts via a new online portal. Rollout is planned for Q1 2023.
What’s next: Watch for updates and opportunities to share your feedback as we are refining the customer tools.
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