Alaska Air Cargo
Volume 28  |  September 2023

iCargo update, long-haul capabilities, schedule alerts and flying cougars.

New iCargo system launches Oct. 21.

New iCargo system launches Oct. 21.

On Saturday, October 21, our revamped end-to-end cargo-management system will go live with improved tools to help you manage your shipments. Over the next few weeks, you’ll receive regular email updates from us with key dates and guidance for ensuring a smooth transition to the new system.

What To Expect:

  • September 23: The current online booking system closes. To initiate or change bookings scheduled from September 23 through October 21, please contact us.
  • The week of October 9: Online booking reopens.
  • If you have an existing online account, you will receive access instructions and can start booking shipments scheduled to depart from October 21 onward.
  • If you don’t have an online account but would like one, please email us. Our team can help you set up your account.
  • October 21: iCargo system launches!

Embargoes During The Transition:

  • October 14-20 collect-payment embargo: All shipments must be prepaid in advance or at drop-off.
  • October 19-24 embargoes: International cargo and domestic shipments that include human remains or live animals.

All other shipments will continue during the transition. All of our stations will be open and maintain normal business hours.

What you can do with the new tools starting October 21:

  • See all of your shipments on one screen
  • Build templates for recurring shipments
  • Add users to manage your account

We know change is challenging; THANK YOU for working with us on this transition. This launch is just the beginning of efficiency and tool improvements we’re making for you throughout our operation in the months ahead.

Questions? Email us.

How our freighters help Bristol Bay fishing families bring sustainable sockeye salmon to your table.

Photography by Joe Nicholson / Alaska Airlines
Photography by Joe Nicholson / Alaska Airlines

Over half the world’s sockeye salmon comes from Bristol Bay in Southwest Alaska. Last year, a record 82 million sockeye returned to the bay.


About 600,000 pounds of the salmon caught last year was carried fresh out of the Bristol Bay community of King Salmon (AKN) on Alaska Air Cargo freighters, destined for restaurants and grocery stores — and ultimately, diners’ plates — across the country and around the world.

The sustainable sockeye fishery sustains multigenerational fishing families, as well as businesses in the communities around the bay. As the appetite for fresh Bristol Bay sockeye grows, we’re investing in freighter payload capabilities to serve these communities — and carry sustainable salmon to more destinations across the country.

By the beginning of 2024, we will add two new, larger freighters that essentially double our fleet’s capacity. Those freighters will also be certified to fly long hauls over open water, including nonstop from remote communities like King Salmon to Seattle.


Schedule alert! New cross-country opportunities.

Our network is growing with new routes this fall to connect our customers in California with Florida and the Northeast, as well as new nonstop flights between Las Vegas (LAS) and Mexico. Look for these opportunities coming online during the next few months.

New California-East Coast routes

San Diego (SAN) Tampa (TPA) October 5
Tampa (TPA) San Diego (SAN) October 5
Palm Springs (PSP) New York (JFK) December 14
New York (JFK) Palm Springs (PSP) December 14

Other exciting routes starting this fall

Miami (MIA) Portland (PDX) November 17
Portland (PDX) Miami (MIA) November 17
Orange County (SNA) Bozeman (BZN) December 14
Bozeman (BZN) Orange County (SNA) December 14
Orange County (SNA) Tucson (TUS) December 14
Tucson (TUS) Orange County (SNA) December 14

Two cougar kittens and their tails of travel.

2 cougar kittens
Photo courtesy of Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Young cougar siblings orphaned in Southwest Washington are now the coolest cats in the Northeast, settling into their new home at Philadelphia Zoo after a cross-country flight in the care of Alaska Air Cargo.

The siblings were only about 12 weeks old, hungry and dehydrated, when they were discovered wandering through farmland by themselves, said Rich Beausoleil, bear and cougar specialist for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. He worked with Philadelphia Zoo and the Alaska Air Cargo team on a plan for the kittens’ trip to Philadelphia.

“We’ve had just a great relationship with Alaska over the years,” he said, estimating he’s shipped more than 50 wild animals for the state of Washington using Alaska Air Cargo’s Pet Connect service. “We appreciate the friendly cargo booking agents at Sea-Tac, who always take a keen interest in the wild animals and their safety.”

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