Emi­rates gets ap­proval for air freight code­share with Alaskan Air­lines

Alaskan Air­lines op­er­ates a fleet of 320 air­craft made up of Boe­ing 737s and Air­bus A320s

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The US De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion has ap­proved Emi­rates’ ap­pli­ca­tion for a blan­ket state­ment of au­tho­ri­sa­tion to code­share with Alaska Air­lines for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod. The ap­proval re­lates to cargo ser­vices op­er­ated by Emi­rates from the UAE, via the UAE and in­ter­me­di­ate points to points in the US and be­yond, as well as be­tween the US and any points.

It an ex­ten­sion of the pas­sen­ger code­share agree­ment that Emi­rates Air­lines signed with Alaskan Air­lines in 2015, giv­ing cus­tomers the sim­plic­ity of pur­chas­ing 300 daily Alaska Air­lines con­nect­ing flights us­ing one reser­va­tion, and a seam­less tick­et­ing, check-in, board­ing and bag­gage check ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the en­tire jour­ney.

That sim­plic­ity will now be avail­able to freight for­warders as well.

Alaskan Air­lines op­er­ates a fleet of 320 air­craft, the ma­jor­ity of them Boe­ing 737s and Air­bus A320s. Its air freight ca­pac­ity is pri­mar­ily in belly hold as there are just three Boe­ing 737 freighter air­craft.

In June this year, Alaskan Air­lines merged with Vir­gin Amer­ica, ex­pand­ing its air cargo ca­pac­ity in belly hold by 40%.

“Our goal is to cre­ate a has­sle-free ex­pe­ri­ence for our cargo cus­tomer and with ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity, we are de­liv­er­ing on that com­mit­ment,” said Jason Berry, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Alaska Air Cargo.

“With our in­creased transcon­ti­nen­tal con­nec­tions orig­i­nat­ing across the west coast, we will be of­fer­ing more fre­quency and re­li­a­bil­ity.”

In ad­di­tion to in­creased belly load ca­pac­ity, Alaska Air Cargo re­cently up­graded their fleet to in­clude three 737-700 retro­fit­ted freighter air­craft.

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