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Aloha Air Cargo

Aloha Air Cargo
Founded July 26, 1946 (as Trans-Pacific Airlines)[1]
Commenced operations May 15, 2008 (Separation from now-defunct Aloha Airlines)
Hubs Honolulu International Airport
Subsidiaries Aloha Tech Ops
Fleet size 8 (5 active, 3 stored)
Destinations 5
Parent company Saltchuk Resources, Inc.
Headquarters Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Key people David Karp (President & CEO)
Patrick Rosa (COO)

Aloha Air Cargo is an American cargo airline headquartered in Honolulu CDP, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii,[2][3] operating from a hub at Honolulu International Airport. Formerly part of Aloha Airlines, it became an independent cargo operator following the closure of the passenger airline in 2008.


  • History 1
  • Destinations 2
    • United States 2.1
      • Hawaii 2.1.1
      • California 2.1.2
  • Fleet 3
  • Incidents 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
    • Bibliography 6.1
  • External links 7


Aloha Airlines was formed in 1946 and expanded over the next few decades. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2004 an attempt to cut costs and remain competitive with other airlines serving Hawaii. Following approval of new labor contracts and securing additional investment from new investors, the airline emerged from bankruptcy protection on February 17, 2006. The airline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection again on March 20, 2008.[4] Ten days later, on March 30, 2008, Aloha Airlines announced the suspension of all scheduled passenger flights, with the final day of operation to be March 31, 2008.[5]

After the shutdown of passenger operations, Aloha and its creditors sought to auction off its profitable cargo and contract services division. Several companies expressed interest in purchasing Aloha's cargo division, including Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.[7]

Aloha Air Cargo Boeing 737-200C.

Saltchuk Resources decided to renew its bid to purchase the cargo division at the urging of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, and a deal between Aloha and Saltchuk was struck and approved by the federal bankruptcy court, where Saltchuk would purchase the cargo division for $10.5 million.[8] The sale was approved by federal Bankruptcy Judge Lloyd King on May 12, 2008, with the sale expected to close two days later.[9]

Prior to its bid for Aloha, Saltchuk Resources was already present in Hawaii through its subsidiaries Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge, Hawaii Fuel Network, Maui Petroleum and Minit Stop Stores. The company also owns Northern Air Cargo, Alaska's largest cargo airline. A new subsidiary, Aeko Kula Inc., was set up by Saltchuk to operate Aloha Air Cargo.

On May 15, 2008 the airline received its FAA and Department of Transport authority to operate as an independent airline. The airline went through a big transformation in the first two years of operation. The airline's first president, Mike Malik, rebranded the airline; launched a host of new products and services; and established "Aloha Tech Ops", the MRO division. During this time the airline won numerous awards and was named Hawaii's Cargo Airline of the year for 2008.[10]


United States



Aloha Air Cargo Locations & Maps


As of June 2014, the Aloha Air Cargo fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[11]


  • October 16th, 2014 - N301KH a Boeing 737-300F performing freight flight from Lanai, HI to Honolulu, HI experienced a cargo shift on take-off but the crew managed to control the aircraft and continued for a safe landing in Honolulu. The shifting cargo damaged the rear bulkhead. The incident is currently under investigation. [20]

See also


  1. ^ Norwood, Tom; Wegg, John (2002). North American Airlines Handbook (3rd ed.). Sandpoint, ID: Airways International. p. 9.  
  2. ^ "Honolulu CDP, HI." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  3. ^ "Locations." Aloha Air Cargo. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  4. ^ Blair, Chad (2008-03-20). "Aloha Airlines files for second bankruptcy in 3 years, blames go! for losses".  
  5. ^ McAvoy, Audrey (2008-03-30). "Aloha Airlines halting passenger service".  
  6. ^ Segal, Dave (2008-04-02). "Turbulent aftermath".  
  7. ^ a b Segal, Dave (2008-04-29). "Bidders drop out and funding halts".  
  8. ^ Segal, Dave (2008-05-02). "Return flight".  
  9. ^ Segal, Dave (2008-05-13). "Court allows Seattle firm to buy Aloha’s cargo division".  
  10. ^ Segal, Dave (2008-05-15). "'"Aloha Air Cargo is 'official.  
  11. ^ Gomes, Andrew (2008-04-01). "Aloha's cargo unit still in business".  
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  15. ^ ALOHA AIR CARGO SELECTS AEI's B737-300SF 9 PALLET CONVERSION Retrieved 2014-04-22
  16. ^ Aloha Air Cargo B733 Orders
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  19. ^ Aloha Air Cargo Fleet of SF3 (Active)
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  • Forman, Peter (2005). Wings of Paradise: Hawaii's Incomparable Airlines. Kailua, HI: Barnstormer Books.  
  • Young, Branden (July–August 2006). "Aloha Airlines: Ready to Protect Their Beachfront in Paradise".  

External links

  • Aloha Airlines Cargo
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