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Aloha Air Cargo takes flight again newly replacing two aircraft in fleet

July 3, 2014

HONOLULU – Aloha Air Cargo, Hawaii’s leading all-cargo air carrier, announced today the initiation of its fleet replacement plan with the purchase of two, new Boeing 737-300SF All Cargo Converted aircraft. The first B737-300 (KH301) recently entered operations with the second plane (KH302) currently in its initial maintenance check, and scheduled to be delivered into Honolulu during the third quarter of this year – enhancing the carrier’s fleet mix to two B737-300s, two B737-200s, and three Saab 340A Turbo-props.

Photo courtesy of Commercial JetThe B737-300 boasts nine full cargo positions totaling upwards of 39,000 lbs of payload capacity; that is two positions and nearly 10,000 lbs more than its sister aircraft, the B737-200 that Aloha currently flies. With ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Operations) capability, more fuel efficient and quieter engines, and a greatly reduced environmental footprint, the airframe is superior in every way.

“Our current fleet of four Boeing 737-200 aircraft has served Aloha and our predecessor very well over the last several decades, but timing is key to begin transitioning to a newer airframe,” said Pat Rosa, Chief Operating Officer for Aloha Air Cargo. “We are excited to invest in the future of our company and its employees by adding the 737-300s to our fleet. With this addition, Aloha Air Cargo will continue to build upon its 30 year history for providing safe and reliable cargo services to our communities in Hawaii and beyond.”

As a leader in aviation and air cargo transportation, Aloha Air Cargo is continually exploring innovative ways to grow its business, while providing the greatest value for its customers. The addition of these two B737-300 planes shows Aloha’s long term vision to transition to a more widely supported airframe which it has had proven experience with under its predecessor, Aloha Airlines.

Aloha Air Cargo offers a number of unique services such as Aloha Same Day, Overnight, and FlexShip including shipping of: animals and high-value items, plus perishable and dangerous goods. Carrying nearly 70 percent of the total interisland air-freight, monthly operations include approximately 1,000 departures to or from every major airport destination within the state of Hawaii, including: Honolulu, Kahului, Lihue, Hilo and Kona. Aloha Air Cargo is committed to meeting any cargo need with the care and attention that it has provided to its customers for more than three decades.

For more information on Aloha Air Cargo, please call toll free 888-94-ALOHA (26542) or visit AlohaAirCargo.com.

Aloha Air 100x100-01About Aloha Air Cargo

Headquartered in Honolulu, Aloha Air Cargo delivers fast, economical and reliable transport of goods between the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii. It became an independent cargo operator after the closure of Aloha Airlines passenger services in May 2008. Aloha Tech Ops is a division of Aloha Air Cargo and provides maintenance and engineering services to airlines in the State of Hawaii.

Aloha Air Cargo is owned by Seattle-based Saltchuk, which has been doing business in Hawaii since 2000 when it acquired Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge. Committed to the welfare of Hawaii and strengthening the local economy, the company also acquired Hawaii Fuel Network, Maui Petroleum and Minit Stop Stores in 2006.

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