SEATTLE — Alaska Air Cargo is introducing a new in-seat package stowage system to allow full use of an Alaska Airlines passenger aircraft in a cargo-only configuration. As the North American launch customer for HAECO Cabin Solutions’ design, the interior package stowage containers allow Alaska Air Cargo to fill the main cabin passenger seats with an additional 13,500 pounds of cargo on top of what a passenger-only cargo flight can carry.
Alaska Air Cargo has used passenger aircraft previously with limited freighter service, but until now, was unable to use the passenger seats. This innovative, FAA-approved design allows cargo personnel to use all available space on the main deck for essential goods like mail, medical equipment, e-commerce packages and other freight.
"Our teams have been working since spring to identify the safest and most effective processes to increase our cargo capacity,” said Torque Zubeck, managing director of Alaska Air Cargo. “HAECO’s design will allow us to maximize the available space, increase our cargo capacity and protect the supply chain by connecting critical cargo to the communities we serve during this public health crisis."
In addition to Air Cargo's dedicated three freighters, one Boeing 737-900 passenger aircraft is being utilized as a cargo-only aircraft. Each flight will carry up to 30,000 pounds, which includes belly capacity.
“We are pleased with the continued partnership we have with Alaska Airlines, having performed heavy maintenance and reconfiguration work to them for over a decade. We are delighted that we can also offer a quick, cost-effective solution to maximize cargo yields in their passenger cabins during this challenging time,” said Doug Rasmussen, President and Group Director of HAECO Cabin Solutions.
The crew for these cargo flights will consist of two pilots and two Cargo Load Agents. Cargo Load Agents provide oversight of loading, ensure proper tagging, cargo integrity, provide fire suppression if required, and make sure cargo is safe and secure within the in-seat package stowage system.