Northern Air Cargo
|Hubs||Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport|
|Parent company||Saltchuk Resources, Inc.|
|Headquarters||Anchorage, Alaska, USA|
Northern Air Cargo is an American cargo airline based in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. It operates services within Alaska and to Canada and mainland USA. Its main base is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, with a hub at Fairbanks International Airport.
The airline was established in 1956 as a charter freight service by Bobby Sholton and Morrie Carlson. It was Alaska's first scheduled all-cargo airline. Ownership later passed to the Sholton family. Its wholly owned subsidiary, NAC Link (Now Alta Air Logistics), is a freight forwarding company. In February 2006 the airline and its subsidiaries were wholly acquired by Seattle-based Saltchuk Resources. It has 289 employees (at March 2007).
As of August 2012 Northern Air Cargo operates scheduled freight services to the following domestic destinations:
- Anchorage (Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport)
- Aniak (Aniak Airport)
- King Salmon
- Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse
- Red Dog
- St. Mary's
- St Paul Island
As of August 2012 the Northern Air Cargo fleet includes:
Northern Air Cargo currently is contracted to handle passenger services for the following:
- ConocoPhillips (through its Northern Air Maintenance Services division)
As of August 2006 the airline also operated:
Northern Air Cargo, along with Bering Air, Frontier Flying Service, Grant Aviation, PenAir, and Ryan Air, participates in the Flying Can service, which allows rural Alaskan communities to recycle aluminum cans and now number 1 PET bottles in cooperation with Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling.
Incidents and accidents
- July 20, 1996: Northern Air Cargo Flight 33, a Douglas DC-6 was flying a cargo route (Emmonak-Aniak) when it crashed as it attempted an emergency landing at Russian Mission. The emergency landing was due to the #3 engine catching fire. As the plane made its approach and when it was turning to final, its right wing was seen fold up. The plane rolled to the right, nose down and slammed into the ground. All 4 on board were killed, including Robert West, a great bush pilot employed by Grant Aviation. The cause of the crash was determined to be the fatigue on the engine and the improper procedures regarding an emergency by the pilots on board.