Northern Air Cargo

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Northern Air Cargo
Northern Air Cargo Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1956
Hubs Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Subsidiaries Alta Air Logistics
Fleet size 5
Destinations 19
Parent company Saltchuk Resources, Inc.
Headquarters Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Employees 289 (2007)

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.[1]


Northern Air Cargo 737 landing at Anchorage 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).[1]


As of January 2016 Northern Air Cargo operates scheduled freight services to the following domestic destinations:[2]


As of January 2016 the Northern Air Cargo fleet includes:[1]

Northern Air Cargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 737-200 4 One in storage
Boeing 737-300 2
A Fairchild C-82A „Packet“ of NAC, April 1985

Previously operated[edit]

Northern Air Cargo has previously operated the following aircraft:[3]

Northern Air Cargo Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 737-400 1 Leased from Miami Air for passenger transport
ATR 42-300 1
Boeing 727-100F 3 One crashed (N190AJ)
Boeing 727-100C 1
Douglas DC-6 13 Two crashed (N867TA) and (N313RS)
Fairchild C-82 2


Northern Air Cargo currently is contracted to handle passenger services for the following:

  • ConocoPhillips (through its Northern Air Maintenance Services division)

Community awareness[edit]

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.[4]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On July 20, 1996, Northern Air Cargo Flight 33, a Douglas DC-6 was flying from (Emmonak to 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 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.[5]
  • While landing in Deadhorse, AK, on September 25, 2001, the left wing broke off of a Douglas DC-6BF, registration N867TA. Subsequently, the aircraft veered off the left side of the runway and was destroyed in a post-crash fire. All on board survived. The aircraft was written off.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 57. 
  2. ^ Flight International, 5–11 April 2005
  3. ^ Flight International, 3–9 October 2006
  4. ^ Tuttle, Logan (16 June 2010). "Rural recycling finds a PET project". The Arctic Sounder. Alaska Newspapers, Inc. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "ASN aircraft accident Douglas DC-6BF N867TA Deadhorse-Alpine Airstrip, AK (DQH)". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 

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