The US Department of Transportation has approved Emirates' application for a blanket statement of authorisation to codeshare with Alaska Airlines for an indefinite period.
The approval relates to cargo services operated by Emirates from the UAE, via the UAE and intermediate points to points in the US and beyond, as well as between the US and any points.
It an extension of the passenger codeshare agreement that Emirates Airlines signed with Alaskan Airlines in 2015, giving customers the simplicity of purchasing 300 daily Alaska Airlines connecting flights using one reservation, and a seamless ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage check experience during the entire journey.
That simplicity will now be available to freight forwarders as well.
Alaskan Airlines operates a fleet of 320 aircraft, the majority of them Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s. It’s air freight capacity is primarily in bellyhold as there are just three Boeing 737 freighter aircraft.
In June this year, Alaskan Airlines merged with Virgin America, expanding its air cargo capacity in bellyhold by 40%.
"Our goal is to create a hassle-free experience for our cargo customer and with additional capacity, we are delivering on that commitment," said Jason Berry, managing director for Alaska Air Cargo.
"With our increased transcontinental connections originating across the west coast, we will be offering more frequency and reliability. Whether you are in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco or New York, you can count on Alaska Air Cargo to deliver."
In addition to increased belly load capacity, Alaska Air Cargo recently upgraded their fleet to include three 737-700 retrofitted freighter aircraft. With the addition of a dedicated all-freighter fleet, Alaska Air Cargo provides reliable scheduled and drop-in service for 19 communities across Alaska; connecting them to the cargo hub in Seattle.