Aloha Air Cargo
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedJuly 26, 1946; 77 years ago (1946-07-26)
(as Trans-Pacific Airlines)[1]
Commenced operationsMay 15, 2008; 15 years ago (2008-05-15)
(spinoff from the collapsed Aloha Airlines)
AOC #TSAA174M[2]
HubsDaniel K. Inouye International Airport
SubsidiariesAloha Tech Ops
Fleet size4
Parent companyNorthern Aviation Services, Saltchuk
HeadquartersHonolulu, Hawaii, United States
Key peopleBetsy Seaton (President & CEO)

Aeko Kula, LLC, DBA Aloha Air Cargo, is an all-cargo airline in the United States, headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii,[3][4] operating from a hub at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Formerly Aloha Airlines, it became an independent cargo operator following the closure of the passenger airline in 2008.


Main article: Aloha Airlines

Aloha Airlines was formed in 1946 and expanded over the next few decades. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawaii in 2004 in an attempt to cut costs and remain competitive with other airlines serving Hawaii. Following approval of new labor contracts and securing additional investment from new investors, the airline emerged from bankruptcy protection on February 17, 2006. The airline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection again on March 20, 2008.[5] Ten days later, on March 30, 2008, Aloha Airlines announced the suspension of all scheduled passenger flights, with the final day of operation to be March 31, 2008.[6]

After the shutdown of passenger operations, Aloha and its creditors sought to auction off its profitable cargo and contract services division. Several companies expressed interest in purchasing Aloha's cargo division, including Seattle-based Saltchuk Resources, California-based Castle & Cooke Aviation, and Hawaii-based Kahala Capital (which included Richard Ing, a minority investor in the Aloha Air Group and member of Aloha's board of directors).[7] However, a disagreement between cargo division bidders and Aloha's primary lender, GMAC Commercial Finance, ended with the bidders dropping out of the auction.[8] Almost immediately afterwards, GMAC halted all funding to Aloha's cargo division, forcing all cargo operations to cease; at the same time, Aloha's board of directors decided to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization filing into a Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.[8][9]

Aloha Air Cargo Boeing 737-200C.

Saltchuk Resources decided to renew its bid to purchase the cargo division at the urging of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, and a deal between Aloha and Saltchuk was struck and approved by the federal bankruptcy court, where Saltchuk would purchase the cargo division for $10.5 million.[10] The sale was approved by federal Bankruptcy Judge Lloyd King on May 12, 2008, with the sale expected to close two days later.[11]

Prior to its bid for Aloha, Saltchuk Resources was already present in Hawaii through its subsidiaries Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge, Hawaii Fuel Network, Maui Petroleum and Minit Stop Stores. The company also owns Northern Air Cargo, Alaska's largest cargo airline. A new subsidiary, Aeko Kula, LLC., was set up by Saltchuk to operate Aloha Air Cargo.

On May 15, 2008, the airline received its FAA and Department of Transport authority to operate as an independent airline. The airline went through a big transformation in the first two years of operation. The airline's first president, Mike Malik, rebranded the airline; launched a host of new products and services; and established "Aloha Tech Ops", the MRO division. During this time the airline won numerous awards and was named Hawaii's Cargo Airline of the year for 2008.[12]


United States






The Aloha Air Cargo fleet consisted of the following aircraft, as of August 2016:[13]

Aloha Air Cargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Active Orders Cargo
Boeing 737-300F 3 42,900 lbs
Boeing 767-300F 1 TBA Operated by Air Transport International.[14]

The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft (as of June 2014):[15]


See also


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  14. ^ "N399CM Aloha Air Cargo Boeing 767-300".
  15. ^ Gomes, Andrew (2008-04-01). "Aloha's cargo unit still in business". The Honolulu Advertiser. Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-04-01.
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