Aloha Air Cargo Breaks Ground for New Air Cargo Facility in Honolulu
Honolulu, HI (May 2, 2013) – Aloha Air Cargo, Hawaii’s largest and preferred air freight carrier (www.AlohaAirCargo.com), held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new air cargo facility today, which will consolidate existing cargo operations, aircraft maintenance, loading docks, support offices, and customer service operations into an integrated facility on the west side of the airport near the end of Elliott Street and Hale Kinai Road. The facility initiates the kick-off for the Hawaii Airports Modernization Program – part of Governor Neil Abercrombie’s New Day Work Projects. In attendance were Governor Abercrombie, Deputy Airport Director Ford Fuchigami, Kahu Kelekona Bishaw, Aloha Air Cargo Executives and employees, and various key customers and local Hawaii businesses.
“This expansion project is an investment in Aloha Air Cargo’s future in serving the people and businesses of Hawaii, connecting individuals and the industry both within and beyond our islands,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “The project is also the initial step in a historic, statewide airports modernization program that will generate thousands of jobs and increase the efficiency and scalability of our state’s most utilized and visible transportation hubs. These investments will ultimately improve not only the visitor and kamaaina experiences but meet and exceed security and environmental requirements.”
Aloha’s cargo facility will act as its primary operational hub, which will coordinate logistics efforts with the company’s Statewide shipping network across all major airports including Lihue, Kauai (LIH), Kahului, Maui (OGG), Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (KOA), and Hilo, Hawaii (ITO).
The groundbreaking is a perfect segue into Aloha Air Cargo’s 5-year anniversary as an independent cargo company which takes place on May 14, 2013. The cargo carrier continues to grow and strengthen its core cargo business, while expanding its offerings to become a formidable logistics solutions provider – coming a long way since its much beloved predecessor, Aloha Airlines, closed its doors in March 2008.
“Our new operational hub, coupled with our pending 5-year anniversary, is a testament to the vision, success, and passion of our employees,” said Pat Rosa, Chief Operating Officer for Aloha Air Cargo. “Our investment in this state of the art facility represents Aloha’s ongoing commitment to the people and business’ of Hawaii that we are here for the long haul, supporting Hawaii commerce not just as a means for commercial transport, but as an integral link connecting every industry and person within the Hawaiian Islands and beyond.”
The new cargo facility and hangar will be 115,000 square feet, including over 2,400 square feet of refrigerator capacity and five (5) drive-up docks for shippers. Structural considerations were made to incorporate over 31,000 square feet of buildup area under roof for cargo to be sheltered from the elements, wind, sun, and rain. Completion of the facility is projected at the end of first quarter 2014. Until then, operations will not be impacted, and Aloha will continue to serve more than 2,000 local businesses who rely on the cargo carrier to move over 100 million pounds of freight annually into and across the State.
For more information on Aloha Air Cargo, please call toll free 888-94-ALOHA (25642) or visit www.AlohaAirCargo.com.
About Aloha Air Cargo
Headquartered in Honolulu, Aloha Air Cargo, www.AlohaAirCargo.com, delivers fast, economical and reliable transport of goods between the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii. It became an independent cargo operator after the closure of Aloha Airlines passenger services in May 2008. Aloha Tech Ops is a division of Aloha Air Cargo and provides maintenance and engineering services to airlines in the State of Hawaii. Aloha Air Cargo is owned by Seattle-based Saltchuk Resources, which has been doing business in Hawaii since 2000 when it acquired Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge. Committed to the welfare of Hawaii and strengthening the local economy, the company also acquired Hawaii Fuel Network, Maui Petroleum and Minit Stop Stores in 2006.