Northern Air Cargo

Northern Air Cargo, LLC (NAC) is an American cargo airline based in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. NAC operates a fleet of Boeing 737-300s and Boeing 737-400s within the state of Alaska, and widebody Boeing 767-300 services throughout the Caribbean and South America. Other services include aircraft maintenance services through its subsidiary, Northern Air Maintenance Services, on demand charters and consolidation of cargo. With a main base at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, NAC also operates out of a hub at Miami International Airport.

Northern Air Cargo
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #NACA002A[1]
HubsTed Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Secondary hubsMiami International Airport
Fleet size7
Destinations22 + charter
Parent companyNorthern Aviation Services, Saltchuk Resources, Inc.
HeadquartersAnchorage, Alaska, USA
Key peopleBetsy Seaton, CEO & President


Northern Air Cargo, LLC was established in 1956 as a charter freight service by Robert "Bobby" Sholton and Maurice Carlton.[2]

In 2018, NAC retired its last Boeing 737-200. Replaced with a new and improved fleet of Boeing 737-300s and 400s.[3]


As of November 2019, Northern Air Cargo, LLC operates scheduled freight services to the following Alaskan domestic destinations:.[4][5] The company also offers charter services.

Northern Air Cargo, LLC also operates in the following Caribbean and South American destinations:[6]

  • Caribbean
    • Bridgetown, Barbados (TBPB / BGI)
    • Kingston, Jamaica (MKJP / KIN)
    • Montego Bay, Jamaica (MKJS / MBJ)
    • Port-au-Prince, Haiti (TTPP / PAP)
    • San Juan, Puerto Rico (TJSJ / SJU)
    • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (MDSD / SDQ)
  • South America
    • Georgetown, Guyana (SYCJ / GEO)
    • Lima, Peru (SPJC / LIM)
    • Paramaribo, Suriname (SMJP / PBM)
    • Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (TTPP / POS)


Northern Air Cargo, LLC's fleet as of August 2019:

Northern Air Cargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 737-300 2 N362NC, N360WA
Boeing 737-400 2 N401YK, N403YK
Boeing 767-300 3 N351CM, N379CX

Previously operated

Northern Air Cargo has previously operated the following aircraft:[2][7]

Northern Air Cargo Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 737-200 1 Retired in February 2019
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, LLC (NAC) currently is contracted to handle passenger services for the following:

  • Scheduled Flights [8]
    • General Air Cargo Service
    • Priority Air Cargo Service
    • Express Air Cargo Service:
    • NACPAC
    • Dangerous Goods:[9]
  • Charters [10]
    • Charter Services

Accidents and incidents

  • On July 20, 1996, Northern Air Cargo Flight 33, a Douglas DC-6 (registration N313RS) 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 folded up. The plane rolled to the right, nose down and slammed into the ground. All 4 on board were killed, including a jump seat passenger, Robert West, a Bush Pilot employed by Grant Aviation. The cause of the crash was determined to be the fatigue on the engine and improper procedures, (failure to feather #3 Prop) during an emergency by the pilots on board.[11]
  • On September 25, 2001, the left wing broke off of a Northern Air Cargo Douglas DC-6BF, registration N867TA, while landing on Alpine Airstrip, AK, on a cargo flight from Deadhorse Airport. Subsequently, the aircraft veered off the left side of the runway and was destroyed in a post-crash fire. All 3 crewmembers on board survived. The aircraft was written off.[12]


  1. "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 57.
  3. "Corporate History | NAC". Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  4. Flight International, 5–11 April 2005
  5. "Routes and Locations | NAC". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  6. "Strat Air | Teamwork that delivers". Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  7. Flight International, 3–9 October 2006
  8. "Scheduled | NAC". Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  9. "Dangerous Goods | NAC". Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  10. "Charters | NAC". Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  11. "ASN aircraft accident Douglas DC-6BF N867TA Deadhorse-Alpine Airstrip, AK (DQH)". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
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