Carrying On: Keeping our Communities Connected Through Cargo

Disaster response

While our nearly empty cabins signal the difficult new reality facing the airline industry, the containers that fill the bellies of our aircraft tell a different, more uplifting, story.

Even with our significantly reduced flight schedule, our cargo team has been working tirelessly to maintain critical service for shippers and transport much-needed items from the U.S. mainland to help local businesses keep shelves filled, allow organizations to continue supporting our most vulnerable residents, and move critical medical supplies between the islands.

Each day approximately 112,000 pounds of cargo is carried across our network, including produce and other perishables but also time-sensitive products within the state like pharmaceuticals and Blood Bank of Hawai‘i shipments. We are currently transporting cargo between Hawai‘i and Los Angeles and San Francisco with wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft, and within the islands with our narrow-body Boeing 717 jets and ATR 72 all-cargo turboprop aircraft.

When the Salvation Army's Kroc CenterOpens external link to page that may not meet accessibility guidelines needed a quick shipment of disposable food containers after COVID-19 caused demand for its meal assistance program to double, our team was ready to help. Last week, we transported 20,000 meal containers from San Francisco to Honolulu, allowing the organization to serve more kupuna, keiki and families on O‘ahu.