ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Northwest Airlines is expanding its cargo operation by one-third at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the airline announced Wednesday.
Northwest is moving out of its current facility and leasing cargo offices and warehouse space from Alaska CargoPort. The new lease will give Northwest space to park four wide-body cargo planes. The space can be expanded to provide eight slots.
The announcement comes after Northwest Airline's Cargo acquired two more Boeing 747-200 aircraft, which boosts its fleet to 12.
''We are excited about this new facility in Anchorage and the potential it gives Northwest to grow our global freighter network,'' said Jim Friedel, Northwest Airlines Cargo's vice president and general manager.
Ray Brimble, owner of Lynx Holdings, LLC, one of the partners involved in the CargoPort project, said the agreement with Northwest is what they had in mind.
''Since Northwest Airlines is the most experienced carrier over the northern east-west routes, it's not surprising that they were the ones to recognize and take advantage of Anchorage's unique global location,'' Brimble said.
Airport director Morton V. Plumb, Jr., said the announcement is inline with a plan to expand and attract cargo business. The new facility is especially designed to address the needs of airports and cargo carriers. It provides warehousing with rampside access, parking for wide-body aircraft, fueling stations and office space.
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