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Anchorage Pacific Air-to-Sea Service (Alaska PASS)

Alaska PASS is positioned to provide capacity relief for the supply chain challenges felt across the country.

Research by Naniq Global Logistics quantifies an opportunity for new multi-modal transportation lanes between Asia and the United States that pass through Anchorage.

Alaska PASS consists of an air cargo flight from Asia to Anchorage,

  • transloading in Anchorage to an ocean vessel (or truck for Alaska PASS+) for transport to Seattle/Tacoma.
  • transloading in Seattle/Tacoma to truck for delivery to the final destination’s door.
  • capable of bi-directional flows that work in reverse to the benefit of US exports to Asia.

How does this work?

With the fourth busiest cargo airport in the world, Anchorage sits under the world’s most valuable trade lane between Asia and North America, but every week, five ocean vessels leave the Port of Alaska bound for the Port of Tacoma filled with empty containers and truck trailers.

The capacity of the empty containers would take 151 fully loaded Boeing 747 freighter aircraft to take advantage of this capacity. Implementing Alaska PASS provides an immediate increase in capacity for the supply chain.

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In the MEDIA

AEDC and Anchorage Airport team up for Alaska shipping initiative, hoping to relieve West Coast supply chain woes
Alaska’s News Source, Nov. 17, 2021
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Anchorage economic and airport leaders pitch new cargo shipping initiative to ease supply chain disruptions
Alaska Public Media, Nov. 18, 2021
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Marketing Anchorage for Air-to-Sea cargo transport
Alaska Business Magazine, Nov. 18, 2021
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Anchorage airport pitches a new shipping option through Alaska to help unclog West Coast bottlenecks
Anchorage Daily News, Nov. 18, 2021
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Supply chain initiative continues to push for new air-to-sea cargo route through Alaska
Alaska’s News Source, Feb. 11, 2022
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