Northwest Airlines and Korean Air entered a code-sharing agreement that will enable both airlines to carry international cargo on each other's scheduled freighter flights between Asia and the United States.
It is the first such agreement under a provision authored by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska allowing for U.S. and foreign carriers to transfer international cargo in Alaska, where Anchorage is a key transit point for trans-Pacific freighter operators.
Under the agreement, the two carriers are able to sell cargo space for their customers on each other's code-shared flights.
Northwest is placing its "NW" code on cargo flights operated by Korean Air from Seoul to Anchorage, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft.Worth and San Francisco, complementing Northwest's 747 freighter service from nine Asia-Pacific destinations to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Cincinnati through its cargo hub at Anchorage. Korean Air, in turn, is marketing its "KE" airline code on Northwest-operated freighters from Anchorage to Chicago and Cincinnati and between Seoul and Anchorage.
Three times a week, some Korean Air freighters arriving in Anchorage park next to Northwest freighters at the Northwest Cargo hub in Anchorage. Cargo arriving from Asia is transferred between Northwest and Korean Air freighters for connecting flights to the lower 48 states. The process repeats itself for Asia-bound cargo. This activity is expected to become daily later this year.
"The code-sharing agreement ? makes our Anchorage hub a stronger platform for growth as we prepare for additional flights into China," said Jim Friedel, president of Northwest Airlines Cargo.