About NAC

Proving Exceptional Shipping Services

Northern Air Cargo has served as Alaska’s largest, all-cargo airline since 1956 and has grown to provide cargo and charter services across the country and beyond. NAC offers a variety of options for air transportation and the ability to help our customers find solutions to all of their shipment needs.
Northern Air Cargo is committed to providing safe, reliable and cost-effective aviation services for our customers and create a great place for our employees to build long-term career through teamwork, timely delivery of services, care in handling property, responsive customer service at all levels, and fair and consistent pricing.
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Our Values


Nothing is more important than having each of us go home to our families without being injured at work. As such, we have an overall goal of zero incidents across all business lines and aggressively work toward that goal.


We strive to deliver reliable and dependable service to our customers. We conduct business with honesty and integrity and believe that ethical conduct is an essential part of achieving operational excellence and financial success.


Our success depends on the dedication and engagement of each of us. We take pride in exceptional performance and are committed to our people and the communities that we serve.

Corporate History

Northern Air Cargo has been operating in Alaska since before statehood. Originally founded in 1956 as a partnership between Robert “Bobby” Sholton and Maurice Carlton, the airline was established as a charter airfreight service, utilizing two C-82 “Flying Boxcars.” The airline pioneered delivery of oversized cargo, such as generators and vehicles to remote DEW line sites, mines, and settlements. NAC also provided delivery of freight to rural communities on a charter basis and provided assistance with many emergency situations including the Good Friday Earthquake of 1964.

Throughout the early years, the company developed a reputation for delivering what the customer needed, regardless of the shipment’s size. It was this capability and the dedication of staff that propelled NAC to become the largest all-cargo carrier in the State of Alaska, promoting its continuous expansion.
In September of 1969, the company acquired its first DC-6. With a 30,000-pound payload, the rugged aircraft was well suited for service in Alaska. It worked so well, in fact, that the company acquired 14 more over the next 25 years. Dedicated to finding ways to provide the best possible service and outstanding transportation value, NAC entered the jet age in May 1991. Looking to the future, NAC bought its 727-100 freighter to accommodate Alaska’s economic and infrastructure growth.

In March of 2006, Northern Air Cargo was purchased by Saltchuk Resources, a transportation holding company with companies operating in Alaska such as TOTE, Delta Western Fuel Co., and Inlet Petroleum as well as other transportation companies in both the Atlantic and Pacific. NAC is proud to be Saltchuk’s first airline.

Northern Air Cargo continues to grow to meet the needs of the Alaska marketplace. Through its subsidiaries and sister companies, Northern Air Cargo and its affiliates provide people and businesses everywhere with a full array of air transportation logistics to handle everything from an overnight letter to the largest project located anywhere in the world. NAC’s philosophy is to provide the best customer service, while delivering cargo as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible.


Cargo Experts

At Northern Air Cargo, we provide an exceptional team of shipping experts that can get your cargo where it needs to be, on time. With our partner carriers, we cover more of Alaska, providing connecting services from our hub communities. NAC specializes in transporting all kinds of freight including vehicles, oversized freight, declared hazardous materials, and live animals. Our team is ready to help you with your cargo and shipping needs.
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Northern Air Cargo, LLC (NAC) is headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, and serves communities across
the state and beyond.

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Where to find us?

NAC Anchorage Hub Address:

Cargo Facility
3900 Old International Airport Road
Anchorage, AK 99502

Administrative Offices

4510 Old International Airport Road
Anchorage, AK 99502

NAC Miami

1701 NW 63rd Avenue, Bldg 712
Miami, Florida 33126