How Did Alaska Air Forwarding Become The Most Qualified Transportation Company?

How Did Alaska Air Forwarding Become
The Most Qualified Transportation Company?

Alaska Air Forwarding has a longstanding reputation for serving Alaska’s freight forwarding needs. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices in Anchorage and Dutch Harbor, AK., we specialize in moving and shipping things like engines, replacement parts, tools, wire and rope, magazines and perishables. Our business is air freight shipping to and from Alaska.

In 1965, 6 years after Alaska became a state, the company founder, Wayne Hendricks, journeyed to the area to promote a buying service to Alaska fishermen. The buying service was a success – yet, Hendricks saw more potential in an air freight forwarder operation. In 1969, he created Arctic Air Freight. Based in Seattle with an office in Anchorage, AAF (Arctic Air Freight) flew machinery items to the state of Alaska from all over the lower 48 states. Freight forwarding received a substantial boost during the building of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the 1970s and 1980s. With the ebb and flow on the price of oil, AAF changed ownership in 1988 and became known as Alaska Air Forwarding.

The new owners, Bill Ferrari and his business partner both with extensive airfreight forwarder backgrounds, began seeking year-round business opportunities along with the seasonal clients they had. Today their leadership carries down to the people they hire – people who are just as committed and knowledgeable – people who stay on year after year and continue to look for new fields to offer their services. This legacy of longevity and ingenuity ensures that customers receive the best of care.

Utilizing our own fleet of transportation, we provide you with door-to-door service. For shipments out-of-area, we can arrange for pick up through our extensive network of agents. Our trucks will be there to forward your shipment on to the next flight to Alaska. We use commercial, passenger and all-cargo air carriers as well as charter aircraft depending on your freight shipping needs. By utilizing more than one air carrier, we can ensure that you get the best price and service possible. This makes us more flexible than a single freight shipping carrier option.

Whether it’s a local Anchorage delivery or a Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kotzebue, Prudhoe Bay or Kenai Peninsula delivery, Alaska Air Forwarding beats out the freight shipping competition and delivers your shipment safely and promptly. Alaska Air Forwarding also has the ability to ship cargo under difficult circumstances, such as harsh weather, large, over-sized cargo and even some hazardous material. Call us for a quote and we’ll give you all the details and walk you through the process.


Alaska Air Forwarding is a full service Alaska freight forwarder serving industries and businesses throughout North America. We have a network of 500 partner agents throughout the United States and the world. We provide:

• Cost effective and accurate rate quotes
• Highest caliber of service including 24 hour LIVE support
• Door-to-door pickup and delivery
• Shipping of heavy lift cargo
• Access to remote areas of Alaska that most companies cannot access

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