Beti Ward
Pacific Air Cargo
Beti Ward saw a need to provide air cargo service to Hawaii more than 20 years ago.  In 1981, she launched what would ultimately become a highly successful air cargo business, American International Cargo (AIC). Beti grew AIC to a staff of 150, and in its last year, AIC grossed $65 million.  Beti semi-retired when she sold her interest in 1998. 

In May 2000, Beti re-established herself in the air cargo industry with the formation of Pacific Air Cargo (PAC), which today provides express air cargo service between Los Angeles and Honolulu with Boeing 747 freighter aircraft. She has successfully led PAC over the past five years, increasing company revenues by 30 percent since inception, and the carrier has expanded.  In addition to serving the Hawaii market each day, PAC provides weekly service to Pago Pago, American Samoa , and Guam. PAC’s carried over 100 Million Pounds of Cargo in 2016 with annual sales exceeding $60 million.

A majority of domestic and international freight forwarders, integrators and airlines support PAC.  Air Cargo World Magazine named Honolulu as one of the Top 50 cargo Airports and said PAC was a major contributor to Honolulu’s cargo growth.  

In 2008 when fuel prices skyrocketed, Beti saw an opportunity to diversify her company into a non fuel-driven industry.  In May, 2008 Beti purchased Aloha Contract Services, a division that was previously owned by Aloha Airlines.  This purchase saved nearly 600 jobs that would have been lost with Aloha Airlines’ demise.   In addition to seeing a need to diversify away from huge fuel costs, she demonstrated the ability to see how the two companies could compliment each other. With the purchase of the contract services division of Aloha Airlines, Beti now operates two companies that  provide passenger, cargo and ground equipment  maintenance services to the visitors and people of Hawaii.

Achievements and recognitions

  • Arizona Golden Heart Award
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Ernst & Young
  • Cargo Person of the Year - Hawaii Cargo Association 
  • Business Woman of the Year in Hawaii - Pacific Business News
  • #1 Woman Owned Business in Hawaii -  Pacific Business News
  • Board of Directors, Pacific Aviation Museum 2008- Present