Atlas Air Announces Long-Term Extension of Agreement with DB Schenker

Purchase, N.Y., November 30, 2021 – Atlas Air, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW), announced an extension of its partnership with Schenker Flight Services GmbH (DB Schenker), one of the world’s largest integrated logistics service providers, to provide transpacific service.

Atlas Air’s relationship with DB Schenker includes supporting its global network by providing charter capacity service. The new arrangement builds on an agreement Atlas Air reached with DB Schenker in 2020, and extends the dedicated capacity, which Atlas Air provides on multiple flights every week.

“We are excited to strengthen our partnership with DB Schenker through this long-term, extended agreement to provide critical capacity for our valued customer,” said John W. Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide.  “We appreciate DB Schenker’s confidence in Atlas Air’s ability to deliver their cargo safely and efficiently as we support their network across the Pacific and around the world.”

Björn Eckbauer, Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Procurement Airfreight for DB Schenker, said the flights Atlas Air provides have become an essential part of their global flight network.  “We are excited to extend our current partnership with Atlas Air on our transpacific charter operations.  The timely and reliable operation of Atlas Air fits perfectly into our commitment to provide our customers a reliable service for air transportation in their supply chain,” Mr. Eckbauer said.

 About Atlas Air Worldwide: 

Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc., and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Our companies operate the world’s largest fleet of 747 freighter aircraft and provide customers the broadest array of Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations.

Atlas Air Worldwide’s press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the company’s home page, www.atlasairworldwide.com.

Atlas plane being loaded from the noseEach year, Atlas Air operates as many as 68,000 flights to 314 destinations in 74 countries connecting producers to consumers and carrying everything from military equipment to pharmaceuticals and fresh fruit and flowers.

Before any of those flights take off, the Atlas team undertakes a rigorous set of procedures to ensure the safety of the flight, its Crew and cargo.

Intense preparation and planning go into every flight, with a load plan created to meet the needs of every type of specialized cargo.

Typically, cargo is loaded onto pallets for transport. But pallets aren’t suited for all types of cargo. Cars and heavy mining equipment, for example, require extra planning.

As a general cargo carrier, Atlas Air specializes in transporting these types of out-of-the-ordinary cargo. Because Atlas operates more “pure freighters” than any other carrier, it is able to move special loads to locations throughout the world. These pure freighters have extra-large doors, including a nose door.

“If you look at a 747 cargo, the nose will actually open up, and you can load a really long pipe, for example,” said Richard Rolland, Senior Vice President, Safety and Regulatory Compliance at Atlas Air.

Atlas’s special loads department builds a load plan for special cargo within 48 hours of receiving a transport request. The plan uses the cargo’s weight, size and shape to determine how it should be stowed while taking into account the aircraft’s balance and capacity requirements.

The plan also factors in conditions necessary for the cargo load while onboard. Many types of cargo require carefully maintained temperature control – flowers, pharmaceuticals and produce, for example. Atlas’s load plans include consideration of the amount of time that sensitive cargo must spend outside. The Crew operating the flight also are aware when the load being carried is perishable.

“Any cargo that is temperature sensitive needs to move quickly. That’s why air is usually the transport method chosen,” Richard explained. “The considerations start at the loading of the aircraft. (The cargo) comes from a temperature-controlled warehouse onto a loader and onto the airplane. Loading is done as quickly as possible.”

Once the load is in place on the aircraft, Crew members are given instructions for setting temperatures for the flight deck and cargo deck through the aircrafts’ Environmental Control Systems in the cockpit.

“Our teams do a great job of working together to make sure the cargo we fly around the world arrives at its destination safely and as our customers expect. That could be sensitive medical equipment or 8,000 pounds of strawberries,” said Bryan Brown, Senior Director of Safety for Atlas’s Southern Air.

Thank you to our Teams for a Successful Mission Supporting Operation Allies Refuge

In my 22 years with Atlas Air, I’ve watched our crews and ground staff perform at the highest levels under diverse and extraordinary conditions. One of the most memorable times will be witnessing our teams work tirelessly and with great compassion to evacuate refugees from Afghanistan throughout August and September.

When the U.S. Government activated the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) program on August 22, Atlas and a handful of other carriers stepped up to provide the military the lift capacity to support this historic humanitarian mission. Atlas has long participated in the CRAF program, and it is a personal point of pride for me to know that we can step up and assist the United States government and the American people in a time of need.

These missions showed the best of who we are at Atlas. In total, we transported more than 7,800 Afghan evacuees and their families from forward locations in Qatar, Bahrain, and Germany to the United States on 22 flights.

Our support of the Afghanistan evacuation builds on our longstanding relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces. Atlas is the largest airlift provider to the U.S. military each year, moving both personnel and equipment around the globe in support of military operations. In the last ten years, Atlas has flown nearly 2 million American service members on thousands of flights.

Operation Allies Refuge

We commissioned a special Atlas Air Operation Allies Refuge Commemorative Coin to mark our Company’s role in the largest passenger movement in the military’s history. The distribution and exchange of coins within the military is a longstanding tradition, and Atlas is proud to honor this tradition within our own company by sharing this coin with our employees as a token of appreciation.

Time and again, our Atlas team has responded to the world’s most urgent challenges. I am proud to lead a company full of dedicated professionals with a shared sense of commitment and service.

Click here to watch a video of our colleagues sharing their experiences of the mission.

PURCHASE, N.Y., November 17, 2021 – Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) today announced that the transition to bring operations of Southern Air, Inc. under a Single Operating Certificate (SOC) with Atlas Air, Inc. is now complete.

With the addition of Southern Air, Atlas Air was able to add 777 and 737 aircraft operating platforms, resulting in a more diversified company offering customers access to a wider range of aircraft, a broader array of services, greater scale and an expanded global footprint.

“The 2016 acquisition of Southern Air enhanced our company’s position as a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services by expanding our fleet and global capabilities to drive significant value for our customers and shareholders,” said John W. Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide. “It also brought us a talented team of aviation professionals who share in our commitment to our customers as we create an even stronger company for the future. We are excited to have all our Southern Air employees assume positions with Atlas Air as we complete the final step in merging these two great airlines.”

Mr. Dietrich expressed the company’s appreciation for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) assistance during the transition.

“We are grateful to the FAA for its support throughout this process as we focused on a safe and compliant operational transition,” Mr. Dietrich said. “The efforts and insight of the FAA team have been invaluable. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the FAA under this Single Operating Certificate.”

About Atlas Air Worldwide:

Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Our companies operate the world’s largest fleet of 747 freighter aircraft and provide customers the broadest array of Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations.

Atlas Air Worldwide’s press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the company’s home page, www.atlasairworldwide.com.

 

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PURCHASE, N.Y., November 15, 2021– Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) announced its Atlas Air, Inc. subsidiary has expanded its partnership with Cainiao Network, (“Cainiao”), the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, to enhance overall shipping efficiency in response to the growth of cross-border trade between China and Latin America. With the launch of daily flights, Cainiao’s weekly cargo volume from China to Latin America has increased 144% compared to last October when there were only three chartered flights per week.

Under the expanded agreement, Atlas has added an additional B747-400F to fly between Hong Kong, China and Santiago, Chile. This brings the total dedicated fleet that Atlas operates for Cainiao to five aircraft.

This expanded fleet builds upon the successful collaboration between Atlas and Cainiao, which was launched in October 2020, with Atlas operating three weekly charter flights dedicated to Cainiao, linking Hong Kong with Brazil and Chile. The current upgraded Atlas-Cainiao partnership has enhanced overall warehouse distribution and air freight efficiency by over 40%.

According to Cainiao, the number of parcels shipped to Brazil in September 2021 increased by 200% as compared to the same month last year. In response to the robust growth, Cainiao rolled out “12-day delivery service” in Brazil’s core metropolitan areas. In addition, Cainiao also plans to establish a distribution center in Brazil to offer next-day or even same-day delivery in partnership with local delivery firms.

“Our partnership with Atlas Air continues to strengthen our network between South America and other destinations around the globe as we further enhance Cainiao’s capabilities to support merchants worldwide efficiently and reliably,” said William Xiong, Cainiao’s Chief Strategist and General Manager of Export Logistics.

“We are very pleased that Cainiao and Alibaba have selected Atlas as a strategic growth partner,” said President and Chief Executive Officer John W. Dietrich, Atlas Air Worldwide. “Through our successful relationship over the last year, Atlas’ global operating capabilities have enabled Cainiao to continue offering its customers faster deliveries throughout the world. We are excited to add incremental capacity in support of this growing partnership.”

Cainiao-Atlas Asia-Latin America Chartered Flight

Cainiao-Atlas Asia-Latin America Chartered Flight

 

About Cainiao Network:

Founded in 2013, Cainiao Network (“Cainiao”) is a global industrial internet company and the logistics arm of Alibaba Group. As part of its commitment to create customer value, it adopts a collaborative approach to logistics that aims to improve efficiency and customer experience for all players along the supply chain. It carries forward Alibaba’s mission of making it easy to do business anywhere by aiming to deliver anywhere in China within 24 hours, and across the globe within 72 hours.

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About Atlas Air Worldwide:

Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc., Southern Air Holdings, Inc. and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Our companies operate the world’s largest fleet of 747 freighter aircraft and provide customers the broadest array of Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations.

Atlas Air Worldwide’s press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the company’s home page, www.atlasairworldwide.com.

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