“Rise Above” is the spirit of all of us at Atlas Air Worldwide and our companies – Atlas Air, Southern Air, Polar and Titan. In a typical year, rising above takes great collaboration and commitment from everyone. In 2020, our people’s resolve was extraordinary, and, in fact, it was crucial in the face of the global adversity that challenged all of us.
The nature of our business model is to do good in the world, and we responded with resilience, resourcefulness and the kind of teamwork where care and delivering on our purpose were essential.
In 2020, the Atlas mantra of “caring for the world we carry” became more mission-critical than ever before. Our long-standing commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen served as the foundation for how we navigated the year’s challenges. Throughout, we stayed committed to our values of Safety, Service Excellence, Integrity, Innovation, Teamwork and Responsibility.
Above all, we were steadfast in our dedication to deliver excellence daily, do business the right way and be our customers’ most valued partner – when and where they need us. Together, we moved life-saving personal protective equipment and medical supplies, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, educational supplies, e-commerce, daily necessities and people – with the safety, speed and reliability that only our essential air-freight and passenger charter services can provide.
There is no greater asset than our people, and their safety and well-being are paramount in everything we do. From the cockpit and cargo bay of every plane to every home office, we worked tirelessly to protect our people from the COVID-19 virus and contribute to their greater health and wellness. When many of us were called to a higher level of consciousness about racial injustice and inequality, we responded with care and compassion, listening and learning. All companies have a responsibility to do more, and we are working to further drive diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace and in the aviation industry.
At the same time, we continued to take actions to enhance our environmental stewardship and reduce our carbon footprint. Our signature FuelWise program focuses on more efficient operations to further minimize our fuel burn and reduce carbon emissions. We are also working with fellow industry leaders to advocate for wider acceptance and availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and have completed multiple pilot projects using such fuel.
We are dedicated to advancing our environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments and helping to lead the aviation industry forward. As we look to the future, I am inspired by our drive and momentum to foster economic and social progress while safeguarding the environment.
I would like to thank our employees for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of our customers, shareholders and each other, and for their continued commitment to “caring for the world we carry.”
President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide