Our commitment of “caring for the world we carry” conveys our dedication to the places where our business takes us. By engaging our workforce and contributing to the global economy, we are delivering on the desire for our communities to thrive.
To align our business strategy and logistics expertise with impactful initiatives that make a difference across the world, our community impact mission is focused in three areas of critical need.
As one of the world’s largest air carriers, we have a unique ability to expedite the movement of large quantities of goods and personnel to regions that need them most in the aftermath of a natural disaster or during a public health emergency. In response to crises around the world, our teams have mobilized humanitarian relief efforts to deliver life-saving supplies and disaster recovery items – including drinking water, medical supplies and equipment, living essentials, battery-powered devices and more.
As the largest provider of military passenger and cargo airlift globally to U.S. service members, we repeatedly have demonstrated our ability to meet stringent, military-level reliability standards, offer full capacity at peak levels of demand and do it all on short notice to remote locations around the world. We also actively recruit, and are a significant employer of, former members of the military, including many of our pilots, logistics team, ground crew personnel and members of our professional staff.
At the heart of our annual Atlas Air Charity Golf Tournament is our focus on veteran organizations. Charities that have benefited from proceed from the tournament include the Wounded Warrior Project, the Semper Fi and America’s Fund, and K9s for Warriors.
Atlas is invested in developing and strengthening the pipeline of diverse, qualified STEM talent needed to ensure the aviation industry remains strong for years to come. We nurture relationships with a variety of institutions of higher learning, including Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Through our partnership with Vaughn College, we have hired approximately 50 students, some of whom have advanced to become officers of the company. To increase awareness of the varied career opportunities available in the aviation field, we support a workforce development program for Northern Kentucky high school students. Dozens of employees volunteer each year with Junior Achievement of New York, whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Transporting cargo safely, reliably and efficiently is our business at Atlas. Early in the pandemic, we engaged with our customers and pharmaceutical manufacturers to prepare our operations for the worldwide COVID-19 vaccine distribution. We secured temperature-controlled containers and ensured our handling facilities were properly equipped, and our pilots and ground staff played a key role in transporting vaccines and the supplies needed to administer them. We are proud to support this global humanitarian effort.