Community Impact & Philanthropy

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Community Impact & Philanthropy

Atlas Air Worldwide is committed to delivering life-enhancing improvements to the communities where we live and work, globally. In an effort to align our business strategy and logistics expertise with the ability to make a difference, our social impact agenda is focused in three critical areas of need:

  • Humanitarian relief for disaster recovery
  • Support for U.S. service members and their families
  • Education and development of future generations

Providing Humanitarian Relief

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 it the most in the aftermath of a natural disaster. In response to such events, our teams have mobilized humanitarian relief efforts to deliver life-saving supplies and disaster recovery items – including drinking water, medical supplies and equipment, basic living essentials, battery-powered devices, and more.

We have responded to disasters ranging from the Fukushima, Japan tsunami, earthquake and nuclear accident in 2011, to hurricane and tornado recovery in the United States, including:

  • In August 2017, we responded to Hurricane Harvey by providing relief to our employees, their families and pets in Miami and Houston, two cities where we have a significant personnel and infrastructure presence. This included transportation to help move them out of harm’s way.
  • In September 2017, we partnered with JetBlue to deliver 117 tons of humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which affected the island’s entire population.
  • In September 2019, Atlas ground staff and crew prepared and flew an Amazon Air plane filled with relief supplies to help the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

We are proud to partner with Airlink, a humanitarian relief organization that connects airlines with vetted NGOs to assist communities in crisis worldwide. In 2019, William J. Flynn became a founding member of Airlink’s Governors Council. Our work with Airlink has included providing humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans dealing with the ongoing socioeconomic and political crisis there.

Additionally, we sponsor fundraising efforts and blood drives for organizations such as the American Red Cross, for which we have made donations and match employee donations.

Support for U.S. Military Personnel and Families

We are honored to support the brave men and women of the U.S. military and their families. Atlas is the largest provider of military passenger and cargo airlift globally to U.S. service members. 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 makes us a trusted, valuable partner to the U.S. military.

We are extremely proud of the fact that we train some of the most elite air crews in the U.S. Air Force, including pilots and flight engineers for Air Force One and flight crew members assigned to the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center.

Our support for U.S. service members and their families doesn’t end when the mission is over. One of our signature programs is the Atlas Air Charity Golf Tournament, which supports military charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps wounded veterans return to, and flourish in, civilian life. We are also a significant employer of former members of the military, including many of our pilots, logistics team, ground crew personnel and members of our management team.

Atlas Donates Flight Simulation Experience for Fundraising

In addition to our three focus areas, we make contributions in support of charitable organizations that are important to our employees and partners. For example, we donate a flight simulation experience with an Atlas flight instructor in support of Miami International Airport’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising efforts.

Educating Future Generations

We believe every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and that we can play an impactful role in developing tomorrow’s business and social leaders. At the local level, our employees volunteer to teach financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to school-age children and young adults. We often sponsor collection drives for school supplies and donations to local schools.

In 2009, we began partnering with Junior Achievement – with our efforts being led by Chief Financial Officer Spencer Schwartz, who is an active member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of the Hudson Valley, New York. The goal of this partnership is to help prepare students for success in school and their careers. Many of our employees volunteer through Junior Achievement, with a special focus on helping to inspire and support socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

We maintain close relationships with a variety of institutions of higher learning, including Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, an aviation college near LaGuardia Airport in New York City, which has been ranked #1 in upward mobility nationwide. Through our partnership with Vaughn, we have hired approximately 50 students, some of whom have risen to the become of an officer of the company.

We also have an extensive internship program that reaches across the technical, engineering, operations, financial, procurement, legal and communications functions of our organization. For our summer 2019 interns, one of their projects was to brainstorm about how Atlas can continue to make progress on its ESG journey and build on its community impact and environmental responsibility efforts.

To build awareness of the aviation field, our team at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has partnered with DHL to educate high school students in Kenton County about careers in aviation.