Atlas Air

Atlas Air, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, is a cargo airline, passenger charter airline, and aircraft lessor based in Purchase in Harrison, New York.[3] The airline was named after Atlas, a Titan in Greek mythology. The symbol on the tail of their aircraft is a golden man carrying a golden world. With a total combined fleet of 54 Boeing 747 aircraft, Atlas is the world's largest operator of this fleet type. In 2016, the airline had 3,259 employees and operates across 425 destinations in 119 countries.[4]

Atlas Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #UIEA784U[1]
Fleet size123
Parent companyAtlas Air Worldwide Holdings
S&P 600 Component
Headquarters2000 Westchester Avenue, Purchase, New York, US
Key peopleWilliam J. Flynn (CEO, President)
RevenueUS$2.156B (FY 2017)[2]
Operating incomeUS$241.9M (FY 2017)[2]
Net incomeUS$223.4M (FY 2017)[2]
Total assetsUS$4.95B (FY 2017)[2]
Total equityUS$1.79B (FY 2017)[2]
Employees3,259 (2016)


Atlas Air began operations in 1992. The airline's founder, Michael Chowdry,[5] started by leasing aircraft to other airlines on an Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance (ACMI) contract basis. The first customer, China Airlines, contracted one airplane to start ACMI service in 1993. By 1995, Atlas Air began trading publicly and in 1997, Atlas placed an order for ten new Boeing 747-400F aircraft. Orders for another two 747-400Fs were placed in 1998.

On January 30, 2004, Atlas Air Worldwide entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In July 2004, the parent company completed its restructuring plan and emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.[6]

In March 2010, Atlas Air was awarded a nine-year contract for the operation of the Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF) 'Dreamlifter' for transporting aircraft parts to Boeing from suppliers around the world. It commenced operation in September 2010 under a CMI (Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) contact.

In 2011, Atlas Air took the first North American delivery of the Boeing 747-8 Freighter (Boeing 747-8F).

In September 2012, Atlas Air renewed a training contract with the United States Air Force to continue to provide training for the pilots of Air Force One. The contract also provides training for the Presidential Airlift Group for a five-year period.[7]

On April 7, 2016, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings purchased Southern Air for $110 million in an all-cash deal. The transaction included Worldwide Air Logistics Group, Inc. and its two operating subsidiaries, Southern Air, Inc. and Florida West International Airways, Inc.

On May 5, 2016, and Atlas Air announced a deal for to lease 20 Boeing 767s in order to fuel growth of its new Amazon air freight service, branded as Amazon Air. The deal also warranted Amazon the ability to buy up to 30% stake in the company over the next seven years. Under the agreement, Atlas Air Inc. would provide aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance for a period of seven years.[8] This move came after Amazon's similar deal with Air Transport Services Group for 20 aircraft, also to be branded under Amazon Air.

In March 2017, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings shut down Florida West International Airways and cancelled the operating certificate.


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is made up of Atlas Air, Inc., Polar Air Cargo., Southern Air Inc., and Titan Aviation Leasing. The airline headquarters is in Purchase, New York and it operates flights on an ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) and air charter basis for some of the world's leading airlines, express operators, freight forwarders, charter brokers, global shippers and the U.S. Military, along with a dry-leasing freighter aircraft. Atlas Air has global operations established in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America.

Crew bases are located at Miami International Airport, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O'hare International Airport, Seattle Paine Field, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Anchorage International Airport, and Huntsville International Airport.[9]


Atlas Air operates globally, with destinations throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Specific destinations vary due to changing customer's needs and seasonal trends.


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Notes
Boeing 737-300F 1 Leased to customer by Titan
Boeing 737-400SF 5 Operated by Southern Air.
Boeing 737-800 2 Leased to customer by Titan
Boeing 737-800BCF 3 2 Operated for Amazon Air[10]
Boeing 747-400 6 Operated for passenger charter equipped with 474 seats
Boeing 747-400BCF 1
Boeing 747-400BDSF 5
Boeing 747-400ERF 2
Boeing 747-400F 23 4
Boeing 747-8F 6 Operated for DHL Aviation
3 Operating for Atlas Air
2 Operating for Qantas Freight
1 Operated for Panalpina
Boeing 747 Dreamlifter 4 Boeing owned in CMI service
Boeing 757-200F 1 Operated for DHL Express
Owned by Titan Aviation dry-leasing subsidiary
Boeing 767-200 1 MLW Air owned in CMI service
Boeing 767-200ER/BDSF 9 Operating for DHL Aviation
Boeing 767-300ER 6 1
Boeing 767-300ER/BCF 6 10
17 Operating for Amazon Air
Boeing 767-300ERF 2 Operating for DHL Aviation.[11]
Boeing 777F 6 1 Operated by Southern Air
6 Leased to customer by Titan
Total 122 18

Passenger service

In May 2010, Atlas Air began operating a premium passenger private charter service for the U.S.-Africa Energy Association (USAEA) in conjunction with Sonair. The charter service consisted of two customized Boeing 747-400 aircraft provided by SonAir. The aircraft were laid out to serve 189 passengers and consisted of a three class configuration. The charter service, which became known as the "Houston Express", included three dedicated weekly non-stop flights between Houston and Luanda, Angola. Due to low global oil prices, demand diminished and the Houston Express ceased operations.

As of June of 2019, Atlas Air operates four Boeing 747 passenger aircraft and six Boeing 767 passenger aircraft for commercial and military passenger charters.[12]

Aircraft leasing

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings owns and operates Titan Aviation Holdings, an aircraft dry-leasing company.[13] Through Titan Aviation, Atlas Air currently owns 17 aircraft for dry-leasing - six Boeing 777 freighters, one Boeing 757 freighter, eight Boeing 767 freighters (leased to parent Atlas Air), one Boeing 737-800 passenger aircraft, and one Boeing 737-300 freighter.[14]

Incidents and accidents

On January 24, 2005, Atlas Air Flight 8995 was flying from Dubai International Airport to Düsseldorf Airport. During landing at Düsseldorf, the Boeing 747-212BSF (N808MC) overran the runway due to heavy snowfall on the runway. The aircraft was written off. [15]

On February 2, 2008, an Atlas Air Boeing 747-2D7B was scheduled to fly from Lome Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. During takeoff, cargo broke loose, causing damage to the bulkhead. The aircraft (N527MC) was written off. [16]

In early 2010, an Atlas Air aircraft was involved in a safety and maintenance incident. In February, the cover of part of the flap assembly on a Boeing 747 detached from the aircraft, which was in the process of landing in Miami, Florida. On 17 May, a similar incident occurred; in this case, part of the inboard flaps on the right wing of a Boeing 747 separated from the aircraft. Due to alleged improper maintenance practices, the US Federal Aviation Administration on 5 May proposed a roughly $500,000 fine against the airline.[17]

On November 21, 2013, a Boeing 747-409LCF operated by Atlas Air, registration N780BA, mistakenly landed at Colonel James Jabara Airport (KAAO), instead of the nearby McConnell Air Force Base (KIAB). The aircraft repositioned to KIAB the next day[18].

In March 2016, a safety slide fell off of an Atlas Air 767 in the Mesa, Arizona area.[19]

On July 27th, 2018, an Atlas Air Boeing 767-300, registration N641GT performing flight 5Y-8601 from Frankfurt/Hahn (Germany) to Portsmouth, NH (USA), landed on Portsmouth's runway 34 at 04:52L (08:52Z) but touched down hard. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron. A post flight inspection revealed creases around the fuselage and substantial damage to the aircraft. The NTSB rated this event as an accident.[20]

On February 23, 2019 at 12:45 CST, Atlas Air Flight 3591 crashed on approach to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport killing all three people on board: two crew members and one “Jumpseat” rider.[21][22] The Boeing 767 cargo aircraft, en route from Miami, went down in Trinity Bay, near Anahuac, Chambers County, Texas, about 30 miles southeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The aircraft was branded as Prime Air, operating for Amazon Air.[23]


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