Polar Air Cargo


Polar was formed in 1993 as a joint venture between Southern Air Transport and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). It started operations in June 1993 and began with charter flights, later adding scheduled services. During 1994, Polar was certified as a supplemental air carrier by the Federal Aviation Administration and on 4 July 1994 as a US all-cargo carrier by the United States Department of Transportation. After several years of continued growth, the remainder of the company was acquired by GECAS.

In November 2001, Polar was acquired by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), whose Atlas Air subsidiary is a provider of ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) freighter leasing. Polar became the scheduled service provider for AAWW, while Atlas continued to supply Boeing 747-400 freighters on a wet-lease basis to major airlines. In October 2006, it was announced that DHL Express would be acquiring a 49% stake in Polar.[4] As of March 2007, Polar is still majority-owned by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (51%) and has 736 employees.[3]


Scheduled services

Polar provides scheduled freight service covering the transpacific, transatlantic, trans-Asia, and Middle East markets. Polar offers frequent flights to China, connecting Shanghai to the United States and multiple points in Asia and Europe, e.g., Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany.[5]

Charter services

Polar also offers charter freight services, using its dedicated fleet of Boeing 767 and 747 aircraft.


The Polar Air Cargo fleet consists of the following aircraft (As of May 2017):[6]

Polar Air Cargo Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Boeing 747-400F 7 Operated by Atlas Air for DHL Express
Boeing 747-8F 6
Boeing 767-300ERF 4
Total 17


  1. "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. "Contact Us." Polar Air Cargo. Retrieved on February 13, 2011. "Atlas Air / Polar Air Cargo - Headquarters 2000 Westchester Avenue Purchase, NY 10577 USA"
  3. "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 64.
  4. "Polar, DHL ink partnership (hktdc.com)".
  5. "Polar Air Cargo".
  6. Polar Air Cargo Fleet - CH-Aviation.ch


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