Air Transport International
|Founded||1978 (as US Airways)|
|Commenced operations||1988 (as Air Transport International)|
|Parent company||Air Transport Services Group|
|Headquarters||Irving, Texas, United States|
|Key people||Dennis Manibusan, President|
Air Transport International LLC is an airline based in Irving, Texas, USA. It operates worldwide cargo and combi charters for the express package industry and freight forwarders, as well as for the United States Department of Defense and the automotive industry. It also wet-leases aircraft. Its main base is Wilmington, Ohio. It is part of the Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ: ATSG).
The airline was established in 1978 and started operations in 1979. It was formed as US Airways and later known as Interstate Airlines. The current name was adopted in 1988. On October 1, 1994 ICX International Cargo Express was merged into Air Transport International, which was itself acquired by the Brink's Company in February 1998. ATI was sold in 2006 to Cargo Holdings International (CHI). It has 495 employees.
Cargo Aircraft Management was the lead customer for the Boeing 767 freighter conversion program. In the 12 months after ATI's sale by Brinks to CHI, worldwide airline profits fell significantly, however, ATI continued to negate this trend. Delivery of fully mondernized and fuel efficient B767PF Aircraft was on track for June 2008.
On November 2, 2007, Cargo Holdings International, the parent company of ATI entered into an agreement to be acquired by Wilmington, OH-based ABX Holdings, Inc. The company along with sister company Capital Cargo International Airlines were run as separate companies under the Air Transport Services Group umbrella.
In March 2013 Capital Cargo merged with Air Transport.
In 2014, ATI was cited by the USDA for several violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) during a December 2014 transport of monkeys destined for laboratories in the United States. According to federal inspectors, the airline failed to provide the animals with food and water for more than 24 hours and transported the animals in insecure crates. In July of 2014, ATI was cited for failing to provide food and water for monkeys for more than 32 hours and for transporting the animals in unsafe cages which left to one monkey bloodied with several cuts on his face. PETA has criticized the ATI calling the transport of monkeys to laboratories a “bloody industry”.
The Air Transport International fleet includes the following aircraft (September 22, 2013):
Incidents and Accidents
|March 12, 1991||DC-8-62||New York, NY to Brussels, Belgium||New York, NY||Captain aborted takeoff and skidded to the right; the aircraft struck ILS equipment, the nose landing gear collapsed and all 4 engines were ripped off; plane was destroyed by fire||5 minor||Improper preflight planning/preparation, flight engineer misjudged aircraft weight and balance, improper airspeed by flight engineer and improper supervision by pilot|
|February 15, 1992||DC-8-63||Seattle, WA to Toledo, OH||Swanton, OH||After the First Officer made two unsuccessful ILS approach attempts, the Captain took control, became spatially disoriented and accidentally caused the plane to enter a bank and attitude from which the plane would not recover||4 fatal||Aircraft control not maintained by the pilot|
NTSB Accident Report
|February 16, 1995||DC-8-63F||Kansas City-Westover Air Reserve Base/Metropolitan Airport||Kansas City International Airport||While departing for a ferry flight with the #1 engine inoperative the plane started to veer to the left; the plane continued its takeoff roll with the tail striking the ground; the plane was able to lift off but subsequently crashed, left wing first||3 fatal||Decision to continue takeoff below rotation airspeed, lack of understanding of a three-engine takeoff procedure and failure of the company to ensure that flight crew received proper training|
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