Atlas Air

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Atlas Air
Atlas Air Worldwide logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1992; 30 years ago (1992)
AOC #UIEA784U[1]
Fleet size108
Parent companyAtlas Air Worldwide Holdings
Traded asNasdaqAAWW
S&P 600 component
Headquarters2000 Westchester Avenue, Purchase, New York, U.S.
Key peopleJohn W. Dietrich
(President & CEO)
James A. Forbes (COO)
Spencer Schwartz (CFO)
Duncan J. McNabb (Chairman of the Board)
RevenueIncrease US$4.03B (FY 2021)[2]
Operating incomeIncrease US$711.3M (FY 2021)[2]
Net incomeIncrease US$493.3M (FY 2021)[2]
Total assetsIncrease US$6.443B (FY 2021)[2]
Total equityIncrease US$2.809B (FY 2021)[2]
Employees4,056 (2021)[2] Edit this at Wikidata

Atlas Air, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, is a major American cargo airline, passenger charter airline, and aircraft lessor based in Purchase, New York. 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. Atlas Air is the world's largest operator of the Boeing 747 aircraft, with a total fleet of 54 of this specific fleet type. In 2021, the airline had 4,056 employees and operated to more than 300 global destinations.[2]


Atlas Air Boeing 747-400F
  • In 1992, Atlas Air began operations when the airline's founder, Michael Chowdry, started leasing aircraft to airlines.[3]
  • By 1995, Atlas Air began trading publicly.[4]
  • In 1997, Atlas placed an order for ten new Boeing 747-400F aircraft with another two orders for 747-400Fs placed in 1998.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • In 2007, Atlas Air began a multi-year training contract with the United States Air Force to provide training for the pilots of Air Force One. The contract also provided training for the Presidential Airlift Group. This program has been renewed several times and remains in place today.[7]
  • In March 2010, Atlas Air was awarded the contract to operate the Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF) 'Dreamlifter' transporting aircraft parts to Boeing from suppliers around the world. It commenced operation in September 2010 under a CMI (Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) contract.[8]
  • In 2011, Atlas Air took the first North American delivery of the Boeing 747-8 Freighter (Boeing 747-8F).[9]
  • On May 5, 2016, and Atlas Air announced a deal for to lease 20 Boeing 767s 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. This move came after Amazon's similar deal with Air Transport Services Group for 20 aircraft, also to be branded under Amazon Air.[11]
  • In January 2021, Atlas Air announced the purchase of an additional four 747-8 freighters from Boeing. They will be the final four 747s to be built. These are to be delivered in 2022, the same year that Boeing plans to shut the 747 production program.[13]
  • On November 17, 2021, Atlas Air and Southern Air Inc completed their merger with the transition to a single operating certificate.[14]


An Atlas Air Boeing 747-8F lines up on Runway 27 at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport as one of the airline's 747-400Fs lands on Runway 18C.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is made up of Atlas Air, Inc., Polar Air Cargo, and Titan Aviation Leasing. The airline headquarters are in Purchase, New York, with a flight operations center located in Erlanger, Kentucky. Atlas Air operates flights on an ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) and air charter basis for airlines, express operators, freight forwarders, charter brokers, global shippers and the U.S. Military, along with dry-leasing freighter aircraft. Atlas Air has global operations established in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America.[2]

Crew bases are located at Anchorage International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Miami International Airport, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Ontario International Airport, and Tampa International Airport.[15]


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


As of December 2021, Atlas Air operates the following aircraft:[2]

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
F C Y Total
Passenger Fleet
Boeing 747-400 5 10 169 36 215 Used for VIP Service
23 505 528
Boeing 767-300ER 5 30 218 248
Cargo Fleet
Boeing 737-300F 1 Cargo Leased out by Titan Aviation Holdings
Boeing 737-800BCF 8 Cargo Operating for Amazon Air
Boeing 747-400BCF 4 Cargo
Boeing 747-400ERF 2 Cargo
Boeing 747-400F 20 Cargo
3 Operating for Nippon Cargo Airlines[16]
Boeing 747-400LCF 4 Cargo Operating for Boeing
Boeing 747-8F 8 4 Cargo Atlas Air will receive the last 747 ever built, which will be built in 2022.[17]
2 Operating for Qantas Freight[18]
Boeing 767-300BCF 25 Cargo
Boeing 767-300BDSF 1 Cargo
Boeing 777F 14 4 Cargo One delivered in November 2022 and three delivered in 2023.[19]
Total 108 8

Passenger Service[edit]

Atlas Air began operating a premium passenger private charter service for the U.S.-Africa Energy Association (USAEA) in conjunction with SonAir in 2010. The charter service consisted of two customized Boeing 747-400 aircraft provided by SonAir. The aircraft were configured to serve 189 passengers in 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.

Today, Atlas Air owns a fleet of ten B747 and B767 passenger aircraft available for lease in the passenger charter market.[2]

As of 2017, Atlas Air is the charter service for the Jacksonville Jaguars.[20]

Aircraft Leasing[edit]

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings owns and operates Titan Aviation Holdings, an aircraft dry-leasing company. Through Titan Aviation, Atlas Air currently owns 29 aircraft in its dry-leasing fleet. The dry-leasing fleet consists of seven Boeing 777 freighters, twenty-one Boeing 767 freighters (leased to parent Atlas Air), and one Boeing 737-300 freighter.[2]

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

  • February 2, 2008: Cargo aboard an Atlas Air Boeing 747-2D7B, N527MC, broke loose on takeoff from Lome Airport and penetrated the bulkhead, causing severe structural damage. The aircraft was written off.[22]
  • February 2010: The cover of part of the flaps on an Atlas Air Boeing 747 detached from the aircraft during landing in Miami, Florida. On May 17, 2010 a similar incident occurred when part of the inboard flaps on the right wing of an Atlas 747 separated from the aircraft. In May, alleging improper maintenance practices, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a fine of roughly US$500,000 against the airline.[23]
  • July 27, 2018: Atlas Air Flight 8601, a Boeing 767-38EER, N641GT, sustained substantial structural damage, including a creased fuselage, in a hard landing at Portsmouth International Airport. The aircraft bounced on touchdown and porpoised five times, and the spoilers did not deploy due to a high throttle setting. The aircraft was carrying US troops home from the Middle East; no injuries were reported. The accident was attributed to pilot error, specifically "improper landing flare technique and the lack of the appropriate bounced landing recovery procedure." The aircraft was subsequently repaired and placed back in service.[25][26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration – Airline Certificate Information – Detail View". Retrieved May 14, 2019.
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  3. ^ Armbruster, William (January 24, 2001). "Atlas Air Founder Chowdry Killed in Plane Crash". The Journal of Commerce. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
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  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. March 27, 2007. p. 80.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 23, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ Ostrower, Jon (March 9, 2010). "Dreamlifter deal part of 747–8 compensation to Atlas". Flight Global. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
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  10. ^ Stynes, Tess (January 19, 2016). "Atlas Air Agrees to Acquire Southern Air Holdings for $110 Million". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  11. ^ Jamerson, Joshua (May 5, 2016). "Amazon Partners with Atlas Air Worldwide for Cargo Services". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  12. ^ "Florida West Int'l Airways formally shut down". ch-aviation. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
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  15. ^ "Atlas | Charter". Airline Pilot Central. May 10, 2012. Archived from the original on May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  16. ^ "Atlas Air Worldwide Announces Expanded 747-400F Service For Nippon Cargo Airlines". Atlas Air (Press release). January 8, 2019.
  17. ^ "Atlas Air Worldwide Purchases Four Boeing 747–8 Freighters". Boeing (Press release). January 12, 2021.
  18. ^ "Atlas Air Worldwide Announces 747-8F ACMI Service For Qantas Freight". Atlas Air (Press release). April 4, 2019.
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  21. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 747-212BSF N808MC Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)". Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  22. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 747-2D7B N527MC Lome Airport (LFW)". Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  23. ^ "Miami flight signals more mechanical issues for Atlas Air". May 19, 2010. Archived from the original on May 23, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  24. ^ "Cargo jet takes off from Wichita on short runway". CNN.
  25. ^ "National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Final Report". National Transportation Safety Board. June 8, 2021. DCA18CA252.
  26. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 767-38EER N641GT Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, NH (PSM)". Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  27. ^ "Rapid Descent and Crash into Water, Atlas Air Inc. Flight 3591, Boeing 767-375BCF, N1217A, Trinity Bay, Texas, February 23, 2019" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. July 14, 2020. NTSB/AAR-20/02. Retrieved August 6, 2020.

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