Emery Worldwide

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Emery Worldwide
Emery worldwide logo.jpg.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1946 (as Emery Air Freight)
Ceased operationsAugust 13, 2001 (2001-08-13)
December 5, 2001 (2001-12-05)
Fleet size37
Parent companyCNF Transportation
HeadquartersRedwood City, California
Key peopleJohn Colvin Emery, Sr. (founder)

Emery Worldwide was a cargo airline, once one of the leading carriers in the cargo airline world. Its headquarters were located in Redwood City, California.[1]


Emery started in 1946 and was the first freight forwarder to receive a carrier certificate from the United States Government. For 40 years, Emery was the largest freight forwarder/integrated air carrier in the US.

In 1987, Wilton, CT-based Emery acquired Purolator Courier, Inc., a leading provider of logistics services between the U.S. and Canada.

In 1988, Towers Financial Corporation, led by its CEO Steven Hoffenberg and his consultant Jeffrey Epstein, unsuccessfully tried to take over Emery in a corporate raid with Towers Financial as their raiding vessel. Their bid failed.[2]

In 1989, Emery was acquired by Consolidated Freightways, Inc. which gained U.S. rights to the Purolator name. In 2011 Purolator was renamed Purolator International.

Emery had its planes grounded on August 13, 2001, due to poor aircraft fleet maintenance.[3] It officially ceased operating on December 5, 2001. All of Emery's cargo operations were subcontracted to other airlines.

Emery's successor company, Menlo Worldwide Forwarding, was acquired by UPS at the end of 2004.[4]

At the time of their closing, Emery used Boeing 727, and Douglas DC-8 and DC-10 aircraft to transport freight.

At the end of 2020, UPS was using the name Emery Worldwide to market the air freight portion of UPS Supply Chain Solutions.[5]


An Emery Worldwide Douglas DC-8-73CF at Perth Airport in the early 1990s

Emery Worldwide had in the past operated the following aircraft:[6]

Emery Worldwide fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Beechcraft 1900 1 1991 1992
Boeing 727-100F 42 1981 2001
Boeing 727-200F 14 1993 2002
Cessna Citation I 1 Un­known Un­known
Convair CV-580 11 Un­known Un­known
Convair CV-600 3 1984 1986
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 1992 1994
Douglas C-47A Skytrain 1 Un­known 1977 Written off as N57131
Douglas DC-8-21F 1 1982 1984
Douglas DC-8-33F 5 1977 1985
Douglas DC-8-54AF 3 1990 1999
Douglas DC-8-55CF 2 1990 1992
Douglas DC-8-61CF 1 1982 1984 Leased Flying Tiger Line
Douglas DC-8-62AF 3 1990 2001
Douglas DC-8-62F 4 1991 2001
Douglas DC-8-63AF 3 1984 2001
Douglas DC-8-63CF 3 1985 1999
Douglas DC-8-63F 6 1985 2001
Douglas DC-8-71F 13 1994 2001
Douglas DC-8-73AF 2 1996 2001 Transferred to Air Transport International
Douglas DC-8-73CF 12 1984 2001
Douglas DC-8-73F 1 1998 2001
Douglas DC-8-73PF 1 1994 2001
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15RC 8 1987 1998
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10F 5 1999 2002
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F 3 2000 2002
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 1 Un­known Un­known Leased from World Airways
Learjet 24 1 Un­known Un­known
Grumman Gulfstream I 2 1979 1982

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 8 July 1988, a defamation suit was filed after a package was opened in transit in Los Angeles that included a video tape containing cash allegedly for an NCAA basketball recruit (Chris Mills) for the University of Kentucky. The package was identified as being sent by then-assistant coach Dwane Casey, who sued Emery for $6.9 million, but settled out of court before trial.[8]
  • On 3 May 1991, a Boeing 727 crew had to abort mid-takeoff roll at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut when an engine compressor disk came loose destroying the engine nacelle and severing oil, hydraulic, and fuel lines. The resulting fire consumed the plane and cargo. 3 crew members were on-board. No fatalities.[9]
  • On 9 December 1996, a Douglas C-47A (N75142) crashed on an emergency return approach to Boise Airport in Idaho, killing both crew. Contracted by Desert Air, it was on a cargo flight to its base in Salt Lake City when the starboard engine caught fire shortly after take-off and the decision was made to return to Boise.[10][11][12]
  • On 26 April 2001, a Douglas DC-8-71F (N8076U) landed with a left main landing gear up at Nashville International Airport in Tennessee. The aircraft sustained minor damage and the three-member crew was not injured. Post-accident investigation found improper maintenance to the left main landing gear was at fault.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "We Welcome Diversity." Emery Worldwide. April 26, 2001. Retrieved on February 1, 2011. "Emery Worldwide Attn: HR Dept. One Lagoon Drive Redwood City, CA 94065"
  2. ^ Ward, Vicky (2011-06-27). "The Talented Mr. Epstein". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  3. ^ Isidore, Chris (13 August 2001). "Emery grounds jets". CNN. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ "UPS Agrees to Buy Menlo Worldwide". Los Angeles Times. 6 October 2004. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Emery Worldwide Freight Services - UPS Supply Chain Solutions". www.ups-scs.com.
  6. ^ "Emery fleet". aerobernie.bplaced.net. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "N57131 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Casey's Suit May Be Heard in L.A". Los Angeles Times. 1 August 1988.
  9. ^ "N425EX Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Two die when freight plane crashes at Boise". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 10, 1996. p. 7A.
  11. ^ "Plane crash in Boise kills pilot, co-pilot". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). Associated Press. December 10, 1996. p. 14A.
  12. ^ "N75142 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  13. ^ Howard, John (February 17, 2000). "Fiery cargo plane crash". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1.
  14. ^ "'Center of gravity' trouble cited in jet crash, 3 deaths". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). news service reports. February 18, 2000. p. 4.
  15. ^ "Emery DC-8 cargo plane crashes near Sacramento, California". CNN. February 17, 2000. Retrieved December 13, 2006.

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