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ABX Air

ABX Air, Inc., formerly Airborne Express, is a cargo airline headquartered at Wilmington Air Park near the City of Wilmington, Ohio, USA.[1] ABX Air operates scheduled, ad hoc charter and ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) freight services. It also provides flight support services and training. ABX Air is owned by Air Transport Services Group.

ABX Air's main customer is DHL, and the vast majority of the freight it carries is for that company. Most of ABX Air's aircraft are painted with DHL's yellow and red livery.

ABX also does cargo flights on behalf of Air Jamaica between Miami and the two Jamaican cities of Montego Bay (Donald Sangster International Airport) and Kingston (Norman Manley International Airport). One of their Boeing 767-200s routinely handles the flights, replacing the Douglas DC-8 types that flew previously. The aircraft fly with an Air Jamaica callsign of "Jamaica".

History

The airline was established in April 1980 (1980-04) when Airborne Freight Corporation acquired Midwest Air Charter; operations started later that year. Airborne Express, as the airline was initially named, was a wholly owned subsidiary of Airborne Freight Corporation of Seattle. Apart from its core activity of cargo transportation, Airborne Express also performed airframe maintenance services to a number of aircraft types.[2] At March 1995 (1995-03) the company had 5,500 employees.[3] In January 1996 (1996-01), the company acquired Boeing 767 aircraft for conversion to freighters.[2]

ABX became a public company on 16 August 2003 as part of the merger of DHL and Airborne, in which DHL kept Airborne's ground operations and spun off its air operations as ABX Air Inc. ABX Air's common shares were traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the ticker symbol ABXA. In early 2007, ABX Air entered an ACMI agreement with All Nippon Airways to begin flying freight within Asia. The contract utilized two Boeing 767-200SF aircraft.[4] In March 2007, the airline had 7,600 employees.[5]

On 2 November 2007, CEO Joe Hete and the ABX Air board of directors announced that the company had entered into an agreement to acquire Cargo Holdings International, the parent company of

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On June 29, 2008, a Boeing 767 parked at San Francisco International Airport was seriously damaged by fire as it was being prepared for flight.[13] An investigation by the NTSB revealed that a design fault was to blame for the fire, allowing a short circuit between electric wiring and an electrically conductive component of the oxygen system.[14][15]

On December 22, 1996, an Airborne Express DC-8-63F operating as Flight 827 conducted a test flight after undergoing modifications at Piedmont Triad International Airport. While performing a stall test the airplane entered into a real stall and the flight crew was unable to recover it before it crashed into mountainous terrain near Narrows, Virginia. All six occupants were killed.[12]

An ABX jet damaged by fire at SFO in 2008

Incidents and Accidents

ABX Air operated the following equipment throughout its history:

Historic fleet

ABX Air Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Notes
Boeing 767-200F 24 Fourteen aircraft operating for DHL Express; one aircraft stored
Boeing 767-300F 7 One aircraft operating for Air Transport International and one for DHL Express
Total 31
[11]As of August 2015, the ABX Air fleet consists of the following freighter aircraft:
An ABX Air Boeing 767-200 on short final to Miami International Airport in 2013.

Fleet

On November 10, 2008, ABX Air's largest customer, DHL, announced a plan to exit the United States domestic market.[8] Previous plans by DHL had been to keep its U.S. operations by contracting them out to United Parcel Service.[8] On 30 March 2010, ABX Air's parent company, ATSG, entered into new long-term agreements with DHL, under which ABX Air would continue providing airlift for the U.S. portion of DHL’s international network.[9] In 2014, ABX Air’s sister company Air Transport International (ATI) was cited by the USDA for several violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) during three separate shipments of monkeys destined for laboratories in the United States.[10]

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