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ABX Air.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1980
Fleet size 37
Parent company Air Transport Services Group, Inc.
Headquarters Wilmington Air Park
Clinton County, Ohio
Key people Joe Hete (CEO), John Starkovich (President), Quint Turner (Chief Financial Officer)[2]
Website www.abxair.com

ABX Air, Inc., formerly Airborne Express, is a cargo airline headquartered at Wilmington Air Park near the City of Wilmington, Ohio, USA.[3] 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 majority of the freight it carries is for that company. Many 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".


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.[4] At March 1995 (1995-03) the company had 5,500 employees.[5] In January 1996 (1996-01), the company acquired 12 Boeing 767 aircraft for conversion to freighters.[4]

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.[6] In March 2007, the airline had 7,600 employees.[7]

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 Air Transport International (ATI) and Capital Cargo International Airlines for a cost of $350 million. The transaction was finalized on 31 December 2007,[8] and ABX Air was reorganized as a subsidiary of a holding company, later named Air Transport Services Group (ATSG).[9]

On November 10, 2008, ABX Air's largest customer, DHL, announced a plan to exit the United States domestic market.[10] Previous plans by DHL had been to keep its U.S. operations by contracting them out to United Parcel Service.[10] 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.[11]


An ABX Air Boeing 767-200 on short final to Miami International Airport in 2013.

The ABX Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[12]

ABX Air Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Order Notes
Boeing 767-200ERF 1
Boeing 767-200SF 21
Boeing 767-300ER 7
Boeing 767-300ER/BCF 1
Boeing 767-300ER/BDSF 3
Boeing 767-300ERF 4
Total 37

Historic fleet

ABX Air operated the following equipment throughout its history:

Incidents and Accidents

An ABX jet damaged by fire at SFO in 2008

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 before it crashed into mountainous terrain near Narrows, Virginia. All six occupants were killed.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b "About Us". ABX Air. ABX Air. Archived from the original on December 6, 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.abxair.com/about/executive-team.cfm
  3. ^ "Zoning Map Archived October 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.." City of Wilmington.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "World airline directory – Airborne Express (ABX Air)". Flight International. 151 (4566): 50. 19–25 March 1997. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "World airline directory – ABX Air (Airborne Express)". Flight International. 147 (4464): 44. 22–28 March 1995. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "ABX Air Enters Into a Watershed ACMI Agreement With All Nippon Airways Co" (Press release). ABX Air, Inc. May 1, 2007. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 45.
  8. ^ "ABX Completes CHI Acquisition and Holding Company Formation" (Press release). ABX Air, Inc. December 31, 2007. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013.
  9. ^ Air Transport Services Group, Inc Archived July 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b "ABX Air, Form 10-Q, Quarterly Report, Filing Date Nov 14, 2008". secdatabase.com. Retrieved Dec 29, 2012.
  11. ^ Air Transport Services Group, Inc Archived July 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 37. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  13. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  14. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David (June 30, 2008). "PICTURE: Fire badly damages ABX 767F at San Francisco". London: Flightglobal. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013.
  15. ^ Croft, John (June 30, 2009). "NTSB: FAA, ABX share blame for 767 fire". Washington DC: Flightglobal. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013.
  16. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: ABX Air Cargo B762 at San Francisco on Jun 28th 2008, on fire while parked, no arson". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  • Günter Endres, ed. (2010). Flight International World Airlines 2010. Sutton, Surrey, England: Reed Business Information. ISBN 978-1-898779-39-1.
  • Marcial, Gene G. (September 26, 2004). "Why ABX Air Is Really Delivering". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013.
  • Ruud Leeuw (2006-04-20). "Airborne Express". Airlines Remembered.
  • "ABX Air sees 2Q earnings drop". Business First of Columbus. 2006-08-10.
  • "ABX Holdings Announces Name Change to Air Transport Services Group". Air Transport Services Group, Inc. 2008-05-16. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008.

External links

  • ABX Air
  • ABX Air SEC Filings

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