ATSG Airlines Launch New International Services

Dépèche transmise le 9 juin 2009 par Business Wire

WILMINGTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATSG) announced today the commencement of new wide-body freighter service for Qantas Freight between Australia and New Zealand, and for DHL between Europe and Africa.

ATSG said its subsidiary Air Transport International (ATI) is scheduled to begin providing wide-body ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) service for Qantas Freight between Australia and New Zealand under a two-year agreement starting June 15, 2009.

ATI’s Boeing 767-200-SF will allow Qantas Freight to maintain overnight wide-body freight service and capacity between Sydney, Auckland, and Christchurch on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The ATI aircraft also will be available for charter work and weekend rotations as needed.

“ATI is proud to be providing service to Qantas Freight, the air freight division of Qantas Airways Limited, a name that’s long been synonymous with quality,” said ATI President, Jim Hobson.

ATSG’s subsidiary, ABX Air, Inc., is providing air charter service six days a week for European Air Transport NV/SA, a DHL affiliate, between Brussels, Belgium, and Lagos, Nigeria. Operations began last month.

The agreement is in addition to ABX Air’s ACMI services for DHL in the United States. Initially, ABX Air will operate the Brussels-Lagos run through September 2009.

“ABX Air is pleased to be providing these expanded services to DHL,” said ABX Air President John Graber. “We will continue to seek new opportunities to support them and other major customers, both in the U.S. and abroad, with our expanding fleet of wide-body Boeing 767-200 freighters.”

Both ABX Air and Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services (AMES) personnel will maintain the aircraft in Brussels and in Lagos. AMES is a Part 145 FAA-certificated Maintenance Repair and Overhaul business that ATSG formed last month.

About ATSG

ATSG is a leading provider of air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements. Through five principal subsidiaries, including three airlines with separate and distinct U.S. FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates, ATSG also provides aircraft leasing, aircraft maintenance services, airport ground services, fuel management, specialized transportation management, and air charter brokerage services. ATSG’ subsidiaries include ABX Air, Inc., Air Transport International, LLC; Capital Aircraft Management, Inc.; Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc.; LGSTX Services, Inc.; and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc.

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this release contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. There are a number of important factors that could cause Air Transport Services Group’s ("ATSG’s") actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the satisfactory performance by ABX Air and Air Transport International under their respective agreements, and other factors that are contained from time to time in ATSG’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers should carefully review this release and should not place undue reliance on ATSG’s forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements were based on information, plans and estimates as of the date of this release. ATSG undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, future events or other changes.

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