Bearing the freight of the world

It began with a simple yet astute observation in the early 1990s. Passenger airplanes sat parked as airlines struggled. Yet all of the world’s high-gross-weight, long-haul freighters were up in the air making money. Opportunity beckoned and Atlas Air was born, starting out with a single 747-200 Freighter.

Today, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It operates the world's largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighters. And with the recent delivery of its first 747-8 Freighter, Atlas is the only outsource provider that offers the market-leading performance of the newest and biggest Boeing freighter.

The new freighter, the first of nine on order, will be operated by Atlas affiliate Global Supply Systems for long-time customer British Airways World Cargo. In choosing the 747-8 Freighter, it's clear that Atlas Air intends to remain a heavy lifter in global airfreight.