12 Facts About Atlas Air


Atlas Air, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, is a major American cargo airline, passenger charter airline, and aircraft lessor based in Purchase, New York.

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Atlas Air is the world's largest operator of the Boeing 747 aircraft, with a total fleet of 54 of this specific fleet type.

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In 1992, Atlas Air began operations when the airline's founder, Michael Chowdry, started leasing aircraft to airlines.

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In 2006, Amnesty International released a report on extraordinary rendition claiming that Atlas Air was one of the airlines used by the US government for rendering detainees.

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In 2007, Atlas Air began a multi-year training contract with the United States Air Force to provide training for the pilots of Air Force One.

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In March 2010, Atlas Air was awarded the contract to operate the Boeing Dreamlifter transporting aircraft parts to Boeing from suppliers around the world.

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Atlas Air's headquarters are in Purchase, New York, with a flight operations center located in Erlanger, Kentucky.

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Atlas Air operates flights on an ACMI and air charter basis for airlines, express operators, freight forwarders, charter brokers, global shippers and the US Military, along with dry-leasing freighter aircraft.

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Atlas Air has global operations established in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America.

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Atlas Air began operating a premium passenger private charter service for the US -Africa Energy Association in conjunction with SonAir in 2010.

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Today, Atlas Air owns a fleet of ten B747 and B767 passenger aircraft available for lease in the passenger charter market.

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Atlas Air is the charter service for the Colorado Rockies as of 2021.

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