PURCHASE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 25, 2006--Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (AAWW) (Nasdaq: AAWW - News), a leading provider of global air cargo services, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Polar Air Cargo, Inc. (Polar) four additional weekly frequencies for U.S.- China air cargo service beginning March 25, 2007, increasing the carrier's weekly China flights to 16.
"The DOT has granted Polar a very valuable opportunity to increase our presence in the dynamic U.S. - China market," said William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Polar's parent company. "With 12 weekly frequencies today between the U.S. and Shanghai, and with the authority to operate an additional four weekly frequencies starting in March, we are pleased to expand our service to Beijing." Polar will use the four newly awarded frequencies, plus one of the existing frequencies, to inaugurate its Beijing service.
Polar commenced its all-cargo scheduled service to China in December 2004 with six weekly flights. Three additional flights were added in March 2005, and another three in March 2006. The carrier is one of only four U.S. freighter operators designated to serve China. Through its scheduled service network, it offers service between China and multiple points in the United States, as well as Asia, Europe and South America.
"I am extremely pleased that Polar has consistently been awarded additional routes," Mr. Flynn said. "Ever since the first frequencies were awarded to Polar, we have successfully operated our U.S.-China all-cargo service. This has allowed us to grow our presence in China, and throughout Asia, while providing competitive benefits to shippers in the U.S.-China market and all other connecting markets. We look forward to building on our service as the market requires."
About Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.:
AAWW is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas) and Polar Air Cargo, Inc. (Polar), which together operate the world's largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft.
AAWW, through its principal subsidiaries Atlas and Polar, offers scheduled air cargo service, cargo charters, military charters, and ACMI aircraft leasing in which customers receive a dedicated aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance on a long-term lease basis.
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For additional information, we refer you to the risk factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by AAWW with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 14, 2006. Other factors and assumptions not identified above are also involved in the preparation of forward-looking statements, and the failure of such other factors and assumptions to be realized may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed.
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How do these cargo flights do? If shipping by container ship is so much cheaper how much demand is there for an overnight service to china? I also read somewhere that most cargo flights save a lot of money by stopping in ANC.