Air Transport International
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1978 (as US Airways)[1]
Commenced operations1988 (as Air Transport International)
AOC #IXXA394N[2]
HubsCincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Fleet size44[2]
Parent companyAir Transport Services Group
HeadquartersWilmington, Ohio, United States
Key peopleJim O'Grady (President)

Air Transport International, Inc. is an airline based in Wilmington, Ohio, United States. It operates worldwide cargo charters and combi charters for the express package industry and freight forwarders, as well as for the United States Department of Defense. It also wet-leases aircraft. Its main base is Wilmington.[3] It is part of the Air Transport Services Group (NasdaqATSG).


The airline was established in 1978 and started operations in 1979. It was formed as US Airways and later known as Interstate Airlines. The current name was adopted in 1988. On October 1, 1994 International Cargo Express was merged into Air Transport International, which was itself acquired by the Brink's Company in February 1998. ATI was sold in 2006 to Cargo Holdings International (CHI). It has 495 employees.[3]

Cargo Aircraft Management was the lead customer for the Boeing 767 freighter conversion program. In the 12 months after ATI's sale by Brinks to CHI, worldwide airline profits fell significantly; however, ATI continued to negate this trend. Delivery of fully modernized and fuel efficient Boeing 767 was on track for June 2008.

On November 2, 2007, Cargo Holdings International, the parent company of ATI entered into an agreement to be acquired by Wilmington, OH-based ABX Holdings. The company along with sister company Capital Cargo International Airlines were run as separate companies under the Air Transport Services Group umbrella.

In March 2013 Capital Cargo merged with Air Transport.[4]

In March 2016, announced that it would be using ATI to provide transport services for the Amazon Prime network. The deal under ATI's parent company will result in an increase in aircraft, frequencies, and jobs for the airline.[citation needed] ATI has since become the primary carrier serving Amazon Air.[5] ATI currently also operates military charters for the U.S. Transportation Command.[6]


Current fleet

ATI Boeing 767-200BDSF
ATI Boeing 767-300BDSF operated for Amazon Air

The Air Transport International fleet includes the following aircraft (as of June 7, 2021):[2][7]

Air Transport International fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Notes
Boeing 757-200PCC 1
Boeing 757-200C 3 Used for passenger charters
Boeing 767-200BDSF 7
Boeing 767-300ER/BDSF 32 Operated for Amazon Air
6 Operated for Aloha Air Cargo
Total 49

Former fleet

Air Transport International formerly operated the following aircraft:[7]

Air Transport International former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 757-200PCF 4 2013 2020 Operated by DHL Aviation
Douglas DC-8-55CF 1 1984 1984 Leased from National Airlines
Douglas DC-8-55F 1 1981 1983
Douglas DC-8-61F 2 1989 2000
Douglas DC-8-62F 6 1988 2005
Douglas DC-8-62CF 3 1994 2013
Douglas DC-8-62H 5 1988 2002
Douglas DC-8-63CF 1 1995 2002
Douglas DC-8-63F 7 1990 2004
Douglas DC-8-63PF 1 1992 1992
Douglas DC-8-71F 8 2002 2011
Douglas DC-8-72CF 2 2005 2015
Douglas DC-8-73AF 2 2002 2014
Douglas DC-8-73CF 3 2002 2014

Accidents and incidents

Air Transport International accidents and incidents
Flight Date Aircraft Routing Location Description Injuries Probable cause
NTSB Accident Report
March 12, 1991 DC-8-62F New York, NY to Brussels, Belgium New York, NY Captain aborted takeoff and skidded to the right; the aircraft struck ILS equipment, the nose landing gear collapsed and all 4 engines were ripped off; plane was destroyed by fire 5 minor Improper preflight planning/preparation, flight engineer misjudged aircraft weight and balance, improper airspeed by flight engineer and improper supervision by pilot
805 opf. Burlington Air Express
NTSB Accident Report
February 15, 1992 DC-8-63F Seattle, WA to Toledo, OH Swanton, OH After the First Officer made two unsuccessful ILS approach attempts, the Captain took control, became spatially disoriented and accidentally caused the plane to enter a bank and attitude from which the plane would not recover 4 fatal Aircraft control not maintained by the pilot
NTSB Accident Report
February 16, 1995 DC-8-63F Kansas City-Westover Air Reserve Base/Metropolitan Airport Kansas City International Airport While departing for a ferry flight with the #1 engine inoperative the plane started to veer to the left; the plane continued its takeoff roll with the tail striking the ground; the plane was able to lift off but subsequently crashed, left wing first 3 fatal Decision to continue takeoff below rotation airspeed, lack of understanding of a three-engine takeoff procedure and failure of the company to ensure that flight crew received proper training

Negligent in freight of macaques from China

In an inspection report, the United States Department of Agriculture stated that Air Transport International had shipped 1,148 crab-eating macaques to Houston from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou and failed to provide the animals with food and water for over 24 hours, in violation of the Animal Welfare Act. This was the second time Air Transport International had "run afoul of the law" for transporting animals from China for laboratory research.[8]

See also


  1. ^ Norwood, Tom; Wegg (2002). North American Airlines Handbook. John (3rd ed.). Sandpoint, ID: Airways International. ISBN 0-9653993-8-9. Archived from the original on 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-12-21.
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. pp. 67–68.
  4. ^ Popkins, Ned. "Orlando-based Capital Cargo International Airlines shutting down". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  5. ^ "Amazon Prime Air Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 2021-09-27.
  6. ^ Bush, John (2021-06-29). "Local cargo airline lands millions of dollars in new defense work". Dayton Business Journal. Archived from the original on 2021-06-29. Retrieved 2021-09-27.
  7. ^ a b "Air Transport International Fleet Details and History". Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  8. ^ "U.S. Charter Airline Cited for Neglecting Cargo of Macaques From China - The New York Times". 8 January 2015.

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