ABX Air Files To Intervene In ALPA vs. DHL Lawsuit

WILMINGTON, OHIO - August 25, 2003 - ABX Air (OTC/BB: ABXA) announced today that it has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit between the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) and DHL Holdings (USA) Inc./DHL Worldwide Express, Inc.

ALPA represents the pilot group at Astar Air Cargo, formerly DHL Airways Company. ALPA has requested injunctive relief that includes having the Airborne, Inc.'s freight currently being flown by ABX Air transferred to Astar Air Cargo. On August 15, 2003, Airborne became an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of DHL Worldwide Express, and ABX Air became an independent, publicly owned company. Airborne and ABX Air have entered into an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) agreement and a hub services agreement pursuant to which ABX Air will transport and sort freight for Airborne.

"Our contract with Airborne is clear," stated Joe Hete, President and CEO of ABX Air. "While we are obviously not a party to the dispute between ALPA and DHL, the interests of our shareholders, employees and the communities that we serve should not be ignored. We firmly believe that ALPA's request for injunctive relief is inappropriate and does not serve the public interest. We could not let this matter progress without taking steps to inform the Court of the serious adverse ramifications of the remedy that ALPA is seeking."

Management at ABX is confident that any ALPA action challenging the ACMI agreement between Airborne and ABX Air is not sound and will ultimately be rejected by the Court and/or an arbitrator.

ABX Air is a cargo airline that operates out of a privately owned airport in Wilmington, Ohio, and eleven hubs throughout the United States. In addition to providing airlift capacity to Airborne, the company, which has a fleet of 115 airplanes, provides charter services to a diverse group of customers. With over 7,200 employees, ABX is the largest employer in a several county area in southwestern Ohio.

For more information, contact ABX Air