ABX Air Lands Purchase Order with USA Jet Airlines

WILMINGTON, OHIO - September 8, 2003 - ABX Air (OTC/BB: ABXA) announced today that it has received an order from USA Jet Airlines worth approximately $1.1 million. ABX has agreed to modify eight DC-9 aircraft with Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) equipment. The company plans to install the RVSM equipment on three aircraft before year-end and on five aircraft in 2004. An option also exists for an additional four aircraft in 2005.

"The Federal Aviation Administration has said that all aircraft must eventually have RVSM equipment installed to operate above 29,000 feet, with a tentative date of January 20, 2005," stated Joe Hete, President and CEO of ABX Air. "We have developed and own an FAA-approved RVSM solution for DC-9 aircraft that we hope will be utilized by many other aircraft operators. Although we will not announce every new contract we sign, this incremental business has decent margins and shows our commitment to expanding our customer base."

FAA-approved RVSM equipment allows aircraft to operate at altitudes above 29,000 feet, resulting in decreased fuel burn and thus lower operating costs. ABX is approved to install the equipment on its DC-9 aircraft, as well as DC-9 aircraft for third parties.

ABX Air is a cargo airline with a fleet of 115 aircraft 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, a wholly owned subsidiary of DHL Worldwide Express, ABX Air 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