ABX Air Celebrates 100 Days

Aircraft arrival and employee events mark 100-day anniversary

WILMINGTON, OH - Nov. 20, 2003 - The arrival of the first aircraft bearing the new ABX Air, Inc., logo was the highlight of the day for many ABX Air employees. At 11 a.m. N900AX, a DC-9, taxied up to the front of the hangar. The event commemorated the first 100 days for ABX Air as an independent company.

"It is always an exciting event for our employees when we get a new aircraft paint scheme," said Joe Hete, ABX President and CEO. "This aircraft is the first to announce to all who see it our status as an independent company - that is even more exciting."

Although the separation was announced effective in mid-August, it will take some time to complete the rebranding of many of the physical facilities.

"The aircraft are painted on a regular schedule," added Hete. "Our new logo was designed by employees as was this new aircraft design."

It is significant that N900AX was chosen to be the first ABX aircraft painted in the new paint scheme. This DC-9 was the first one acquired by Airborne Express/ABX Air back in 1980.

To help employees celebrate the event ABX catered a picnic and provided every employee with a card bearing the company values and a pin with the new ABX Air logo. The company also rolled out the newly redesigned employee newsletter.

N900AX comes in for a landing on ABX Air's 100th day
as an independent company

N900AX Fast Facts

  • Original manufacture date: June 18, 1969
  • DC stands for the manufacturer - Douglas Company
  • In service date for ABX Air operations: January 17, 1981
  • Modified to carry C-Containers patented by ABX Air, Inc.
  • Capacity: 52 C-Containers
  • For ABX, DC-9s generally fly daily or nightly to mid-continent destinations.

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 and maintenance services to a diverse group of customers. With over 7,400 employees, ABX is the largest employer in a several-county area in southwestern Ohio.

For more information, contact ABX Air