ABX Air Wins National Award For Blood Drive Excellence

DAYTON, OH - Feb. 6, 2004 - Community Blood Center (CBC) is pleased to announce that Wilmington, Ohio-based ABX Air, Inc. is the winner of a 2003 America's Blood Centers (ABC) Platinum Blood Drive Award of Excellence in the Employer Category. The award, one of three given nationally, recognizes employers that establish blood donation as a community service priority. ABX Air Blood Drive Committee Members, Khaya Rhoads and Linda Billetter, will accept the award on February 21st at America's Blood Centers' winter meeting in Scottsdale, AZ.

In April 2003, ABX Air, Inc., hosted the very first civilian blood drive on board an aircraft in honor of the 100th anniversary of powered flight. Two hundred thirty-seven ABX Air employees registered to donate blood at the drive. Those who were regular donors were invited to give on board one of the company's DC-9 cargo planes.

For the event, ABX Air pulled one of its DC-9s from service for two days to clean it and prepare it for blood donors. It also reserved one of the hangar bays for parking the aircraft and setting up the necessary equipment in and around the aircraft to keep everyone safe and comfortable.

"It was great to see the event come together," said Khaya Rhoads, ABX Air Workers' Compensation Specialist and event coordinator. "CBC suggested the idea and we worked together through all the logistics to make it possible." It was a huge effort, in cost and labor, undertaken by a lot of people with the full support of ABX Air and CBC - reinforcing the commitment to the semi-annual blood drives on base. "The response we got from employees made all of the extra effort completely worth while," added Rhoads.

"It is extremely gratifying to work with an organization that truly understands the life-saving mission of volunteer blood donation and which is willing to soar high above and beyond the basic requirements of hosting a blood drive," said Julia Hall, Donor Services Manager for Community Blood Center. "ABX has demonstrated commitment to the blood drive program at every level and we are very excited that ABX Air has been recognized with this award."

ABX Air, Inc. began hosting blood drives with CBC in 1981. In the last three years, company mobiles have averaged 268 donors. From 1999 to 2003, the percentage of employees donating increased from 4% to 13.8%. This anniversary-marking event was one of the many ideas pursued by the ABX Air Blood Donation Team in recent years to increase the awareness of the need for donations as well as create enthusiasm among employees for the events. ABX Air is the largest business blood drive in CBC's 15 county service area.

About ABX Air: ABX Air is a multi-faceted airline with a fleet of 115 aircraft operating out of a privately owned airport in Wilmington, Ohio, and eleven hubs throughout the United States. In addition to providing airlift capacity to DHL/Airborne, 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.

About ABC: Founded in 1962, America's Blood Centers is North America's largest network of non-profit, community blood centers. More than 450 ABC centers operate in 45 states, and the Canadian province of Quebec, and provide more than half of the U.S., and nearly one-quarter of Canada's volunteer donor blood supply. These centers serve more than 140 million people and provide blood products and services to more than 3,300 hospitals. ABC members are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

About CBC: Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is registered to ISO 9001:2000. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 25 hospitals in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services, visit www.cbccts.org.

For more information, contact ABX Air