NLRB Administrative Law Judge Strikes Down ALPA's Claim For ABX Air Business

WILMINGTON, OH - July 7, 2004 -- ABX Air (OTC/BB: ABXA) announced today that an Administrative Law Judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found that the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) violated federal labor laws in seeking to require DHL Holdings, Inc. to direct its newly acquired subsidiary, Airborne, Inc., to cease implementing its Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) contract with ABX Air.

On August 25, 2003, ABX Air intervened in a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by DHL Holdings and DHL Worldwide Express against ALPA, seeking a declaratory judgment that neither DHL entity is required to arbitrate a grievance filed by ALPA. The grievance sought to require DHL Holdings to direct its Airborne subsidiary to cease honoring its ACMI agreement with ABX Air on the grounds that DHL Worldwide Express is a legal successor to Astar Air Cargo, formerly DHL Airways. ALPA, the labor union representing Astar's pilots, filed a counterclaim requesting injunctive relief, which included transferring all of Airborne's freight being flown by ABX Air over to Astar. These proceedings were stayed last September, pending the NLRB's processing of several unfair labor practice charges that ABX Air filed against ALPA on the grounds that the union's grievance and counterclaim to compel arbitration violated the National Labor Relations Act.

The NLRB prosecuted ALPA on the unfair labor practice charges at a hearing held in March 2004. On July 2, 2004, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Joseph Gontram issued his decision finding that ALPA's grievance and counterclaim violated the secondary boycott provisions of the National Labor Relations Act.

"While we have long believed that ALPA's claim to the work being performed by ABX Air for Airborne was without merit, we nevertheless felt compelled to vigorously represent the interests of the company on behalf of our shareholders, employees and the communities in which we operate," stated Joe Hete, President & CEO of ABX Air. "We will continue in our efforts to be the preferred airlift provider for DHL's Airborne subsidiary."

ALPA has the right to appeal the ALJ's decision to the full NRLB and thereafter in federal court. The appeal process could take several years to complete.

ABX Air is a cargo airline with a fleet of 115 aircraft that operates out of Wilmington, Ohio, and 11 hubs throughout the United States. In addition to providing airlift capacity and sort facility staffing to DHL, ABX Air provides charter and maintenance services to a diverse group of customers. With approximately 7,000 employees, ABX is the largest employer in a several county area in southwestern Ohio.

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