ABX Air, Inc. Reports First Quarter Revenues and Earnings

WILMINGTON, Ohio - May 9, 2006 - ABX Air, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABXA) reported today improved revenues and earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2006. For the first quarter of 2006, ABX Air's net earnings increased 14.3% to $8.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with $7.1 million, or $0.12 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2005. Revenues increased 6.5% to $369.2 million compared with $346.6 million in the first quarter of last year.

Earnings for 2006 were bolstered by improved productivity for ABX Air's service operations for DHL and higher interest income.

"Our operating results reflect the success of our initiatives to drive down costs and improve the productivity of our sort, line-haul and airline operations for DHL, while setting a new record for on-time service during the first quarter," stated Joe Hete, President and CEO of ABX Air. "By improving productivity and achieving nearly 100% of our cost-related goals under both agreements, our incremental mark-up under those agreements more than doubled to $1.5 million in the first quarter this year, compared with $0.6 million during the first quarter of 2005."

Results Associated with the DHL Agreements

ABX Air has two commercial agreements with DHL: the aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance agreement ("ACMI agreement"), and a hub and line-haul services agreement ("Hub Services agreement"). Under each agreement, ABX Air earns a base mark-up of 1.75% on eligible costs and can earn incremental mark-ups for meeting certain quarterly cost-related goals as well as other annual cost-related and service goals. Any earnings from attainment of annual cost-related and service-related goals are recognized in the fourth quarter.

ABX Air's net earnings from its two commercial agreements with DHL were $5.3 million during the first three months of 2006, up from $5.1 million in the first three months of 2005. The 2006 results included $3.7 million from the base mark-up and $1.5 million in incremental mark-up, representing approximately 100% of the maximum, cost-related incremental mark-up possible under the two agreements. Incremental mark-up totaled $0.7 million from the ACMI agreement and $0.8 million from the Hub Services agreement in the first quarter of 2006.

"ABX and DHL worked closely to optimize line-haul and aircraft routing and remove costs from the ground network," stated Hete. "These measures, coupled with aggressive management of labor resources after the holiday season helped us to achieve a high level of incremental earnings," added Hete.

Results from Non-DHL Operations

Charter revenues grew 78.0% to $3.9 million for the first quarter of 2006 compared with $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2005. Charter revenue growth reflects the strong demand for Boeing 767 freighter aircraft that were placed in service in the second quarter of 2005. Charter earnings of $0.2 million and profit percentages for the first quarter of 2006 were consistent with the first quarter of 2005. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2005, charter earnings were down $0.3 million due to reductions in customer flight hours immediately after the holiday season. As a result, earnings during the first quarter of 2006 were negatively impacted until additional customers were contracted, new stations established and flight hours rebounded.

"Demand for our Boeing 767 cargo aircraft is very strong. We look forward to bringing more of these aircraft into our charter operations later this year, giving us the opportunity to expand our customer base and improve our earnings," noted Hete.

Other, non-DHL revenues increased $0.2 million to $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the first quarter of 2005. Earnings from other non-DHL activities declined slightly during the first quarter of 2006 compared to the first quarter of 2005 due to additional administration and other expenditures for supporting and expanding non-DHL business opportunities.

Outlook/Other Items

Hub Services Reductions

The Company reported in March 2006 that DHL intends to reduce the level of services provided under the Hub Services agreement during 2006. The planned reductions include the truck line-haul network currently managed by ABX and a regional hub facility in Allentown, Pa. Management of the line-haul network was transitioned to DHL on May 1, 2006. The Company projects that the Allentown hub will be transitioned in the Fall of 2006, concurrently with the opening of a new automated facility at that location. Approximately 17.3% of ABX Air's net income during the first quarter of 2006 was derived from the line-haul and Allentown operations.

Aircraft Fleet Consolidation

As previously reported, DHL indicated in November of 2004 that it intended to remove twenty-six aircraft that ABX Air operates on its behalf by the end of 2005. Since November of 2004, seven aircraft have been removed from active service under the ACMI agreement by DHL. While a reduction in scheduled routes flown by ABX Air was implemented in September 2005, ABX Air has not received further notification from DHL of the release of specific aircraft from the ACMI agreement. The timing and number of additional aircraft reductions are at the discretion of DHL.

Mark-up Potential Under the DHL Agreements

The two commercial agreements with DHL specify that ABX Air can earn both quarterly cost-related mark-ups and additional, annual cost-related and service-related mark-up revenues based on its performance against specific goals. No incremental mark-up from the annual cost and service goals was included in our revenue for the first quarter of 2006. These annual mark-ups, to the extent earned, are recorded in the fourth quarter of the year.

In March 2006, ABX Air and DHL agreed to additional performance incentives for 2006 beyond the existing contractual incentives in the event ABX Air can achieve very significant cost reductions under the commercial agreements. Achievement of these additional incentives will be extremely difficult. Also, in March 2006, ABX announced that it agreed to discuss with DHL possible modifications to both the ACMI and Hub Services agreements that could increase both the potential risk and potential reward to ABX Air for achieving certain performance milestones. Those discussions have not yet yielded any modifications to either agreement. If such modifications occur, they could affect ABX Air's incremental returns under those agreements in 2006 and beyond. Further, DHL agreed to modify loan covenants under the Note Payable to DHL to relax restrictions on ABX Air's ability to repurchase its stock subject to an annual limit. The annual repurchase limit has not been determined by ABX Air and DHL.

Conference Call

ABX Air will host a conference call to review its financial results for the first quarter of 2006 on Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at 3 PM Eastern Time. Participants should dial (866) 510-0676 and international participants should dial (617) 597-5361 ten minutes before the scheduled start of the call and ask for conference ID #13384136. The call will also be webcast live (listen-only mode) via either www.abxair.com/ir or www.earnings.com for individual investors and www.streetevents.com for institutional investors. A replay of the conference call will be available an hour after the conclusion of the call. It will be available by phone for five days after the call at (888) 286-8010 (international callers (617) 801-6888); use pass code ID #76926413. The webcast replay will remain available via www.abxair.com or www.earnings.com for 30 days.

ABX Air, Inc. is a cargo airline with a fleet of 112 in-service aircraft that operates out of Wilmington, Ohio, and 18 hubs throughout the United States. ABX Air became an independent public company effective in August 2003, as a result of the separation from its former parent company, Airborne, Inc., which was acquired by DHL Worldwide Express B. V. In addition to providing airlift capacity and sort center staffing to DHL, ABX Air provides charter and maintenance services to a diverse group of customers. ABX Air is the largest employer in a several county area in southwestern Ohio.

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this release contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. ABX Air, Inc.'s actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, ABX Air's ability to maintain cost and service level performance under the commercial agreements with DHL, reductions in the scope of services under those agreements, the ability to generate revenues and earnings from the deployment of Boeing 767 freighter aircraft into non-DHL charter service and from the sort operations being performed for the U.S. Postal Service, and other factors that are contained from time to time in ABX Air's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including ABX's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers should carefully review this release and should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements were based on information, plans and estimates as of the date of this release. ABX undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, future events or other changes.

                 (In thousands, except per share data)
                                          Three Months Ended March 31,
                                               2006          2005
                                          -------------- -------------

REVENUES                                       $369,165      $346,594
Salaries, wages and benefits                    164,765       142,460
Purchased line-haul                              65,494        73,835
Fuel                                             61,338        58,717
Maintenance, materials and repairs               32,638        27,773
Depreciation and amortization                    11,003         9,632
Landing and ramp                                  7,606         9,766
Rent                                              2,430         2,099
Other operating expenses                         14,109        13,137
                                          -------------- -------------
                                                359,383       337,419
                                          -------------- -------------
                                                  9,782         9,175

   INCOME                                        (1,689)       (2,092)
                                          -------------- -------------

EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES                      8,093         7,083
INCOME TAX EXPENSE                                    -             -

                                          -------------- -------------
NET EARNINGS                                     $8,093        $7,083
                                          ============== =============

  Basic earnings per share                        $0.14         $0.12
                                          ============== =============
  Diluted earnings per share                      $0.14         $0.12
                                          ============== =============
   Basic                                         58,270        58,270
                                          ============== =============
   Diluted                                       58,413        58,270
                                          ============== =============

                             ABX AIR, INC.
                            (In thousands)

                                               March 31,  December 31,
                                                  2006        2005
                                              ----------- ------------

  Cash                                           $61,362      $69,473
  Accounts receivable, net                         9,111       15,776
  Other current assets                            37,924       35,197
                                              ----------- ------------
  Total Current Assets                           108,397      120,446

  Property and equipment, net                    394,350      381,645
  Other assets                                    12,817       13,952
                                              ----------- ------------
   Total Assets                                 $515,564     $516,043
                                              =========== ============

  Current Liabilities                           $148,506     $162,269

  Long-term Obligations                          244,816      240,695
  Stockholders' Equity                           122,242      113,079
                                              ----------- ------------
   Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $515,564     $516,043
                                              =========== ============

                             ABX AIR, INC.
                           EARNINGS SUMMARY
                            (In thousands)

                                          Three Months Ended March 31,
                                               2006          2005
                                          -------------- -------------
    DHL Contracts
      Base mark-up                             $128,145      $122,698
      Incremental mark-up                           748           561
                                          -------------- -------------
       Total ACMI                               128,893       123,259
    Hub Services
      Base mark-up                              148,483       136,880
      Incremental mark-up                           792            80
                                          -------------- -------------
       Total Hub Services                       149,275       136,960
    Other Reimbursable                           82,644        79,955
                                          -------------- -------------
    Total DHL                                   360,812       340,174
    Charter                                       3,850         2,163
    All other                                     4,503         4,257
                                          -------------- -------------
        Total Revenues                         $369,165      $346,594

    DHL Contracts
     ACMI                                      $126,054      $120,588
     Hub services                               146,863       134,526
     Other Reimbursable                          82,644        79,955
                                          -------------- -------------
       Total DHL                                355,561       335,069
    Charter                                       3,608         2,025
    All other                                     3,047         2,744
                                          -------------- -------------
        Total Expenses                         $362,216      $339,838

    DHL Contracts                                $5,251        $5,105
    Charter                                         242           138
    All other                                     1,456         1,513
    Interest Income                               1,144           327
                                          -------------- -------------
        Total Earnings                           $8,093        $7,083
                                          ============== =============

Note: The results above for customers other than DHL do not reflect an allocation of overhead costs that are reimbursed by DHL. The provisions of the commercial agreements with DHL do not require an allocation of reimbursed overhead until such time as ABX derives more than 10% of its total revenue from non-DHL sources.

ABX Air, Inc.
Quint Turner, 937-382-5591