Smethwick Retires From ABX Air

Stover to Lead Air Park Services

WILMINGTON, Ohio - April 4, 2007 - Rusty Smethwick, Vice President of Air Park Services at ABX Air (NASDAQ:ABXA) for over 17 years, retired last month.

Smethwick joined ABX Air in 1981 as Director of Product Support. However, that was not his first job at the air park. He worked with Overseas National Airways (ONA) which was located at the air park shortly after it closed as a military base. When ONA closed he ended up away from Ohio for a few years and then came back.


Rusty Smethwick

"I was actually on the phone with Al Wiseman (former President of ABX Air) when I saw the first Airborne Express DC-9 on a test flight," said Smethwick. "I was in Georgia at the time."

When Smethwick came to ABX Air, the Air Park Services Department did not exist as it is today. "We kind of brought different groups together until we had the department like it is today," Smethwick said.

Twenty-six years is a long time - plenty of time to make some memories. "Oh yes, there are a lot of milestones I remember," Smethwick commented. "The new runway, outgrowing sort buildings before they were finished, the celebrations - those are all things I will take with me."

Twenty-six years also is a long time to work with many of the same people. "It's the people I think I will miss the most," added Smethwick. "Some of these people have been here as long as I have or longer."

Twenty-six years also is a long time to work with many of the same people. "It's the people I think I will miss the most," added Smethwick. "Some of these people have been here as long as I have or longer."

"Rusty is a legend here; it will be hard to fill his shoes," Stover said. "He has done everything he can to help this transition be a smooth one."

ABX Air is a cargo airline that operates out of Wilmington, Ohio, and 17 hubs throughout the United States. In addition to providing airlift capacity and sort facility staffing to DHL, ABX Air provides charter, maintenance and package handling services to a diverse group of customers. ABX is the largest employer in a several-county area in southwestern Ohio.

For more information, contact ABX Air.