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Northern Aviation Services expands fleet

July 5, 2017

WILMINGTON, Ohio – Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG) today said its subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management, has reached agreement with Northern Aviation Services, Inc. for the lease of three Boeing 767-300 freighters to be operated by subsidiary Northern Air Cargo. The aircraft will provide service to its cargo brands Aloha Air Cargo based in Hawaii, StratAir based in Florida, and Northern Air Cargo based in Alaska.

Northern Aviation Services, Inc. operates Boeing 737 freighters and provides 767 freighter services under ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) agreements with ATSG’s airline subsidiaries.

Under the agreements, CAM will lease three 767-300 freighters to Northern Aviation Services, Inc. for seven-year terms, beginning with the first lease in October 2017. The agreements also provide for the potential lease of additional 767-300s from CAM in 2018. These long-term lease placements will add to the already greater than 80 percent of CAM’s 767 fleet contracted under multi-year dry lease.

Some of the leased 767-300s will replace CAM-owned 767-200/300s currently operating on an ACMI basis under ATSG’s Wet-2-Dry program, which allows carriers to prove their business case for 767s under ACMI arrangements, then transition to long-term dry lease arrangements.

ATSG President and CEO Joe Hete said, “Our relationship with Northern Aviation Services and its affiliates began in 2015 and is expanding based on the solid relationship the companies have developed over that time. We are pleased that NAS has come to appreciate the advantages of our midsize Boeing 767s and the benefits they can provide to regional air cargo networks like the one that NAS is developing. We hope to provide more details about our continuing role as a provider of reliable midsize freighters to NAS in the coming months.”

NAS President and CEO David Karp said, “We’re pleased to be moving forward with our transition from wet leasing to dry leasing with CAM. Our experience over the past two years has given us the confidence to move ahead with this initiative. We look forward to continued mutually beneficial collaboration with ATSG, CAM, and their family of companies. We have already commenced hiring and training of pilots to accommodate this expansion and our operating companies are excited about providing expanded services to our valued customers.”

About ATSG
ATSG is a leading provider of aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements. ATSG, through its leasing and airline subsidiaries, is the world’s largest owner and operator of converted Boeing 767 freighter aircraft. Through its principal subsidiaries, including two airlines with separate and distinct U.S. FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates, ATSG provides aircraft leasing, air cargo lift, aircraft maintenance services and airport ground services. ATSG’s subsidiaries include ABX Air, Inc.; Airborne Global Solutions, Inc.; Air Transport International, Inc.; Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc.; and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc. including its division, PEMCO World Air Services, Inc. For more information, please see

Northern Air Cargo begins Caribbean services

October 26, 2016

MIAMI: Anchorage-based Northern Air Cargo (NAC) is to begin cargo charter services from Miami to several Caribbean destinations on November 01.

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The airline will operate a B737-300 freighter twice a week between MIA, San Juan, PR and Saint Martin; a weekly flight linking MIA and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and a once a week service between MIA, Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Santo Domingo.

“We look forward to welcoming Northern Air Cargo to MIA, and we wish them success on their expansion to the Latin American and Caribbean region,” said Miami-Dade Aviation director Emilio González. “MIA’s vast route network across the globe, in addition to our evolving cargo logistics infrastructure, continues to attract freighter airlines from around the world.”

NAC is the third all-cargo airline to start service at MIA this year. In April, Canadian airline KF Cargo launched charter freight service between MIA and multiple points in South America. In November, U.S. carrier 21 Air is scheduled to begin eight weekly roundtrip freighter flights to Latin America, with six weekly frequencies between MIA and Bogotá, and two weekly flights between MIA, Panama City and Guatemala City.

Founded in 1956, NAC operates scheduled and charter services linking 13 destinations throughout Alaska from Anchorage.

StratAir joins the Saltchuk family of companies

July 15, 2016

Based in Miami, Florida, StratAir’s (previously Strategic Air Services) primary focus is consolidating air freight from facilities at the Miami International Airport to and from international markets including Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Peru.

StratAir runs with several divisions, encompassing; a modern, flexible fleet of Boeing 767-300F/200F freight, a ground & warehouse handling service unit, a trucking division for line haul transportation and an aircraft fueling unit. While StratAir is not an airline, it is a user of approximately 400 to 500 hours of wide-body flying each month, making it the perfect addition to the NAS companies

The founder and current president, Terry Went, will continue to manage the business along with most of the current employees.

Northern Air Cargo announces new hire for general manager

April 11, 2016

Gideon Garcia named G.M. at Northern Air Cargo, Inc.

Anchorage, AK – Northern Air Cargo, Inc. (NAC) recently named Gideon Garcia as General Manager for the Anchorage based, all-cargo airline.  Gideon joins NAC bringing over twenty-two years of Alaska travel trade and business operations experience.  He has previously served as Regional Manager for Holland America Tours; and, most recently and more notably as Chief Operating Officer of CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation where he managed a portfolio of five business units in Southcentral Alaska.  Gideon’s strong qualifications in the areas of safety, operations management, fiscal strategies and sales are welcomed, optimal competencies essential to the ongoing and future success of the 60-year old business.

“While Gideon will be embarking on his first venture in the air cargo industry, he has vast experience with managing large companies with hundreds of employees in a safety sensitive, regulated environment. We are confident that he will be a great leader for NAC’s cargo operations and look forward to the additional stability he will bring,” said Dave Karp, president & CEO of Northern Aviation Services, NAC’s parent company.  In the position as General Manager, Gideon’s primary responsibilities will focus on cargo operations and sales.

Gideon holds a General Management M.B.A. at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College.  From 1988 to 1989, Gideon served with HHC, 119th Military Intelligence Brigade in Ft. Lewis Washington. Gideon leads numerous community organizations and currently serves as president of Anchorage East Rotary Club and Anchorage Downtown Partnership, and board member of Resource Development Council.

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About Northern Aviation Service

Northern Aviation Services specializes in aviation related services and is comprised of five operating brands: Aloha Air Cargo, Aloha Tech Ops, Northern Air Cargo, Northern Air Maintenance Services, NAS Contract Services, and Air On Demand.

About Northern Air Cargo

Northern Air Cargo is Alaska’s largest all-cargo airline offering scheduled and charter services throughout Alaska, the Lower 48 and North America.

Aloha Air Cargo lands atop the list of Hawaii’s largest women-owned businesses

April 17, 2015

Honolulu- Aloha Air Cargo was honored to have been named TOP Women Owned Business by Pacific Business News at the PBN Women Who Mean Business Event recently. Aloha Air Cargo, based on Saltchuk owners – Nicole Engle, Michele Seaver & Denise Tabbutt and Aloha 2014 revenue of $77 Million, was recognized along with 24 other notable local companies.

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