- Polar Air Cargo
airline=Polar Air Cargo
logo=Polar Air Cargo logo.png
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings
key_people=President Jeff Erickson
Incheon International Airport John F. Kennedy International Airport O'Hare International Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Narita International Airport Los Angeles International Airport Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Polar Air Cargo is an American
cargo airlinebased in Purchase, New York, USA. It operates scheduled all-cargo services to Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealandand the Americas. Its main base is John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, with hubs at Amsterdam Schiphol Airportand Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airportcite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International| page= 64 | date= 2007-04-10] .
Polar was formed in
1993as a joint venture between Southern Air Transport and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). It started operations in June 1993 and began with charter flights, later adding scheduled services. During 1994Polar was certified as a supplemental air carrier by the Federal Aviation Administrationand on 4 July 1994as a US all-cargo carrier by the United States Department of Transportation. After several years of continued growth, the remainder of the company was acquired by GECAS. Fact|date=July 2007
2001, Polar was acquired by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), whose Atlas Airsubsidiary is a leading provider of ACMI(Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) freighter leasing. Polar became the scheduled service provider for AAWW, while Atlas continued to supply Boeing 747freighters on a wet-lease basis to major airlines. In October 2006it was announced that DHLwould be acquiring a 49% stake in Polar, with that deal now finalised. Polar is still majority-owned by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (51%), and has 736 employees (as of March 2007).
Polar provides scheduled freight service covering the transpacific,
transatlantic, transasia, South Pacific, Middle Eastand South Americanmarkets. Polar offers frequent flights to China, connecting Shanghaito New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, South Americaand multiple points in Asiaand Europe.
Polar also offers its customers charter freight services, using its dedicated fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft. This includes both special handling and time-limited shipments. For example, Polar has shipped horses, cattle, race cars and helicopters across the Atlantic; critically needed supplies to
Tsunamivictims; and the rock band Green Day’s musical equipment from one tightly scheduled performance in Glasgow to another at the 47th Annual Grammy Awardsin Los Angeles. Polar and its sister company, Atlas, also do extensive work for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command(AMC).
2006the fleet included [ Flight International, 3-9 October 2006] :
*1 Boeing 747-200F
Polar has parked its 747-100s and -300s, and all but one 747-200, and has laid off most of the crews for those airplanes. Currently there are no plans to purchase new aircraft. Fact|date=February 2007
2005 Winner of the prestigious Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Award in the Air Cargo Charter category. The ACE Awards are presented based on a survey of 20,000 members of the airline and freight forwarding industries in which the members rate air carrier service providers in the areas of Performance, Customer Service, Value, Information Technology and Overall Quality. Fact|date=February 2007
* [http://www.polaraircargo.com Polar Air Cargo]
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