Abx air history

During its initial months of operation in 1980 on the grounds of the former Clinton County AFB in Wilmington, Ohio, Airborne Express moved 14,000 packages a night with a total of 550 employees. After just one year under new ownership, and bracing for growth, Airborne opened a state-of-the-art package sorting facility at its base of operations, steadily growing its package volume.

Airborne Express quickly took off to become the third-largest provider of air freight services, due largely to successful investment in facilities, an aggressive course of instrument landing system upgrades, and precise fleet expansion.

By mid-1983, Airborne was the only privately owned, operated, and maintained Category II ILS in the nation – one of many firsts for the air freight maverick.

Through a continuous stream of improvements, expansions and additions, Airborne Express, which officially became ABX Air, Inc. in 1988, experienced tremendous growth in the years to come. Renovations and innovations in everything from fleet to fuel operations equipped ABX to build upon its value as a key supplier in the air cargo industry. Rapidly and quietly growing

By 1990, ABX had grown to 3,400 employees and was averaging 400,000 packages each night. What followed were runway extensions, day sort capabilities, Wilmington Air Park expansion, and more regional hubs. On its 15th anniversary in 1995, ABX added the 100th aircraft to its fleet. By year 2000, its entire fleet, including the Boeing 767s, had met the FAA deadline for Stage III noise compliance well ahead of schedule.

In 2001 ABX set out on a course of strengthening its focus on market expansion and improved customer service through the introduction of guaranteed morning delivery, broader delivery services, and better web access for small businesses. As a result of DHL purchasing the sales and ground network of Airborne Express In August 2003, ABX Air became an independent public company, entering into contracts with DHL to continue providing lift and package sorting services. Two years later, ABX Air stock began trading on NASDAQ. Behind the scenes, in front of the pack

As it zeros in on its 30th year of serving the air cargo industry, ABX Air stands behind some of the greatest successes in the air cargo industry, offering shipping, charter, maintenance and hub services, parts and training. ABX continues to invest in the technology, facilities, fleet, and most important, the more than 8,000 employees who move millions of pounds of cargo each night. Through a motivated workforce striving to meet its customers’ needs — safely and valuably — and strategic partnerships, acquisitions, and broadening market initiatives, ABX continues to keep its sights set high in serving the air cargo industry.

• On May 1, Airborne Freight Corporation separated the company into four divisions, one of them being the airline. This division consisted of Airborne Express, Inc., (formerly Midwest Air Charter). The airline moved about 500,000 packages each month with 50 planes on 40 scheduled flights. At that point, the airline was operating on 452 acres of land and had over 550 employees across the US in 50 locations. There were 123 pilots, 193 maintenance personnel, 157 ground staff and about 80 administrative staff.

• The first phase of Airborne’s state-of-the-art package sorting facility was put into operation in June of 1981. At an initial cost of $6 million, the sort center covered 83,500 square feet, and was designed to process 50,000 packages each night. Total nightly shipments grew from about 13,750 in January to about 20,275 by December of 1981.

• To control storm water runoff containing residual deicer, ABX Air teamed with two well-known groups to develop a subsurface water treatment facility. First a pilot-scale model was constructed and tested through three winters. Based on the exceptional results from that study, two full-scale treatment facilities were designed and constructed opening in 2001. One of the developers received an award for the engineering involved in the facility.

• Recognizing the need to expand services to meet customer demand, the sales division introduced several new products. Things like a guaranteed 10:30 a.m. delivery, a full complement of delivery services and better web access for small businesses were important initiatives for customers. Ground Delivery Service (GDS) rolled out in April of 2000. This reached out to new markets for Airborne.

• September 11 brought the first-ever nationwide grounding of all non-military aircraft for two days. When the FAA cleared flight traffic again, ABX Air had one of the first flights in the air, repositioning an aircraft for the night system. By the middle of the next week, the freight backlog was expedited and the ABX system was back to normal schedule.