|Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Reports Preliminary September System Statistics and Traffic Results|
Monday, October 31, 2005 -- Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (AAWW) (OTC: AAWW.PK), a leading provider of global air cargo services, today reported preliminary system statistics and traffic results for September 2005 and for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2005.
Results for the reported periods reflect AAWW's active efforts to maximize profit and minimize risk by optimizing the allocation of available capacity among the Company's four service types in line with prevailing business opportunities and market conditions.
Results for the reported periods also reflect the impact of a strike - principally affecting the Scheduled Service business segment - by crewmembers of AAWW's Polar Air Cargo, Inc. subsidiary that began on September 16 and that ended on October 5, as well as a strategic decision by AAWW to remove a Polar aircraft from commercial service in mid-September pending its sale.
Total block-hour activity during September decreased 7.7% compared with the same month in 2004, while the average number of aircraft operated increased 3.5%.
Block hours operated in the ACMI segment increased 12.8% year over year, while Military Charter segment hours increased 55.1% and Commercial Charter segment hours rose 19.5%. Within the Scheduled Service business segment, traffic (as measured by revenue ton miles “RTM's”) decreased 55.6% year over year, while capacity (as measured by available ton miles “ATM's”) decreased 59.6% year over year, resulting in an increased load factor of 69.0% in September compared with 62.7% in September 2004.
During September, AAWW operated an average of 38.5 widebody 747 aircraft compared with an average of 37.2 in September 2004.
Total block-hour activity for the nine months ended September 30, 2005, increased 6.7% versus the nine months ended September 30, 2004, while the average number of aircraft operated rose 4.2%.
Block hours operated in the ACMI segment rose 31.7% during the first nine months of 2005, while Military Charter segment hours increased 29.2% and Commercial Charter segment hours grew 66.6%. Within the Scheduled Service business segment, traffic decreased 30.9% (in RTM terms) versus the nine months ended September 30, 2004, and capacity (in ATM's) decreased 34.0%, resulting in an increased load factor of 65.4% for the 2005 period compared with 62.4% for the 2004 period.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2005, AAWW operated an average of 39.0 widebody 747 aircraft versus an average of 37.4 aircraft in the first nine months of 2004.
The preliminary system statistics and traffic results tables that follow do not constitute financial statements, were not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and do not contain all of the disclosures required by generally accepted accounting principles or by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or any other prescribed form or format. AAWW cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon the information contained in these statistics and results, which may be adjusted from time to time.
These statistics and results, which have not been audited, may not be indicative of AAWW's financial statements in reports that would be required to be filed pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
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About Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.:
AAWW is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas) and Polar Air Cargo, Inc. (Polar), which together operate the world's largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft.
AAWW, through its principal subsidiaries Atlas and Polar, offers scheduled air cargo service, cargo charters, military charters, and ACMI aircraft leasing in which customers receive a dedicated aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance on a long-term lease basis.
AAWW's press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the Company's home page, www.atlasair.com.
This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect AAWW's current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the operations and business environments of AAWW and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “companies”) that may cause the actual results of the companies to be materially different from any future results, express or implied, in such forward-looking statements.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the ability of the companies to operate pursuant to the terms of their financing facilities; the ability of the companies to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and service providers; the companies' ability to maintain contracts that are critical to their operations; the ability of the companies to fund and execute their business plan; the ability of the companies to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives and associates; the ability 2
of the companies to attract and retain customers; the continued availability of our widebody aircraft; demand for cargo services in the markets in which the companies operate; economic conditions; the effects of any hostilities or act of war (in the Middle East or elsewhere) or any terrorist attack; labor costs and relations; financing costs; the cost and availability of war risk insurance; our ability to remedy weaknesses in our internal controls over financial reporting; aviation fuel costs; security-related costs; competitive pressures on pricing (especially from lower-cost competitors); volatility in the international currency markets; weather conditions; government legislation and regulation; consumer perceptions of the companies' products and services; pending and future litigation; the market acceptance of AAWW's new common stock; and other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in AAWW's reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
For additional information, we refer you to the risk factors set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by AAWW with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 30, 2005, as updated by the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 17, 2005. Other factors and assumptions not identified above are also involved in the preparation of forward-looking statements, and the failure of such other factors and assumptions to be realized may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed.
AAWW assumes no obligation to update such statements contained in this release to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law.