About the Company
In the early 1990s, freight hauling was largely an afterthought in the passenger airline industry. Our founder, Michael Chowdry saw an opportunity in the air cargo sector and founded Atlas Air, which began by leasing freighter aircraft to other airlines on an Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) contract basis. Operations began with one aircraft, a Boeing 747-200. By the end of 2000, the Atlas fleet had grown to a total of 36 aircraft.