INFOline for February 26, 2015
Good afternoon, everyone. This is John Starkovich with the ABX Air INFOline for February 26, 2015.
As we get ready for our next management meeting, the Safety Department has put together a summary and a series of slides for 2014 that it will share. In my preview of the materials I am again reminded not only about what strides have been made by Safety under its Director Steve Janasov and his team but also of all of the work of the individual departments in keeping ABX Air a safe and compliant operation. As we step up to the new FAA Safety Management System Final Rule that was published on January 8, we will have three years to have a full SMS Program up and running. We have a good start on that program already, and my thanks to all that have contributed to date and those that will do so as the process gets into full swing.
A representative from the FAA Joint Security & Hazardous Materials Safety, Central Office recently conducted a two-day audit here in ILN this week with Bob Greene and the Ground Department. While the formal report remains in process, ABX Air was advised at the conclusion of the inspection that we were found to be in compliance, with no adverse findings. Thanks to Bob Greene and his folks for handling this and all of their fine work.
Our on-time service performance for DHL for the month of February, subject to verification, is 98.69%. Similarly, for the first quarter of 2014, we are at 98.38% on time performance to date, all subject to verification.
ATSG has announced an investor conference call to review fourth quarter financial results and financials for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The call will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Company will release the financials after market close on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The release will be available on the company web site at www.atsginc.com, and you also can listen to a webcast of the investor call at that web site. Alternatively, the call–in number is 888-895-5479 with pass code 38990766 or you can listen to a recording of the webcast for up to 30 days, again, via the www.atsginc.com web site. I encourage all ABX Air employees to please take advantage of these resources and the opportunity to hear from our senior executive management on the state of ATSG as a whole.
Our sister company AMES announced on February 23 that it has been granted a Class 4 Airframe Rating by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This rating gives AMES broad approval to perform maintenance on nearly all commercial aircraft that can be accommodated within its hangar facilities. "This approval reflects the high level of confidence that FAA regulatory authorities have in our operation," stated AMES President Brady Templeton. "It also provides us with the flexibility to support our rapidly growing customer base."
After almost 36 years with ABX Air, Keith Hill has decided to give up his keyboard for a golf club. Tuesday was his last day. Keith started with the company in 1979, with most of his career spent in the Sort Operation. Keith started as a Supervisor and worked his way up to the Director of Sort Operations at ILN. Keith managed the Regional Hubs for several years before taking his existing role as a Manager in System Control. Our thanks and appreciation to Keith for his years of dedicated service to ABX Air along with best wishes for a long, healthy and happy retirement. You earned and deserve it, Sunshine. Good luck.
A Veteran Resource Fair was held this week at ILN and was sponsored by the Ohio Dept. of Veteran Services, the Ohio National Guard, and Ohio Means Jobs. Approximately 500 veterans attended to meet with 43 different exhibitors. Each one of the ATSG companies, including ABX Air, was represented. The fair helped connect veterans with veteran benefits, bonuses, and job opportunities in the community.
In a February 12 press release, DHL announced that it will invest in the construction of a new, state-of-the-art hub at Brussels Airport. This will further strengthen the position of Brussels within the European and worldwide DHL network. The EUR 114 million investment in the Brussels Hub will triple capacity from 12,000 to 39,500 shipments per hour thanks to the modernization of the sorting technologies used, allowing DHL to respond to expected further growth in international express shipments. The hub will reinforce DHL’s status as a major employer in Belgium and is expected to create 200 new jobs by 2020.
In the February 20 edition of Cargo Facts, it was reported that Southern Air intends to acquire Florida West. Worldwide Air Logistics Group, a recently created subsidiary of Southern Air Holdings, agreed to acquire Miami-based Florida West International Airways (FWIA). The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but when completed will see FWIA join Southern Air under the Worldwide Air Logistics Group umbrella. Southern Air currently operates Boeing 777Fs and 737-400Fs for DHL. Florida West operates three Boeing 767-300Fs in scheduled and charter service in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US, mostly for its primary customer LAN Cargo. The two carriers will maintain their separate identities and will remain in their current locations.
That is all for this week’s INFOline. Thank you for all you do to make ABX Air a success. Take care.