US-based Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) completed a new five-year agreement with DHL.
Under the agreement, which the two companies have been working toward for some time, ATSG will extend its flying in support of DHL’s US operations through March 2019. ATSG said some of the principal elements of the agreement were:
- Extended dry leases through March 2019 for the thirteen 767 freighters currently leased to DHL.
- New dry leases of two 767 freighters through March 2019.
- Continued operation of these fifteen 767 freighters by ATSG subsidiary carrier ABX Air through March 2019.
Whereas ATSG once provided almost all DHL’s flying in the US, in recent years DHL has broadened its support base to include both Atlas Air and Southern Air. While much of the Atlas and Southern flying was originally international, they have both become competitors for the US flying in recent years, and signing this contract gives ATSG considerable security for the period through 2019.