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Atlas Air pilots voice ‘serious concerns’ with Amazon contract

The pilots of cargo plane operator Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings told the company they have “serious concerns” with the way a proposed contract with online retailer Amazon is currently being handled.

   The pilots of cargo plane operator Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) Holdings told the company they have “serious concerns” with the way a proposed contract with online retailer Amazon is currently being handled.
   AAWW plans to hold a special meeting today to gain approval of three proposals related to its future business with Amazon.
   This spring, Atlas entered a deal with Amazon to provide express delivery service using 20 wide-body planes that will be dry-leased from the carrier’s affiliate Titan Aviation Leasing Ltd. Americas and crewed by Atlas Air pilots.
   “At first, we were delighted to see that AAWW was aggressively marketing its services and seeking new business,” the pilots wrote in a letter to the carrier’s management. “But over time, we’ve come to realize that the Amazon transaction is not just an ambitious one – it’s also a daunting one in which the risk of failure falls almost entirely upon AAWW, its shareholders and its other stakeholders, including the pilots. 
   “The transaction will require the upfront expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars to secure a total of 20 B-767 freighters, as well as to hire and train a sufficient number of pilots to fully staff, operate and meet its commitments to Amazon by 2018,” they added. “Under current circumstances, we are concerned that the Amazon transaction will overwhelm and destabilize AAWW’s operations – ultimately harming the company’s shareholders and the pilots at Atlas Air and Southern Air.”
   The group claims to represent the more than 1,600 pilots who work for AAWW, including its affiliates Atlas Air and Southern Air.
   “History has shown that AAWW tends to present a rose-colored picture to shareholders, while leaving critical details in the dark,” the pilots said. “In just the past year, AAWW and some of its affiliates were fined more than $125 million for legal and regulatory entanglements relating to price fixing and inadequate maintenance. It seems these fiascos can in part be attributed to AAWW’s preoccupation with stressing transactions’ financial gains, while disregarding the risks. With respect to the Amazon transaction, we fear that AAWW management will repeat those same mistakes.”
   The pilots asked the company to take its time to ensure the Amazon transaction and the Amazon-related proposals are “prudent.”

Chris Gillis

Located in the Washington, D.C. area, Chris Gillis primarily reports on regulatory and legislative topics that impact cross-border trade. He joined American Shipper in 1994, shortly after graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., with a degree in international business and economics.

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