Michael Manning speaks to William J Flynn, president and chief executive officer of Atlas Air Worldwide about how the company has evolved into its position as the world’s largest ACMI provider.
Atlas Air Worldwide was established as a commercial cargo airline in 1992 by its late founder Michael Chowdry. The New York-based airline is named after a Titan in Greek mythology – Atlas was condemned to hold up the sky for eternity and carry the heavens on his shoulders. Thus, the symbol on the tail of each of the company’s aircraft features a golden man carrying a globe. However, this is no coincidence. Initially operating a single Boeing 747- 200, over the last 25 years the airline has expanded upon Chowdry’s vision by diversifying itself into a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. Its earliest clients included China Airlines, KLM and Emirates.