Polar Air Cargo, LLC, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, is an American cargo airline based in Purchase, New York.[2] It operates scheduled all-cargo services to North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Its main base is Anchorage International Airport, Alaska, with hubs at Los Angeles International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and Incheon International Airport near Seoul, South Korea.[3]

Polar Air Cargo
Polar Air Cargo logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #P5CA067Y[1]
Focus cities
Fleet size17
Parent companyAtlas Air Worldwide Holdings
HeadquartersPurchase, New York, United States
Key peopleWilliam J. Flynn


A Polar Air Cargo Boeing 767-300ERF in DHL Express colours. (2013)

Polar was formed in 1993 as a joint venture between Southern Air Transport and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). It started operations in June 1993 and began with charter flights, later adding scheduled services. During 1994, Polar was certified as a supplemental air carrier by the Federal Aviation Administration and on 4 July 1994 as a US all-cargo carrier by the United States Department of Transportation. After several years of continued growth, the remainder of the company was acquired by GECAS.[citation needed]

In November 2001, Polar was acquired by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), whose Atlas Air subsidiary is a provider of ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) freighter leasing. Polar became the scheduled service provider for AAWW, while Atlas continued to supply Boeing 747-400 freighters on a wet-lease basis to major airlines. In October 2006, it was announced that DHL Express would be acquiring a 49% stake in Polar.[4] As of March 2007, Polar is still majority-owned by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (51%) and has 736 employees.[3]


A Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747-8F in DHL colours, departs Hong Kong International Airport. (2013)

Scheduled servicesEdit

Polar provides scheduled freight service covering the transpacific, transatlantic, trans-Asia, and Middle East markets. Polar offers frequent flights to China, connecting Shanghai to the United States and multiple points in Asia and Europe, e.g., Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany.[5]

Charter servicesEdit

Polar also offers charter freight services, using its dedicated fleet of Boeing 767 and 747 aircraft.


A Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747-400F at Narita International Airport, Tokyo, Japan. (2008)

The Polar Air Cargo fleet consists of the following aircraft (As of May 2017):[6]

Polar Air Cargo Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Boeing 747-400F 7 Operated by Atlas Air for DHL Express
Boeing 747-8F 6
Boeing 767-300ERF 4
Total 17


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Polar Air Cargo. Retrieved on February 13, 2011. "Atlas Air / Polar Air Cargo - Headquarters 2000 Westchester Avenue Purchase, NY 10577 USA"
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 64.
  4. ^ "Polar, DHL ink partnership (hktdc.com)".
  5. ^ "Polar Air Cargo".
  6. ^ Polar Air Cargo Fleet - CH-Aviation.ch


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