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News Release

Release #03.020
March 7, 2003

Atlas Crewmembers Respond to Management Change

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Captain David Bourne, chairman of the Atlas Airlines pilots’ Master Executive Council, a unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, released the following statement:

"The announcement by Atlas Air Worldwide Holding of changes in the management team of Atlas Airlines has the full and unqualified support of the Master Executive Council and the Atlas crewmembers. Atlas has endured much over the last several years. We have always believed in the quality of our product and our professionalism. The announcement of Jeffrey H. Erickson as president of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings confirms our belief and faith in management’s ability to firmly steer a course that will restore Atlas Air’s leadership role in the air cargo industry.

"We remain as always, committed to Atlas, its success and the future. To that end, we look forward to a renewed commitment and spirit of cooperation between management and labor.

"We may disagree at times. But as we have clearly seen in recent days, by working together we can improve the airline and steer a positive course for the future.

"We look forward to meeting with the company in the days ahead and are confident of a future where management and labor are truly committed to a common goal."

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