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For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004




Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) Delaware 0-25732 13-4146982 (State or other jurisdiction of incorporation) (Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.) 2000 Westchester Avenue, Purchase, New York 10577 (Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code) (914) 701-8000 (Registrant’s telephone number, including area code) ______________




Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value (Title of Class) ______________

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes □ No Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form l0-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an accelerated filer (as defined in Exchange Act Rule 12b-2) Yes □ No The aggregate market value of the registrant’s Common Stock, par value $.01 per share, held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of June 30, 2004: $1,726,988.1 As of June 1, 2005, there were 3,650,149 shares of the registrant’s Common Stock, par value $.01 per share, outstanding.



Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed all documents and reports required to be filed by Section 12, 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 subsequent to the distribution of securities under a plan confirmed by a court. Yes □ No ______________


None The registrant emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings on July 27, 2004. The shares of common stock traded prior thereto had nominal 1

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This Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “Report”) and other statements issued or made from time to time by or on behalf of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (“AAWW” or “Holdings”) or its management contain statements that may constitute “Forward-Looking Statements” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Those statements and information are based on management’s beliefs, plans, expectations, and assumptions and on information currently available to AAWW. The words “may,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “continue,” “believe,” “seek,” “project,” “estimate” and similar expressions used in the Report that do not relate to historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in the Report are not representations or guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Such risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, those described in Item 1, “Risk Factors.” Many of such factors are beyond AAWW’s control and are difficult to predict. As a result, AAWW’s future actions, financial position, results of operations and the market price for AAWW’s common stock could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by AAWW. Readers are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. AAWW also does not intend to publicly update any forward-looking statements that may be made from time to time by, or on behalf of, AAWW, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Overview AAWW, is a holding company with two principal wholly owned operating subsidiaries—Atlas Air, Inc.

(“Atlas”) and Polar Air Cargo, Inc. (“Polar”). Collectively, these entities (along with AAWW’s other subsidiaries) are referred to herein as the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our.” We provide air cargo and related services throughout the world, serving Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, South America and the United States through two principal means: (1) contractual lease arrangements in which we provide the Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance And Insurance (“ACMI,” “ACMI Contracts” or, in certain circumstances, “wet leases”); and (2) airport-to-airport scheduled air-cargo service (“Scheduled Service”). We also provide military charter services (the “AMC Charter” business), as well as commercial charter services. We operate exclusively Boeing 747 freighter aircraft. Our operating fleet totaled 43 aircraft at December 31, 2004 and 42 aircraft as of June 1, 2005. The reduction in fleet size was due to the retirement of a Boeing 747-200 aircraft, which was damaged in a runway excursion in January 2005 and which we decided not to repair.

AAWW was incorporated in Delaware in 2000. Our principal executive offices are located at 2000 Westchester Avenue, Purchase, New York 10577, and our telephone number is (914) 701-8000.

During the 1990’s, the increased demand for air cargo services, the decrease in passenger airline cargo capacity, and the continuing pressure on the passenger airline industry to reduce operating costs provided air cargo companies with opportunities to expand their air cargo outsourcing services. Most commercial airlines focused their business on transportation of passengers and not air cargo. Nevertheless, most passenger airlines have air cargo customers that require timely and dependable air cargo service. Airlines have serviced such cargo demand through use of “belly” cargo capacity on their scheduled passenger aircraft. Passenger flights are generally scheduled for the convenience of passengers rather than the needs of air cargo customers. Consequently, many airlines outsource to meet their additional air cargo needs, rather than allocating significant resources and expanding their fleet of freighter aircraft to service effectively their air cargo customers. Outsourcing provides a cost-effective and efficient alternative for passenger airlines to maintain and expand the air cargo portion of their business.

In the early 1990’s, Michael A. Chowdry, the founder of Atlas, observed that passenger airlines were losing money and parking aircraft, while a limited number of high gross weight long-haul cargo aircraft were being more fully utilized. Mr. Chowdry saw an opportunity, secured financing and founded Atlas.

Atlas began operations in early 1993 with one aircraft. By February 1994, only one year after Atlas received its certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (the “FAA”), Atlas had grown from a single aircraft and 23 employees to four aircraft with over 150 employees.

From its initial FAA certification in 1993 through 2000, Atlas experienced substantial growth in its fleet and its operating revenues. Though Atlas’ fleet initially grew through the purchase or lease of older Boeing 747 aircraft, most of which were reconfigured from passenger to cargo use, in mid-1997 Atlas placed an order for ten new and higher performance Boeing 747-400 freighters, with an option to purchase up to ten more. By 1998, demand for its services was so strong that Atlas exercised options beyond its initial order of ten Boeing 747-400 aircraft and instead purchased twelve aircraft. In 2000, Atlas’ fleet grew to a total of 36 Boeing 747-200 and 747-400 aircraft.

The Company adopted its holding company structure in February 2001, whereby Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. became the parent holding company of Atlas. Late in November 2001, the Company expanded its product line by acquiring Polar from General Electric Capital Aviation Services. The acquisition added Polar’s B747 fleet and global Scheduled Service operations to the Company’s existing portfolio of products (See “Strategy”, below).

Subsequent to the acquisition of Polar, Atlas and Polar took delivery of four additional 747-400 aircraft in the second half of 2002.

1 Events Leading to Our Chapter 11 Filing Beginning in 2001, the Company was negatively impacted by a number of developments that affected the Company’s operations and its ability to service its debt and lease obligations. In the years leading up to the filing of a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 (“Chapter 11”) of title 11 of the United States Code, 11 U.S.C. 101 et seq. (the “Bankruptcy Code”) on January 30, 2004, the Company’s debt and lease obligations increased substantially in connection with the refinancing of aircraft and the acquisition of additional aircraft as described above.

During the period from 2001 to 2004, the Company and air cargo carriers generally, suffered from (i) a challenging economic environment, especially in the technology and telecom sectors, which historically had been large users of air cargo capacity, (ii) reduced demand for air cargo services, and (iii) the events of September 11,

2001. While prior industry projections anticipated continued growth in the air cargo market, the air cargo industry experienced a 9.7 % decline in demand (measured as revenue ton miles) in 2001, representing the worst yearover-year decline on record.

In October 2002, the Company announced that it would need to restate its financial statements for the 2000 and 2001 fiscal years. The decision to restate was based chiefly on a determination by the Company that certain expenses had been understated in prior years. At that time, the Company anticipated that the restatement would be completed in early 2003.

The Company was unable to file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2002 because the restatement had not been completed by the due date of the report. As a result, Deutsche Bank, the agent under two credit facilities maintained by two subsidiaries of the Company, notified these subsidiaries that failure to provide financial statements for the third quarter of 2002 created a default under such facilities. In early January 2003, the Company entered into an amendment and waiver with Deutsche Bank under these two credit facilities to amend the loan agreements maintained by the subsidiaries and to waive certain events of default under the loan agreements and related aircraft leases.

In response to the challenging operating environment, in early 2003, the Company also embarked on a comprehensive program that included a change in senior management and the initiation of an aggressive operational and financial restructuring plan. Throughout the course of 2003, management implemented significant cost saving initiatives and negotiated with various lessors and secured aircraft creditors to reduce and or defer rents and payments on the Company’s aircraft. By the end of 2003, the Company was able to negotiate binding term sheets and restructuring agreements with a majority of its significant aircraft lenders and lessors.

A number of the restructuring agreements that the Company entered into prior to filing for bankruptcy required, as part of their implementation, a Chapter 11 filing by the Company. In addition, it was believed that a Chapter 11 filing would help facilitate the restructuring program by establishing one forum for the resolution of claims and implementation of a wide range of restructuring agreements. The Chapter 11 filing was also intended to help facilitate the issuance of the new equity securities required by certain of the restructuring agreements. See Note 3 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8 of Part II of the Report for additional information concerning our restructuring.

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Proceedings On January 30, 2004 (the “Bankruptcy Petition Date”), AAWW, Atlas, Polar and two other of AAWW’s subsidiaries, Airline Acquisition Corp I and Atlas Worldwide Aviation Logistics, Inc. (“Logistics,” and together with AAWW, Atlas, Polar and Acquisition collectively, the “Debtors”) each filed voluntary bankruptcy petitions for relief under Chapter 11, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida (the “Bankruptcy Court”). The Bankruptcy Court jointly administered these cases as In re: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Atlas Air, Inc., Polar Air Cargo, Inc., Airline Acquisition Corp I, and Atlas Worldwide Aviation Logistics, Inc., Case No. 04-10792 (collectively, the “Chapter 11 Cases”). During the course of the Chapter 11 Cases, the Debtors operated their respective businesses as debtors-in-possession (“DIPs”) under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the orders of the Bankruptcy Court. The Consolidated Financial Statements appearing in Item 8 of Part II of this Report include data for all of our subsidiaries, including those that did not file for relief under Chapter 11.

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