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Southern Air

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Not to be confused with Southern Airways.
Southern Air

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Founded 5 March 1999
Commenced operations November 1999
Hubs Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport,
Leipzig/Halle Airport
Fleet size 11
Destinations Global
Parent company Oak Hill Capital Partners
Headquarters Florence, Kentucky
United States
Key people Daniel McHugh (CEO),
James Walsh,
Thomas Gillies

Southern Air Inc. is a global air cargo carrier headquartered in Florence, Kentucky, United States.[1] It is a certified U.S. FAA part 121 supplemental cargo carrier and is currently only one of two U.S. based cargo airlines operating the 777F. Southern Air is also the first company to provide ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) service for the wide-body Boeing 777F.

The airline operates an all-Boeing fleet of aircraft: Boeing 777F, and the Boeing 737-400SF. Its wide range of services include: long-term ACMI solutions, on-demand commercial charters, as well as Department of Defense Civil Reserve Air Fleet. Southern Air’s operations also support some of the world’s largest combination carriers as well as government agencies and non-government organizations.


The airline was established on 5 March 1999, out of the assets of Southern Air Transport and started operations in November 1999.

On September 7, 2007, Oak Hill Capital Partners acquired majority ownership of Southern Air and merged Cargo 360 into the airline. The company currently has approximately 750 employees.

In February and March 2010, Southern Air took delivery of two Boeing 777 freighters. At the same time, reflecting the change in direction provided by fresh corporate leadership, Southern Air introduced new aircraft livery as well as new corporate branding.

In early 2011, Southern Air entered into a multiple year contract with DHL Aviation; by utilizing the 777's fuel efficiencies, long range and cargo capabilities, SAI was able to augment DHL's overnight express package delivery service through hubs in Cincinnati, Bahrain, Hong Kong and Anchorage, increasing package delivery options provided by DHL to its customers.

The same year Southern Air announced plans to gradually retire the fleet of Boeing 747-200 and 747-300 with 747-400BDSF models with the first delivery expected in late 2011.[2]

In addition to DHL, Southern Air flies charter contracts for Lufthansa Cargo, MASkargo, Ethiopian Airlines, Saudia, TNT, UPS (seasonal) Centurion Air Cargo and the United States Department of Defense.[3]

On 28 September 2012, Southern Air voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with the support of a majority of their key financial stakeholders. Daily operations are not affected.

In 2014, Southern Air took delivery of five 737-400SF passenger-to-cargo converted aircraft. [4]


Southern Air Fleet[5]
Aircraft In service Orders Notes
Boeing 737-400SF 4 2
Boeing 777F 4 - Operate for DHL Express.[6]
Total 8 2


  1. "Contact Us." Southern Air. Retrieved on August 10, 2014. "Southern Air Inc. 7310 Turfway Road, Suite 400 Florence, KY 41042"
  2. "Southern Air to start replacing 747 Classics with 747-400BDSF". 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  3. "In the News Detail". 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  4. "AEI DELIVERS THIRD DHL B737-400SF 11 PALLET CONVERSION TO SOUTHERN AIR" (PDF). 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  5. "Southern Air Fleet Details and History - Just Aviation". Retrieved 2012-05-17. 

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