Southern Air 777

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A Southern Air Boeing 777-200 freighter, registration N702GT performing flight 9S-947 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Seoul (South Korea), was climbing out of JFK's runway 22R climbing through about 5000 feet when the crew contacted departure advising they were climbing to 5000 feet. They were cleared to climb to 11000 feet, the aircraft continued climb, the pilot monitoring read back the clearance to climb to 11000 feet when he shouted, obviously to the pilot flying but with radio microphone open: 'Stall! Stall! Stall! Stall! Stall!', then added 'Standby' (obviously directed at ATC). The speed over ground had decayed from about 273 knots to 256 knots while climbing above 5000 feet, the aircraft began to descend from 5150 feet and stabilized about 200 feet lower. In the meantime the controller received several requests from other aircraft and just replied 'Standby' to the other aircraft. The controller queried whether they were ready to climb now, the crew again replied 'Standby'. About 90 seconds after the stall calls the speed had recovered to 277 knots over ground and was accelerating, the crew indicated they were ready to climb again, everything was good again and were cleared to continue their climb. The controller also resumed normal service to all aircraft. The B772 continued their flight to Seoul where the aircraft landed safely about 14.5 hours later.

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 15, 2020


Southern Air

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Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

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Aircraft Registration

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Southern Air
Founded1947 as Southern Air Transport
Commenced operationsNovember 1999
AOC #Q2SA131J[1]
Fleet size17
Parent companyAtlas Air Worldwide Holdings
HeadquartersFlorence, Kentucky, United States
Key peopleJohn Dietrich (CEO),
James Forbes,
Steve Turner

Southern Air Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, is a global air cargo carrier headquartered in Florence, Kentucky.[2] It is a certified U.S. FAA part 121 cargo carrier and is one of only three U.S.-based cargo airlines operating the 777F. Southern Air is 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 737-800BCF. Its wide range of services includes: long-term ACMI, 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.

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The airline was established on March 5, 1999, by James Neff, 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.

In early 2010, Southern Air took delivery of two Boeing 777 freighters. At the same time, 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 Boeing 777, Southern Air 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 gradually retired the fleet of Boeing 747-200, 747-300 and 747-400BDSF models.[3]

On 28 September 2012, Southern Air filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and emerged from bankruptcy in early 2013.

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


Southern Airways

On April 7, 2016, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings purchased Southern Air for $110 million in an all-cash deal.[5] The transaction included Worldwide Air Logistics Group, Inc. and its two operating subsidiaries, Southern Air, Inc. and Florida West International Airways, Inc.[6]

In 2017, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings shutdown Florida West International Airways and cancelled its operating certificate.


Current Fleet[edit]

As of November 2020, Southern Air consists of the following aircraft:

Southern Air fleet [1][7]
AircraftIn serviceOrdersNotes
Boeing 737-800BCF8Operated for Amazon Air[8]
Boeing 777F9Operated for DHL Aviation[9]

  • A Boeing 777 Freighter operated for Thai Cargo. This plane is leased from Southern Air.

  • Southern Air Boeing 747-200

  • The same Southern Air Boeing 777 Freighter as the Thai Air Cargo-liveried plane, but now operating for DHL

  • Southern Air Boeing 737-800BCF (operated for Amazon Air)

Former Fleet[edit]

Southern Air formerly operated the following aircraft:

Southern Air former fleet
Boeing 737-400SF820142020
Boeing 747-200SF2619992013
Boeing 747-300SF320072012
Boeing 747-400BDSF520112014
Boeing 747-400ERF120122015

Pilot labor relations issues[edit]

As of 2018, Southern Air and the pilots' union have signed an agreement changing the work rules to match those work rules contained in the Atlas Air pilots' contract.[10] According to its union, Southern Air pilots have allegedly operated under one of the worst contracts in the aviation industry and the company has had problems with pilot hiring and retention. This has made it more difficult for Southern to meet growing customer demands.[11]


  1. ^ ab'Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View'. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  2. ^'Contact Us.' Southern Air. Retrieved on August 10, 2014. 'Southern Air Inc. 7310 Turfway Road, Suite 400 Florence, KY 41042'
  3. ^'Southern Air to start replacing 747 Classics with 747-400BDSF'. 2011-02-11. 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. ^'Atlas completes Southern Air purchase as strike threat looms - Air Cargo World'. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  6. ^'Atlas Air Worldwide to Acquire Southern Air Holdings Inc'. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
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  9. ^'Production List Search - Just Aviation'. Archived from the original on September 27, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
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  11. ^'Southern Air Pilots Reach Agreement But Workplace Issues Remain'.

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