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Air Transport Services Group Inc

Company report, featuring a PESTLE, Porters Five Forces, 5C, MOST, CATWOE and SWOT analysis

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Company Description

Air Transport Services Group Inc. is a US-based airline and cargo airline holding company headquartered in Wilmington, Ohio, founded in 1985. The company primarily provides air cargo services, aircraft leasing and charter services, and airport ground and cargo handling services to customers in the US, Canada and the Caribbean. Its main products and services include aircraft leasing and charter services, cargo handling, and aircraft maintenance and ground support. The company serves the commercial, cargo, and military markets, and has operations throughout North America.

Industry Overview

Air Transport Services Group Inc operates in the air transportation services industry, which had a total market size of around $48.7 billion in the US in 2020. This industry employs around 568,000 individuals in the US alone, with many more employed across the world. These employees are based in countries around the world, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe.

Industry Classification

In terms of formal classification, Platform Executive has tagged Air Transport Services Group Inc as a business operating within the Airline and Air Travel industry.

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Intellectual Property

Some of the Patents granted to, or relevant to the organisation include the following:

Patent Title: Modular Aircraft System
Patent ID: 10,788,638
Date: August 4, 2020

Patent Title: System and Method for Aircraft Loading
Patent ID: 10,782,719
Date: July 28, 2020

Patent Title: Systems and Methods for Aircraft Management
Patent ID: 10,774,974
Date: July 21, 2020

Patent Title: Aircraft System
Patent ID: 10,767,871
Date: July 14, 2020

Patent Title: Aircraft System
Patent ID: 10,755,409
Date: June 30, 2020

Patent Title: Aircraft System
Patent ID: 10,748,236
Date: June 23, 2020

Patent Title: Aircraft System
Patent ID: 10,741,164
Date: June 16, 2020

Patent Title: Aircraft System
Patent ID: 10,734,074
Date: June 9, 2020

Patent Title: Aircraft System
Patent ID: 10,726,991
Date: June 2, 2020

Patent Title: Aircraft System
Patent ID: 10,719,921
Date: May 26, 2020

Major Products & Services

The main products and/or services commercialised by this business include the following:

  • Air cargo and charter services
  • Aircraft leasing
  • Aircraft maintenance and related services
  • Aircraft ground handling and passenger services
  • Aircraft fueling
  • Aircraft storage
  • Aircraft parts sales
  • Aircraft de-icing services
  • Aircraft sales and acquisitions
  • Aviation consulting services
  • Airport and aviation security services
  • Logistics and supply chain services
  • Aviation training and safety services

Key Competitors

We have identified the following organisations as being key competitors:

  • Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc
  • United Parcel Service Inc
  • FedEx Corporation
  • Southwest Airlines Co.
  • Delta Air Lines Inc
  • American Airlines Group Inc
  • JetBlue Airways Corporation
  • Hawaiian Holdings Inc
  • Allegiant Travel Company
  • SkyWest Inc
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Key Stakeholders

Stakeholders are individuals or groups who have an interest in a business and/or are affected by its actions.

These stakeholders can have different requirements and expectations from the business, which must be taken into account when making decisions.

By understanding their stakeholders’ requirements, a business can make informed decisions that benefit all involved.

Below is the list of internal and external stakeholders we have identified for this business:

1. Customers: Air Transport Services Group Inc's customers are airlines, freight forwarders, and other cargo operators who use their services to transport goods.

2. Employees: Air Transport Services Group Inc's employees are those who operate and maintain its fleet of aircraft, as well as those who manage the company's business operations.

3. Shareholders: Air Transport Services Group Inc's shareholders are the people who own shares in the company and benefit from its success.

4. Suppliers: Air Transport Services Group Inc's suppliers are those who provide the materials and services necessary for the company to operate, such as fuel, airport services, and maintenance services.

5. Financiers: Air Transport Services Group Inc's financiers are the lenders and investors who provide the company with the capital it needs to grow and expand.

6. Regulators: Air Transport Services Group Inc is subject to a variety of regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Value Proposition

A value proposition explains the unique value and/or benefits that an organisation provides to its customers, partners, stakeholders and the overall market. It outlines what makes a company like Air Transport Services Group Inc different from its competitors, along with what it can offer that key competitors cannot.

A corporate value proposition can be used with the competitive advantages section of this report in order to better understand Air Transport Services Group Inc and its position within the marketplace.

Air Transport Services Group Inc. provides air transportation services to customers in the United States and internationally. The company offers passenger and cargo services, including scheduled and charter flights, airport ground services, and cargo handling. It also provides aircraft management, leasing, and charter services.

Competitive Advantages

Competitive advantages are unique attributes, strategies, resources, or capabilities that allow an organisation to outperform its competitors and achieve superior market position and profitability.

Competitive advantages for the business include the following:

Experienced Management: Air Transport Services Group Inc. (ATSG) is led by an experienced management team with over 60 years of combined experience in the airline and air cargo industry. This experience provides the company with the expertise and knowledge to effectively manage its operations and pursue growth opportunities.

Broad Range of Services: ATSG offers a broad range of services to its customers, including global air cargo operations, aircraft leasing, and aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services. This wide array of services gives the company a competitive advantage over other air cargo carriers.

Low-Cost Fleet: ATSG operates a low-cost fleet of aircraft, which helps the company to keep its operating costs down, resulting in competitive pricing for customers.

Strategic Partnerships: ATSG has developed strategic partnerships with leading air cargo carriers and aircraft manufacturers that provide the company with access to new markets and technologies. This helps the company to remain competitive and to stay ahead of the competition.

Global Reach: ATSG has a global reach, with operations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. This provides the company with the opportunity to tap into growing markets and to expand its customer base.

Customers & Cohorts

As part of this competitive intelligence study, we have identified the main customers of the organisation.

These include the following cohorts:

  • Freight Forwarding Customers
  • Courier Customers
  • Airport Services Customers
  • Corporate Aviation Customers
  • Charter Flight Customers
  • Aircraft Maintenance and Leasing Customers
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Customers
  • Military and Government Customers
  • Aircraft Sales and Brokerage Customers
  • Industry Partners and Suppliers

Market Trends

Market trends can impact an organisation by influencing consumer behavior, altering supply and demand dynamics, and affecting the organisation's ability to remain competitive in the market.

As part of this study, we have identified a number of potential short-term to medium-term trends that could impact the organisation. These include the following:

Key Market Trends
Increased Demand from Low-Cost Carriers: Low-cost carriers are becoming increasingly popular, and as a result, Air Transport Services Group Inc will be faced with increasing demand for their services. This could lead to higher prices for their services, as well as increased competition in the market.

Increasing Environmental Concerns: Air Transport Services Group Inc will have to face the increasing demands for environmentally friendly operations. This could include the introduction of new technologies, alternative fuel sources, and more sustainable operations.

Growing Competition: Air Transport Services Group Inc will have to contend with increased competition from new entrants in the market, as well as from existing players. This could result in price wars, as well as innovations in service offerings.

Changing Customer Preferences: Air Transport Services Group Inc will have to be prepared to meet changing customer preferences. This could include the introduction of new services, such as WiFi, as well as improved customer service. They will also have to ensure that their services meet the needs of a changing customer base.

Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators

Below is a list of KPI's that we have identified as being strategically relevant to this organisation:

Financials (BETA)

The key financials for Air Transport Services Group Inc include income statements, which can be found in their annual reports. These financial statements provide information on the organisation's financial performance and health, including revenue, expenses, and profits. This information, along with other indicators are used by investors, analysts and other stakeholders to evaluate the company's performance and future prospects.

Where a financial does not match, we have included those of the parent company (if a listed entity). If the financials are missing please contact us and we will prioritise the update.

Key Financials

Key Personnel

Income Statement

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Top-level corporate stats and financial highlights for the listed entity, include:

Share Performance

Below is the current (EOD) share performance for the company, or its listed parent:

Potential Products/Services

As part of this study we have attempted to prognosticate potential products and/or services this organisation could develop in the short to medium-term.

Airport Ground Handling Services: Air Transport Services Group Inc could offer airport ground handling services for its customers, such as baggage handling, aircraft fueling, and cargo handling.

Aircraft Maintenance Services: Air Transport Services Group Inc could provide aircraft maintenance services for its customers, such as engine maintenance, avionics systems maintenance, cabin maintenance, and structural maintenance.

Air Freight Services: Air Transport Services Group Inc could offer air freight services to its customers, such as cargo charter services, freight forwarding, and freight brokerage services.

Flight Training Services: Air Transport Services Group Inc could offer flight training services to its customers, such as pilot training, ground school instruction, and simulator training.

Airport Rentals: Air Transport Services Group Inc could offer airport rentals to its customers, such as hangars, office space, and hangar storage.

Airport Management Services: Air Transport Services Group Inc could provide airport management services to its customers, such as air traffic control, airport security, and airport operations management.

Potential Synergies

Using our product and portfolio-matching algorithm, we have determined that the following organisations have potential synergies with the company:

1. Boeing Company
2. United Parcel Service
3. FedEx Corporation
4. Amazon
5. Lockheed Martin Corporation
6. American Airlines Group
7. Airports Council International
8. International Air Transport Association
9. International Civil Aviation Organisation
10. National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Porter's Five Forces

Created by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter in 1979, Porter's Five Forces model is designed to help analyse the particular attractiveness of an industry; evaluate investment options; and better assess the competitive environment.

The five forces are as follows:

  • Competitive rivalry
  • Supplier power
  • Buyer power
  • Threat of substitution
  • Threat of new entries
The Porters 5 forces for Air Transport Services Group Inc are as follows:

1. Supplier power: LOW

2. Buyer power: MEDIUM

3. Threat of new entrants: MEDIUM

4. Threat of substitutes: HIGH

5. Rivalry among existing firms: HIGH The company scores relatively POORLY in terms of supplier power and buyer power, and MODERATELY in terms of the threat of new entrants and the threat of substitutes. However, it scores HIGHLY in terms of rivalry among existing firms, indicating a HIGHLY competitive market.

PESTLE Analysis

This PESTLE analysis is a strategic planning tool that assesses key external factors affecting the organisation, including the following:

  • Political
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Technological
  • Legal
  • Environmental

Each of these factors is analysed to determine their impact on the organisations strategy, objectives, and operations.

By utilising a PESTLE analysis, the organisation can make better decisions and develop strategies to address potential risks and opportunities.

PESTLE Analysis

CATWOE Analysis


The CATWOE analysis is used to investigate each stakeholders perspectives in order to enable the business to make informed decisions.

The CATWOE analysis is a problem-solving tool consisting of six elements:

  • Customers
  • Actors
  • Transformation process
  • World view
  • Owners
  • Environmental constraints

We view the CATWOE as being most useful when used in conjunction with other problem-solving tools such as a SWOT analysis.

Customers: Air Transport Services Group Inc. (ATSG) provides customers with a range of integrated aviation services and solutions. Their customers include airlines, cargo customers, and the US military.

Actors: The actors of ATSG are the Board of Directors, the CEO, the CFO, the COO, and the managers and employees of the organisation.

Transformation process: ATSG provides customers with a wide range of integrated aviation services and solutions, which are designed to meet their individual needs. They provide aircraft leasing services, aircraft and engine maintenance, cargo operations, and ground services. They also have expertise in aircraft modifications and design. Worldview: ATSG is committed to providing safe, reliable and cost-effective airline services and solutions. They strive to be a leader in the aviation services industry by utilizing the most advanced technology and innovative practices.

Owners: ATSG is a publicly traded company, with its shares traded on the NASDAQ Global Market.

Environmental constraints: ATSG is subject to a variety of environmental constraints, including government regulations, economic conditions, and competition. Additionally, the industry is subject to changes in technology, customer demand, and fuel prices.

SWOT Analysis

This SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool used to assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Air Transport Services Group Inc business.

When creating this SWOT the team at Platform Executive have taken into consideration the corporate strategy; brand; key financials; the competitive landscape; along with the products and/or services offered.

To offer increased context for future innovation and product development we also consider the historical context for the business and industry; and perceived direction of travel.

Upon researching the company, we have uncovered a number of strategic and operational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

SWOT Analysis


Below is a list of the strengths we have identified for the business:

1. Air Transport Services Group Inc. (ATSG) is a leading provider of airfreight transportation and related services to major air carriers and other customers.

2. ATSG operates a global network of airfreight hubs, which provides it with significant scale and operational efficiencies.

3. ATSG has a strong track record of customer service and satisfaction, as evidenced by its high retention rates.

4. ATSG has a experienced management team with a deep understanding of the airfreight industry.


Below is a list of opportunities we have identified for the business:

1. Increase operational efficiency: Air Transport Services Group Inc can invest in the latest technology to increase operational efficiency and reduce operational costs. This could include improving their fleet management systems, investing in predictive maintenance tools, and investing in data-driven decision-making processes.

2. Expand international presence: Air Transport Services Group Inc can explore opportunities to expand their international presence by working with regional airlines, leveraging existing partnerships, and exploring new markets and destinations. This could help increase their customer base and revenue.

3. Invest in safety and security: Air Transport Services Group Inc can invest in the latest safety and security systems to ensure the safety of their passengers and crew. This could include investing in new secure communication systems, investing in new security protocols, and hiring additional safety and security personnel.

4. Develop innovative business models: Air Transport Services Group Inc can explore opportunities to develop new business models that leverage existing resources and technology. This could include launching a digital platform for passengers to schedule and pay for flights, developing a loyalty program, and exploring opportunities for new revenue streams.


Below is a list of the weaknesses we have identified for the business:

1. Lack of scale compared to competitors

2. Over-reliance on U.S. Postal Service as a customer

3. Limited geographic reach

4. Lack of an integrated network


Below is a list of the threats we have identified for the business:

1. Increasing competition in the air transport sector: Air Transport Services Group Inc. (ATSG) faces rising competition from other carriers, such as FedEx and UPS, both of which are investing heavily in their own fleets and expanding their service networks. In addition, new entrants such as Amazon and Google are entering the market and could potentially disrupt the industry.

2. Rising fuel prices: Rising fuel costs are a major threat to ATSG’s profitability, as the company relies heavily on fuel for its operations. The price of fuel has risen steadily over the past few years and is projected to continue to increase in the near future, putting additional pressure on ATSG’s bottom line.

3. Volatility in the global economy: ATSG’s operations are heavily dependent on the global economy, and any fluctuations in the economy can have a major impact on the company’s performance. For example, economic downturns in key markets can lead to reduced demand for air transport services, while increases in labour costs can reduce the company’s profitability.

4. Regulatory changes: The air transport sector is heavily regulated, and changes in regulations can have a major impact on the company’s operations. For example, changes in safety regulations can lead to increased costs for ATSG, while new environmental regulations can lead to additional operational restrictions.

5C Analysis

The 5C Analysis is a marketing framework that can be used to provide insight into the key drivers of success, as well as the risk exposure to various environmental factors.
This (concise) 5C analysis examines the external and internal environment for Air Transport Services Group Inc. It includes analysing the company's customers, competitors, collaborators, context, and capabilities. We have produced this short analysis to identify potential opportunities and threats to Air Transport Services Group Inc, as well as areas where the company needs to improve its operations or strategy.
Company: Air Transport Services Group Inc. (ATSG) is a leading provider of air transport services, offering a full range of services and solutions to commercial and cargo airlines worldwide.

Collaborators: ATSG works with a number of airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and other industry partners to provide the best in air transport services. They have strategic partnerships with major global airlines, such as American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Southwest Airlines.

Customers: ATSG provides services to many commercial and cargo airlines, as well as to other customers in the aviation industry. Their customers include major airlines, smaller regional airlines, and a variety of customers in the aerospace and defence sectors.

Competitors: There are several major competitors in the air transport services industry, including United Airlines, FedEx, and United Parcel Service.

Content: ATSG provides a variety of services, including aircraft leasing, freight transportation, aircraft maintenance and repair, and more. They also offer a range of specialised services, such as aircraft charters, aircraft management, and airport services. Additionally, they provide aircraft financing and other related services.
5C Analysis

MOST Analysis

MOST Analysis

The MOST analysis framework is commonly used to identify an organisation's strategic goals, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and develop a plan to achieve its objectives. This analysis helps organisations to focus on what they want to achieve and how to achieve it, while also identifying potential roadblocks or obstacles that may arise along the way.

  • Mission
  • Objectives
  • Strategy
  • Tactics

We have created this analysis from a 3rd person perspective.

Innovation Scorecard

As part of our research and analysis activity, the team at Platform Executive assesses and then benchmarks businesses and the industry verticals in which they operate using a proprietary scoring mechanism.

First, we allocate a score of A-E for the industry vertical, gauged on the key organisations operating within the space; and then score the individual business using a 1-5 score.

A score of D-E within an industry means that it is potentially ripe to be disrupted by a new entrant into the marketplace; and/or vulnerable to technological change.

Likewise, a high score of 4-5 for the company in question indicates that in the view of the analysis team it lags behind notable businesses in terms of innovation and product pipeline.

Innovation Scorecard

Below is a guide to each score:

Industry score:

A The industry is amongst the most innovative; with the leading players all driving the sector forward.
Example industry: PaaS
B The industry and its leading players have a good track record of innovation; and can quickly react to change.
Example industry: Pharmaceutical
C Companies operating within the sector have adequate levels of innovation; and engage in R&D activities when appropriate.
Example industry: FMCG
DBusinesses operating in the industry do not invest enough time and resource into innovation. The sector is stagnant and a good candidate for disruption.
Example industry: Retail Banking
E The major players in the sector seem to lack suitable product development roadmaps; and as a result the sector is highly vulnerable to industry change.
Example industry: Publishing


Company score:

1 The business is amongst the leading players in terms innovation and product pipeline. This will fulfil and reinforce the operations of the business in the medium to long-term.
2 The business has a good track record of innovation, in terms of its products and/or its business model. It is therefore more likely to be able to react and adapt to any changes to the industry.
3 The business is deemed to have an adequate innovation plan, build on research and development and sustainability where appropriate. The business has a product development strategy.
4The business needs to invest more resource and/or intellectual capital in product development, pipelines and/or its business model. The business is at risk of stagnation.
5 The business seems to lack a suitable product development roadmap; and as a result is vulnerable to any notable industry change and/or new entrants in the marketplace.
The team at Platform Executive has judged Air Transport Services Group Inc as having an innovation score of D3.


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The changelog for this report can be found below, complete with the next scheduled update:

v1.1: Initial load of report
Date: 1st March 2023

Key Financials added (BETA)
Date: 17th March 2023

Next scheduled update: 25th April 2023

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