Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Form: 8-K)  






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):   September 2, 2010

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware 001-16545 13-4146982
(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)
2000 Westchester Avenue, Purchase, New York   10577
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   914-701-8000

Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report


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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On September 2, 2010, Polar Air Cargo LLC ("Polar") entered into a plea agreement with the United States Department of Justice (the "DOJ") relating to the previously disclosed DOJ investigation concerning alleged manipulation by cargo carriers of fuel surcharges and other rate components for air cargo services. Under the terms of the agreement, Polar will pay a fine of $17.4 million, payable in five annual installments. Such fine relates to an alleged agreement by Polar with respect to fuel surcharges on cargo shipped from the United States to Australia during the time period from January 2000 through April 2003. During the second quarter of 2010, the Company established a reserve in the amount of $17.4 million that fully covers its exposure with regard to this matter.

The plea agreement is subject to approval and acceptance by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

For additional information, see Polar's press release, dated September 2, 2010, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99 and which is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

99 Polar Air Cargo LLC press release, dated September 2, 2010.

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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

    Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
September 2, 2010   By:   /s/ Adam R. Kokas
        Name: Adam R. Kokas
        Title: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

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Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.   Description

  Polar Air Cargo LLC press release, dated September 2, 2010