Airborne Express is a cargo airline whose hub is at Wilmington, Ohio. Its headquarters are in Seattle, Washington.
Airborne's first 22 years weren't that promising. Progress came slowly and competition was stiff. But in 1968, the airline started going through some changes. To begin with, Airborne of California merged with Pacific Air Freight of Seattle. The airline moved its headquarters there and changed its name to Airborne Freight Corporation.
Eleven years went by, and the airline changed its name once again, this time to Airborne Express. After buying Midwest Air Charters, Airborne Express made history by buying the Clinton County Air Force Base in Wilmington, and becoming the first airline in history to own and operate an airport.
In 1988, Airborne started offering same day delivery after buying Sky Courier.
1993 saw Airborne introduce the Airborne Logistics System (ALS), which provided Airborne with warehousing and distribution services.
2000 was a year of multiple changes for the airline: Carl Donaway was named the company's new president, leading a batch of managerial changes that year. Also that year, Airborne started a ground service for the first time in its history.
In 2001, Airborne Express launched Ground Delivery Service and 10:30 AM Delivery Service. Airborne.com launched some services of its own, including the Small Business Center and Airborne eCourier.