For a couple years prior to ceasing operations in 2001, Emery Worldwide Airlines operated seven DC-10 freighters on behalf of Emery Worldwide Freight. The DC-10s were chosen after Emery Worldwide had conducted an evaluation of Airbus A300B and Lockheed L-1011 freighters (operated by contract carriers). The first aircraft (DC-10-10 N68041) was delivered in late 1999.