ABF Greatly Expands Next-Day and Second-Day Service Through Regional Network

(Fort Smith, Arkansas, September 15, 2008) — ABF Freight System, Inc.®, today announced faster transit times in more than 24,000 station-to-station lanes including approximately 1,300 new next-day lanes and 21,000 new second-day lanes. As a result, ABF has reduced transit by at least one day in over 445 million zip-to-zip combinations.

Called the Regional Performance Model, or RPM®, the network first offered regional service along the eastern seaboard in 2006 and later added regional service for the eastern two-thirds of the United States in early 2007. The latest enhancement reduces the transit times in over 25 percent of the lanes in the carrier’s North American network. By the end of 2008, ABF plans to expand RPM to the western United States to provide next-day and second-day service throughout the country.

“ABF’s most recent expansion of its regional service is now in place, resulting in additional transit-time improvements in tens of thousands of new regional lanes. In fact, we’ve been successfully executing the latest enhancements for almost a month now, refining the new service before introducing it to the market,” said ABF President and Chief Operating Officer Wes Kemp. “Customers are embracing ABF, traditionally a long-haul carrier, as a most reliable regional service provider. They appreciate a carrier that can master next-day and second-day transit and still provide the loss-and-damage-free service for which ABF is renowned.”

RPM runs in parallel with the carrier’s best-in-class long-haul network, enabling customers the convenience of one carrier to handle their regional, inter-regional, and long-haul freight while boosting the reliability of both networks. While the separate over-the-road networks are indiscernible, ABF customers benefit from common pickup, delivery, sales and customer service capabilities.

Established in 1923, ABF® is best-in-class for safety, security, technology and freight-handling. InformationWeek, CIO, InfoWorld, and BtoB magazines have cited ABF’s strategic use of information technology as exemplary. ABF is the only five-time winner of the American Trucking Associations President’s Trophy for Safety, the only four-time winner of the Excellence in Security Award, and the only four-time winner of the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award. ABF also is the only carrier to earn both the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award and the Excellence in Security Award in the same year, which ABF accomplished twice.

ABF provides guaranteed service for expedited or time-definite shipments via its TimeKeeper® service. The ABF system stretches throughout North America, with local service centers serving all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Globally, the carrier serves 250 ports in more than 130 countries.

ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS).

Source: ABF Freight System, Inc.

Contact: Mr. Danny Loe, director of marketing & public relations
Telephone: (479) 785-8803

Websites: abf.com