UPS continues to experience strong growth in its international package business, with average export volume climbing 12% in 2006 alone, and the wide-body 767s can be used on routes to and from Europe and Latin America as well as on lanes within Asia and Europe. Furthermore, the 27 new freighters will allow UPS Airlines to improve the efficiency and speed of its air network as it eventually replaces aging aircraft.
"The Boeing 767-300ER freighter already is part of our current air fleet and we know from experience what a great workhorse it is," said Bob Lekites, UPS Vice President for Airline and International Operations. "It's also a good answer to our fleet management needs because it provides great flexibility, fast time in transit and sound cost performance. In addition, we already have the pilot training, ground support and maintenance systems in place, making for a seamless integration."
The 767-300ER freighter entered service with UPS in 1995. Powered by General Electric jet engines, the plane can carry 24 containers on its upper deck and seven containers in the lower cargo compartments. It has a maximum payload of 132,200 pounds and a range of 3,000 nautical miles.
"This is a great aircraft for the long-term needs of our company," noted David Abney, UPS's chief operating officer and president of UPS Airlines. "It will support our global growth; it meets the strictest noise and emission standards in the
The order for the 27 B-767s is not related to UPS's on-going review of its order for 10 Airbus A380 freighters. The A380s are planned to be utilized on specific long-haul routes currently serviced by B-747 and MD-11 freighters.
UPS, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2007, is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in