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UPS Airlines
Founded 1988
Fleet size 262
Destinations 200 Countries
Headquarters Louisville, Kentucky
Key people David Abney (President)

UPS Airlines is a worldwide cargo airline owned by United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSEUPS). The company is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Its home airport is located at Louisville International Airport. The pilots are represented by the Independent Pilots Association.



UPS Airlines flies to more than 100 countries.


UPS Airlines has a fleet size of 263 aircraft,[5] making it the 9th largest airline (by number of planes) in the world:

UPS Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders
Airbus A300-600RF 53 0
Boeing 747-400F 10 4
Boeing 757-200PF 75 0
Boeing 767-300F 33 26
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 38 0

UPS Airlines had ordered ten Airbus A380 freighters and had options on ten more. As part of the deal, the airline reduced an existing commitment for ninety Airbus A300 freighters to fifty three. But, in March 2007, UPS canceled their A380F orders. UPS has yet to announce a replacement order in place of the A380Fs. It has been rumored that UPS will order the Boeing 777 Freighter[citation needed]. UPS has also ordered eight Boeing 747-400 freighters to increase capacity on its major "trunk" routes to Europe, Asia, and North America. These are expected to be delivered in June 2007 and go on through 2008.[6] UPS Airlines placed a firm order for 27 additional Boeing 767-300 Freighters in February 2007 to be delivered 2009 to 2012.[7] Most UPS Airlines flights go through the UPS Worldport at Louisville International Airport.

Use of Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) to save fuel

UPS Airlines is experimenting with a Global Positioning System based landing procedure,called Continuous-Descent Approach at the Worldport, replacing the traditional holding pattern and step-wise descent. CDA is used to reduce the time and fuel needed to approach a runway and land by eliminating the need to alternatively reduce and increase throttle to descend and level off. UPS Airlines estimates that this procedure saves an average of 250 to 465 lbs (110-210 kilograms) of fuel per flight. CDA is part of the Federal Aviation Administration's long-term "Next-Gen" air traffic control plan.[8]

Major incidents and accidents


  • On February 8, 2010 UPS announced the plans to furlough at least 300 pilots in 2010 and 2011. This new strategy by UPS cancels the breakthrough agreement reached in 2009 between UPS and the pilot labor union, the Independent Pilots Association, which used voluntary programs to achieve savings. [12]

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