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UPS Airlines is a worldwide cargo airline owned by United Parcel Servicemarker Inc. ( ). The company is headquartered in Louisville, Kentuckymarker. Its home airport is located at Louisville International Airportmarker.


UPS Airlines flies to more than 200 countries.


UPS Airlines has a fleet size of 263 aircraft, making it the 9th largest airline 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 Boeing's 777F. 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. UPS Airlines placed a firm order for 27 additional Boeing 767-300 Freighter in February 2007 to be delivered 2009 to 2012.Most UPS Airlines flights go through the UPS Worldportmarker at Louisville International Airportmarker.

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.

Major incidents and accidents

See also


  1. UPS Aircraft Fleet Fact Sheet
  2. UPS press release, 17 August 2005
  3. UPS: Press Release
  4. Getting Air Traffic Under Control, Time Magazine, October 19, 2009, p.Global 8

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