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User currently offlineUPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3
Posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

Hear is some excerpts from an interview with UPS's CEO Jim Kelly.
Atlanta, April 13 (Bloomberg) -- The following are comments from United Parcel Service Inc. Chief Executive James Kelly on the company's growth plans, his desire for more trade with China, electronic commerce and plans to purchase more jets. Kelly was speaking at a reception sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

On whether additional jets will be ordered from Boeing Co. or Airbus Industries:
``We are in discussions for additional aircraft and we are in discussions with both of them.'

Now here comes my question. What aircraft does Airbus have that comes in freighter configuration that can reach China from Chicago or Ontario, Ca that could be delivered in lets say a time frame of two years?
I'm going to assume the order will be for 747-400f to reach China and offer the capacity that is going to be needed for these routes.

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User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2989 times:

I say they order the A3XX freighter version. Immense capacity and a good range. It will be available in about 4-5 years.



User currently offlineTr1492 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

Unless the 330 comes in a freighter version, which I don't think it does, Airbus currently does not have any freighters with that kind of range. If anyone out there knows otherwise, please let me know!! I have to agree that if UPS is looking to increase their fleet w/very long range freighters within the next two years, the only option they'd have would be to go with the 747-400F. Another option they might pursue would be to procure MD-11F's or, like FedEx will do w/AA's MD-11's, purchase some -11's and convert them to freighters - this is the only other plane which would offer very long range with a decent payload.

It would be interesting to see if Airbus offers a freighter version of the 3XX - does anyone know if Airbus is planning a version like this, or has even talked about it?


User currently offline777x From United States of America, joined Dec 2014, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2968 times:

A freighter version of the A3XX is planned, and is expected to make up a significant portion of the sales of this model.

extracted from airbus web site -

The A3XX-100F, a freighter, will offer a complementary improvement in the productivity and range of freighter aircraft, a market currently growing at twice the rate of the passenger market. This aircraft will carry a payload of 150 tonnes (330,000lbs) and have a range of 10,630km/5,725nm.

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5601 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2962 times:

777x is right. Look at my new topic "news about A-3xx".

User currently offlineTr1492 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2943 times:

Thanks 777x & ZRH! Hopefully, the range will be a little bit longer for the 3xx Freighter when the plane finally is built - looking forward to seeing them in the next couple of years! Who knows, by then UPS may still be in the ultra-long freighter hunt!!

Regards and thanks again!

User currently offlineBarnaby From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (16 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2939 times:

If UPS gets the China slots (very likely), they will need to start service IMMEDIATELY. There is no time to wait more than 5 years for an A3XX freighter.
The backlogs on the 744F production line are not long, they can start getting their aircraft probably before the year is out. Talk about a no-brainer. When you need range + capacity, the 744F is the only way to go.

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