Boeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 944 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1310 times:
The A300s are going to be used on domestic routes, mainly out of SDF. There are no short term plans to use the airplane for trans-Atlantic or intra-European routes.
I saw ship #1 coming into SDF last Friday on it's delivery flight, it got quite a welcome from the controllers.
UPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1264 times:
Only the 100 series 72's were re-engined the 200 series are equipped with hush kits.
Right now there are no plans to retire any aircraft. UPS has dry leased 2 747-200's to add to the fleet of 74's. One in service now the other is almost thru with being converted. This is because of increased demand for additional lift.
The only way right now a aircraft will be retired is if it becomes economically unfeasible to repair or becomes unairworthy. This is not likely to happen soon though. The DC-8's are the oldest aircraft in the fleet but with all the electronic cockpit modifications, re-engining, and the mass amount of spares UPS has these will be flying for a while. The same holds true for the other aircraft in the fleet.
Widebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1150 posts, RR: 9 Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1261 times:
.......that's true for the US only though, isn't it? What was the result of the war between the US and the EU over banning hushkitted aircraft in 2-3 years?? UPS's entire European network consists of 727's (and a few Electra's and smaller a/c), they'd be in serious trouble if the laws were to come into force.........
UPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1234 times:
UPS has 76's and 74's feeding to and from Europe from the United States. The majority of aircraft that UPS uses for Intra-European ops are 727-100's. 6 of them have European reg. numbers. UPS only has 8 727-200's. There are 3rd party carriers used in Europe that feed from the main gateways to smaller cities.
As far as the hush kit issue between the US and Europe that is still up in the air I think. The 727-100's that UPS uses have nothing to worry about. The only aircraft in the fleet that would have problems would be the 727-200's.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7874 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1220 times:
People forget when UPS gets its hands on a freighter airplane, they're NOT just getting a passenger plane.
The 721's that UPS owns are not only heavily modified, but also sport modern EFIS cockpits and use the Rolls-Royce Tay hi-bypass turbofan (that's why the S-duct into the #2 engine had to be modified). They are not only FAR Part 36 Stage III compliant, but are also quite fuel-efficient, too.
And the D8's that UPS has are mostly Cammacorp-upgraded planes with modern instrumentation and CFM56 engines, which also means improved fuel efficiency and Stage III compliancy.
Given that UPS does run 24-hour flight operations out of most of the airports they fly into, they have to fly planes that are Stage III compliant because (I believe) FAA regulations at airports that run 24-hour operations require the planes to all be Stage III compliant starting this year.
HeavyJet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1203 times:
UPS has 30 firm orders and 30 options. However, in the Airbus contract UPS can also take advantage of up to 15 additional "rolling" options that can only be used if we exercise the first 15 of our options. In other words, each time UPS exercises an option, the company receives an additional option, up to 15 aircraft. Therefore it is possible that UPS could exercise as many as 45 options.