Plastic Paddy From Ireland, joined Dec 2000, 13 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 993 times:
Slightly off topic this, but can you or anyone else provide any information on the following.
Many years ago, I can recall regularly seeing UPS re-engined DC8's (I think re-engined with CFM's although I could be wrong). They operated trans-atlantic flights on a nightly basis into EMA.
A couple of years ago I happened to be discussing this with a friend of mine, also in the business, who told me that UPS had scrapped all of their re-engined DC8's. This was done, purely to prevent competitors, cashing in on the investment made by UPS, once UPS no longer had a use for them.
Does anyone know if there is any truth in this or was I sold a pup ??
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7711 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 986 times:
UPS scrap their DC-8 Super Seventy fleet? I have yet to hear of one being done given that the planes had their airframe hours "zero-timed" during the conversion to freighter configuration. They are almost as good as a new plane coming off the old Douglas assembly line at Long Beach.
UPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 867 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 966 times:
The DC-8's were not scrapped. All UPS has is the 70 series with CFM 56 engines. The reason why they don't fly to EMA anymore is because they have been used on domestic US duties while the 767 takes over on international routes.
UPS does not want a competitor to be able to take advantage of the investments put into the 8 though. UPS will continue to fly the DC-8 for quite a while and when an aircraft becomes unflyable then it will be used for spares.
Sorry I couldn't elaborate on the 727 more, DE727UPS could fill in the details, I need to get some rest