BrowntailWhale From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1488 times:
We have 3 MD-11s in service now. There are lots of rumors of future fleet plans. JAL was the source for the rest of the firm orders for MD-11s, and apparently they do not want to get rid of them now. This leaves Boeing without a source for MD-11s for us. The latest rumor has that Boeing is in talks with us to take in trade our 3 MD-11s and in return have us purchase converted 747-400 pax planes, mostly from United.
UPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1384 times:
The MD-11 is solid for now. 691UP has been retired (oldest 747 flying) There was a fleet up of 747-200's but with the 100's being some of the oldest in the air, there will be a need. Boeing offered the 747-300 conversion with the MD-11. The 747-400 conversion has been mentioned also.
At the moment though volume is down for the whole industry. A300's have been defered for 7 months at the moment and no plans have been made for further purchases unless there is a drastic need for additional lift.
Doug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3457 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1295 times:
a pilot whos been there since the late 80s said that management is always claiming the 8's are on the way out....... he guess they'd be there longer than the 75s but seriosly, why all the a300s? they are the biggest pain to load.
LV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1279 times:
I was reading a report the other day that talked about how there is a shortage of truck drivers and the railroads are nearing capacity despite the downturn in the economy. Yet, demand for UPS and Fedex continue to climb.
How does this relate, well if they can't put them on trucks or trains, that leaves planes. UPS is probably going to have to expand its fleet and have almost a zero retirement rate for its aircraft to keep up with demand. The only other option I see is to start relying on commerical pax flights more.
Or they could contract out more flying but you can only do so much of that too.