All you armchair CEO's crack me up! I love it how you guys speculate on what UPS should do. Here's the deal, UPS management has no philosophical problem operating many different aircraft types. Whether or not that is a smart decision is another point. The 727s got a temporary stay of execution, we have 20 in service now and we originally planned to park most them right after peak 2004. They will now be in service indefinitely. Four DC-8s were scheduled to be parked after peak 2004, they are now going to be given the heavy checks they need and will remain in service along with the other DC-8s indefinitely ( I think we have approx. Four DC-8s in storage ). Some 727 and DC-8 routes are scheduled to be upsized to either the 757 or A-300 later this year, with the aircraft then used for operational spares. The four 757s we leased to Star are being returned and will be used for domestic routes this year. We are getting four more MD
-11s this year to be used for increased international volume. We are getting seven more A-300s this year, mainly to be used domestically.
If UPS buys 777Fs, they will not be in service till late in the decade, SO UPS will be forced to continue to use the existing MD
-11 and 747 fleet till the A380 and possibly a 777F enter service. A couple of possible wild card scenarios are UPS buying assets of Atlas/Polar to increase lift in the short term or leasing more 747-200SFs.
To sum it up from the above posts, the 727 fleet will be around for a couple more years at least. The DC-8s are not going anywhere anytime soon. The 747s will have to stay in service unless UPS buys assets of another airline or leases more 747s. I think what you will see later in the decade is when the A-380 and possibly 777F enter service is that UPS will finally retire the 747s and replace the MD
-11 fleet with the newly acquired widebodies.
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