They'll Start Arriving In 2009
Moving to expand the capacity of its
air network to accommodate strong international growth, UPS Monday
announced a firm order for 10 A380 super-jumbo freighter aircraft
made by Airbus.
In a related decision, UPS and Airbus have agreed to amend a
previous order for A300 aircraft.
"The A380 will allow UPS to effectively meet the fast-growing
demands of our customers across a variety of global trade lanes,"
said John Beystehner, UPS chief operating officer and president of
UPS Airlines. "This plane offers an exciting combination of payload
and range that will help improve both the capability and efficiency
of our international network."
"We are extraordinarily pleased to have UPS join the growing
list of A380 customers, particularly because their order
demonstrates the strength of the aircraft as a freighter for air
carriers based around the world," said Noel Forgeard, Airbus
President and Chief Executive Officer.
Deliveries of UPS's A380s are scheduled to begin in 2009 and run
through 2012. The order also gives UPS the option to purchase 10
more of the planes. The purchase price of the aircraft was not
disclosed. UPS has not yet made an engine selection for the
Under the agreement regarding A300 aircraft, UPS is reducing its
previous order for 90 planes to 53. To date, 40 A300s have been
delivered and the remaining 13 will be delivered by July 2006.
The A380 has the capacity to carry three decks of cargo with
container capacity of nearly 40,000 cubic feet and a maximum
structural payload of 330,000 pounds. With a range of 5,600
nautical miles, the A380 can fly non-stop to places around the
world that used to take two or more flights.
UPS says its international business has been very strong.
During the third quarter of 2004, for example, UPS's total
international export volume climbed 13.2% over the prior-year
period. Asia export volume increased 29% and export volume out of
China more than doubled compared to the prior year.
"We continually evaluate and adjust the company's air network to
meet the needs of our customers," Beystehner added. "Our strong
international growth has increased our need for larger aircraft and
the super jumbo is part of that solution."