Why Boeing 767 for UPS?UPS 767 Aircraft details

The American package and document delivery company United Parcel Service(UPS) which operates worldwide, took its latest order of Boeing 767-300F on 23rd December 2020. The courier company had placed its order for the Boeing 767 a month earlier in October 2020; the newest aircraft for the UPS is the 69th Active 767 model in its fleet. 

UPS 767 Aircraft

Registered as N374UP, the company proudly announced its newest addition on its Twitter handle with the quote, “We got an early Christmas present. Say hello to our newest addition”.

UPS is well known for its strict noise-reduction standards for its aircraft and was the first airline to reach the entire fleet with new noise compliance rules in North America. The courier company currently operates in more than 220 countries with its massive fleet of 500 UPS and chartered aircraft. And, the biggest contributor to the large UPS fleet is the Boeing family; UPS has been using the commercial aircraft converted to freighters of the Boeing industry for decades.

More About Boeing 767 Series

Among the various successful aircraft series from the Boeing family, the 767 model is the lowest cost per trip operating vessel. The low operating cost feature vessels with three sizes choice have variable range capability per flight, the universal airport compatibility, and meeting the ETOPS quality is one of the significant features of the versatile series from the Boeing family. 

The commercial Boeing 767 series has successfully given the aviation company a huge push through the rankings. The Boeing 767 family is a series of various categories of wide-body commercial airplanes; even in the series, the most prominent variants are the Boeing 676 series includes five passengers models including, Boeing 767-200, Boeing 767-200ER, Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-300ER, and Boeing 767-400ER.

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Boeing 767-200

The first-ever variant of the Boeing 767 family, 767-200, is the long-haul wide-body passenger aircraft designed with characteristics meeting the modern global standard for both flight safety and environmental impact control in the aviation industry. The big commercial aircraft compatible with any geographic and climatic conditions flight has a seating capacity of up to 216 passengers max. Built with twin General Electric CF6-80C2B4F engines, it can travel up to 6,590 miles in a single flight. The Boeing 767-200 entered service with United Airlines on 8th September 1982.

Boeing 767-200ER

Another variant of medium long-range wide-body extended-range aircraft from the Boeing family. The aircraft comes with the award-winning 777 interior styles with a passenger capacity of 181-224 and powered by PW4062 or CF6-80C2 engines; it can cover a distance of 6,590 miles in a single flight. The upgrade to the 7947-200 version came with the increased range due to the extra fuel capacity of the aircraft and higher maximum take-off weight. This aircraft went through 86 hours of flight testing, 100 hours of special ground testing for certification of new interior design and its comfort & safety with the U.S Federal Aviation Administration before initiating its service with EI Ai in 1984. 

This aircraft also became the first variant of the 767 series to complete a non-stop transatlantic flight. They broke the record for the twinjet flying distance with Air Mauritius 767-200 ER covering the distance of 8,727 miles between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Port Louis, Mauritius in April 1988.

Boeing 767-300

The 767-300 is the first stretched version of aircraft from the Boeing family. This aircraft has been upgraded with a 6.43m fuselage extension adding the extra section before and after the wings space to achieve overall length. Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4D, General Electric CF6-80A2, or Rolls Royce RB211-524H engines, at the height of 15.85m and total length of 54.94m, the 767-300 variant has a travel range of 3,255 miles. The aircraft with a maximum 226 seat capacity is the main competitor of A330-200 from the Airbus family.

Boeing 767-300ER

As the Boeing 767-300 was launched as the successor of the Boeing 767-200, the 767-300ER was designed with an initial plan to surpass the 767-300 variant. One of the greatest updates in this jetliner was increased fuel storage capacity and maximum take-off weight. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000, General Electric CF6, or Rolls-Royce RB211 engines, this aircraft has a maximum 226 seat capacity and can cover a distance of 6,215 miles in a single flight.

UPS 767 Aircraft
UPS cargo 767-300er, Photo by Jim Lough

Boeing 767-400ER

This variant is the first Boeing commercial airplane to enter the aviation service in the 21st century. The Boeing 767-400ER comes with an upgraded digital flight deck with the enhancement of future systems. The 48.5 meters long aircraft has a seating capacity of up to 245 passengers and covers a distance of 5,625 miles in a single flight. The 21st century debut jetliner from the Boeing family entered service with Continental Airlines in 2000 for the first time. 

After decades of working together, the UPS has a huge fleet of Boeing family including  75 Boeing 767-200 models, 69 Boeing 767-300 models, 40 Boeing MD-11, 20 Boeing- 747-8F, 11 of Boeing 747-400F, 4 of Boeing 767-300BCF model, 4 of Boeing 767-300 BDSF, and 2 of Boeing 747-4000 BCF.  Not only that, the Boeing family designed and built their Boeing 767-300 freighter variant aircraft almost exclusively for the UPS. 

Why Boeing 767 for UPS?

The 767 series of Boeing family has been designed to carry 200 to 300 passengers in its double aisle design wide-body and for fuel efficiency. The company has constantly evolved aircraft to meet the needs of the changing aviation market. The next-generation launch of the Boeing family has successfully surpassed its predecessor every time; such is the similar scenario of the 767 series.

The 767 series of the Boeing family has made some major advancements leaving the competitor in the dust. Like how the 767 freighter has a high capacity cargo arrangement and can carry 53 tonnes of revenue cargo at an intercontinental range. The compatibility and advanced avionics, aerodynamic and propulsion feature of this series has made it a diverse aircraft; the Boeing 767 series is the only line of product that serves the commercial passengers, tanker, and freighter market simultaneously. That is why the Boeing aircraft have always been a favorite for UPS airlines, as one of the leading aviation companies; Boeing had been monopolizing the aviation market for 54 years since 1916 before the Airbus family stepped into the competition in 1970.

Boeing Modernizing the UPS Fleet

UPS understands the value of dependability as the world’s largest package delivery company and a renowned name in the airline segment for its specialized transportations and logistics services. The company delivers over 15.6 million packages and documents to its 8.5 million clients spread across the globe every single day. With responsibility that big and as the leading courier company, UPS has to be precise, reliable, and efficient in what it does best, so every second matter for the company.

For the UPS to execute their service exceptionally, they need aircraft that are exceptional in quality, durable, reliable, and can carry the company’s legacy to the future; that’s where Boeing steps in. The biggest courier company in the world has depended on one of the leading aviation companies for consistency and study execution of its operations. Thus, UPS has included many Boeing aircraft in its massive fleet of  500 as the Boeing family has always emphasized developing every aspect of their aircraft considering the need of the time, and they have never ceased to amaze the world with their new innovative futuristic approach. So, we hope to see more of the partnership of two of the biggest names in their respective industry.

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