UPS Expanding Capacity of Air Network in Americas

Miami, June 06, 2011

Company Increases Cargo Capacity on 19 Weekly Flights in Central and South America

With Latin American economies showing solid growth, UPS has significantly expanded the capacity of its express air network throughout the region.

Effective last week, UPS increased its cargo capacity by more than 50 percent on 19 weekly flights into Central and South America, replacing a Boeing 757 narrow-body aircraft with a new, larger B-767 wide-body freighter. The flights will originate from UPS’s Americas hub in Miami and operate into Quito, Ecuador; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Bogota, Colombia; Panama City, Panama; Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Managua, Nicaragua.

“UPS has been one of the largest cargo carriers in the Americas for more than a decade so when our customers asked for more capacity,  we responded with this larger aircraft,” said Romaine Seguin, president of UPS’s Americas Region. “This enhancement in the Americas is a great example of how we continue to grow our portfolio of business solutions to serve the logistical needs of our customers.”

The economies of Latin America grew an average 6 percent in 2010, led by such export industries as flowers and farmed fish in Colombia and Ecuador; fruits and vegetables in Guatemala; okra & automotive parts in Nicaragua, fresh fish out of Panama. Technology and health care products also are increasing.

“Whether you’re talking tilapia, technology or textiles, UPS is uniquely positioned to satisfy customers’ global logistics needs,” added UPS International President Dan Brutto. “We are committed to helping customers grow their businesses to the United States and to expand businesses to new markets around the world.”

The B-767 can carry a payload of 132,200 lbs, or about 50 percent more than a B-757. Those two aircraft are used almost exclusively in the Americas for reasons of crew, operational and maintenance efficiency. The high schedule reliability rate of both aircraft is an attractive alternative for exporters with tight supply chain and cold chain requirements. To increase its reach into the Americas, Asia and other parts of the world, UPS continues to invest in new B-767s with 20 currently on order.

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