UPS to start daily nonstop flights to Dubai using Boeing 747-8F in February

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February 6, 2018:  In order to grab a bigger slice of the cross-border trade in Africa, India and the Middle-East, United Parcel Service (UPS) is planning to launch daily nonstop flight service using B747-8 freighter from its Worldport global air hub in Louisville to Dubai on February 27.

The move will help UPS improve its time-in-transit from North and South America to key destinations in the Middle East by a full business day. 

The new service is part of UPS’s strategic plan to expand its presence in Dubai, by establishing capacity, technology and staff capabilities to serve customers shipping to Dubai in the run up to Expo-2020.

“The trade with 50 states in the US has evolved as one of the largest export destinations for the Middle East. Dubai’s has evolved as an important global trade hub, and hence we have cut down on the time-in-transit from North and South America with our small package express carrier and cargo offerings,” said Jim Barber, president, of UPS International. 

“There is a huge growth potential for companies accessing the UAE and other rapidly developing industrial and commercial sectors in the region. Our new flight service to Dubai is yet another example on how UPS’s smart global logistics network, which carries three percent of the world’s GDP every day, is constantly evolving to increase its services to meet the international trade demands,” said Barber. 

The 7,700 miles route between US and the Middle East is the longest regularly-scheduled flight that UPS has ever operated with new B747-8 freighter, which offers greater payload over long range. 

 “Our customers are demanding more capacity, and we’re providing it with this non-stop connection to Dubai,” said Brendan Canavan, president of UPS Airlines. 

“UPS has made strategic investments in 747-8 jumbo jets, the largest aircraft we have ever flown, to offer sustainable lift on long-range international routes like this,” said Canavan.

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