UPS launches US-UAE direct air freight service

Following the announcement that it has ordered 14 Boeing 747 air freighters, UPS has decided to put one of its 747s on a direct US-UAE service.
The Louisville-Dubai flight leg is part of an around-the-world flight route that begins and ends at UPS Worldport in Louisville, KY.
The Louisville-Dubai flight leg is part of an around-the-world flight route that begins and ends at UPS Worldport in Louisville, KY.


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UPS is launching a daily non-stop flight from its Worldport global air hub in Louisville, KY., to Dubai, UAE, reducing time-in-transit between the United States and key destinations in the Middle East by a full business day.

The flight, operated with one of UPS’s new 747-8F freighters, is part of the build out of UPS’s smart global logistics network and takes place as the company plans for its role as official logistics provider for Expo 2020 Dubai.

UPS earlier this week announced that it had ordered 14 747 air freighters from Boeing in a major deal that has secured the 747 production line for the foreseeable future.

“The UAE trades with all 50 U.S. states and has grown to become the U.S.’s largest export destination in the Middle East,” said Jim Barber, president, UPS International.

“Dubai’s importance as a global trade hub increases every day – and we’re now getting there a day faster with our small package express carrier and cargo offerings,” he added.

“Growth potential is great for companies accessing the UAE and other rapidly developing industrial and commercial sectors in the region. Our new flight is another example of how UPS’s smart global logistics network, which carries three percent of the world’s GDP every day, constantly evolves to service increasing international trade demands.”

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At approximately 7,700 miles (12,400 km), the route is the longest regularly-scheduled flight UPS has ever operated, and is made possible by the new 747-8s, which offer greater payload over long range.

The new flight is currently operating on a weekly basis and will become a daily flight on February 27th, operating Tuesday through Saturday.

The new flight is part of plans to expand UPS’s presence in Dubai, the headquarters of UPS’s Indian Subcontinent Middle East & Africa (ISMEA) region, by establishing capacity, technology and staff capabilities to serve customers shipping to and through Dubai in the build-up to Expo 2020 and beyond.

“Our customers are demanding more capacity, and we’re providing it with this non-stop connection to Dubai,” said UPS Airlines president, Brendan Canavan. “UPS has made a strategic investment in 747-8 jumbo jets, the largest aircraft we have ever flown, to offer sustainable lift on long-range international routes like this.”

The Louisville-Dubai flight leg is part of an “around-the-world” flight route that begins and ends at UPS Worldport in Louisville, KY. 

After arriving in Dubai, new package and freight volume is loaded on-board the aircraft before it departs for Shenzhen, China, home to UPS’ largest facility in Asia.

U.S.-bound volume is then loaded in Shenzhen and the aircraft returns to Worldport via Anchorage, AK.

The current Cologne to Dubai flight will remain unchanged to serve the needs of the customers wanting to use the lane that connects Europe to the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa.

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