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UPS to Fly Ultra Long Haul: Non-Stop Between Louisville and Dubai

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UPS to Fly Ultra Long Haul: Non-Stop Between Louisville and Dubai

UPS to Fly Ultra Long Haul: Non-Stop Between Louisville and Dubai
February 05
15:30 2018

MIAMI — Cargo carrier UPS has today announced its longest non-stop flight route between Louisville and Dubai, starting on February 27, which will operate on Tuesdays through to Saturdays.

The 7,700-mile behemoth of a route will be operated with the carrier’s recently acquired Boeing 747-8 Freighters, which will be able to carry significant loads of cargo and go the distance at the same time.

UPS believes that this route will be beneficial to improving “time-in-transit” by one day to key destinations in the Middle East, Africa, and the Indian subcontinent.

“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 from North and South America with our small package express carrier and cargo offerings.”

This new flight will be part of the carrier’s plans to expand into Dubai, which is conveniently the headquarters to the UPS Indian Subcontinent Middle East and Africa Region. The carrier has had long ties with the city, as it comes up to its 29th year of connections between the two airports.

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When the aircraft lands in Dubai, it will be re-loaded up with new freight and will fly onwards to Shenzhen, China, which is UPS’ largest facility within the Asian continent. Once loaded up again, the flight will return to the Worldport hub of Louisville via Anchorage.

“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,” he said.

This route will be entirely beneficial to the UAE economy, especially in the run-up to the Dubai Expo 2020, in which UPS will be the official logistics provider for the event

READ MORE: UPS Announces Order for 14 Boeing 747-8 Freighters

“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 the sustainable lift on long-range international routes like this,” he said.


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  1. kboy555
    kboy555 February 06, 17:40

    I find it interesting that no where in this article, which makes this new UPS flight out to be something new, is there a mention of that fact that FedEx has been flying non-stop to Dubai with a Boeing 777 from their hub in Memphis for years. The article makes this new ultra-long-haul flight by UPS out to be a new route for cargo airlines when in reality it is only UPS finally serving a route that FedEx has been flying for years. The fact that FedEx has flown the route for years doesn’t have to be mentioned in the article but I feel like it would have made the article more well balanced and neutral in the matter.

  2. James Field
    James Field Author February 06, 22:35

    Hey kboy555,

    James here, the writer. Many thanks for your feedback.In the next article comparing certain routes like this, I will be sure to extend my analysis further. I appreciate all of the feedback and would like to thank you for reading my work. It was the more clarifying end that UPS is expanding their global circle rather than looking at FedEx. However, I do accept that I should have looked at that perspective too.

    If you have any other queries, then please feel free to get in touch via email:

    Many thanks in advance!


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