UPS orders 27 767-300ERs

UPS today announced it had ordered 27 new Boeing 767-300ER freighters to support its growing package business while providing options for the management of its jet fleet.

The 27 aircraft will be delivered between 2009 and 2012. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

UPS said in a statement that it continues to experience strong growth in its international package business, with average export volume climbing 12% in 2006 alone. The wide-body 767’s can be used on routes to and from Europe and Latin America as well as on lanes within Asia and Europe.

The 767-300ER freighter entered service with UPS in 1995. Powered by General Electric jet engines, the plane can carry 24 containers on its upper deck and seven containers in the lower cargo compartments. It has a maximum payload of 132,200 pounds and a range of 3,000 nautical miles.

The order for the 27 B-767s is not related to UPS’s on-going review of its order for 10 Airbus A380 freighters. The A380s are planned to be utilised on specific long-haul routes currently serviced by B-747 and MD-11 freighters.