UPS has ordered three B767 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions from Boeing, the two announced during the 2017 Paris Air Show today.
“The purchase and conversion of these 767s is a perfect example of how UPS is making smart investments to fuel profitable growth,” said UPS Airlines president Brendan Canavan. “This extension of our relationship with Boeing will help expand the safe, reliable and on-time services we provide for our customers all over the world.”
UPS and Boeing have collaborated on airlift since 1981, when UPS purchased its first B727s to begin its Next Day Air operation, and the express giant was Boeing’s launch customer for the B767 freighter in 1995.
“It’s a privilege for us to supply and support UPS with Boeing Converted Freighters,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO, Boeing Global Services. “With more than 40 years of experience in passenger-to-freighter conversions, Boeing has a deep understanding of the needs of the air cargo industry. This order is an endorsement of the value of that knowledge and the customer service experience we provide.”
Boeing’s current market outlook forecasts a need for 400 widebody conversions over the next two decades, with strong demand for B767 freighter conversions due to a rise in e-commerce and the express market.
UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide and operates 184 Boeing aircraft. In October, 2016 UPS announced the purchase of 14 B747-8 Freighters, with options to purchase 14 additional aircraft.