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Worldport Turns 10: Happy Birthday
UPS 757 at Worldport

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the official grand opening of the largest, fully-automated package handling facility in the world. Ten years ago, UPS employees, customers, board members and local, state and government officials gathered in Louisville, Kentucky for a press event to celebrate the facility’s grand opening and to be among the first to hear its new name: Worldport.

Today, Worldport handles about 130 aircraft daily and processes an average of 1.6 million packages a day, with a record 3.6 million packages processed on peak day in 2011. The facility measures 5.2 million square feet — the equivalent of more than 90 football fields — with a perimeter of 7.2 miles. It contains 155 miles of conveyors with the capacity for sorting 416,000 packages per hour.

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UPS Pilot Teaches Youth to Navigate Life
Ray Robinson

Today’s story is part of our month-long series on UPSers as Everyday Heroes.

UPS MD-11 First Officer Ray Robinson creates extraordinary aviation and life lessons for students.

This summer, I worked with the Aviation Career Education Academy (ACE) in Louisville, Ky., which is hosted by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP). That’s where I met Ray, who serves as the academy’s volunteer director. 

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Logistics with Teeth

This was not my first close encounter with a wild Alaskan bear. Each meeting was a visceral experience, evoking wonder, awe and fear. The beasts were ever breathtaking, yet deadly. All sinew, fur and teeth, these were nature’s most ruthless hunting machines.

The beast before me was a polar bear. Ursus maritimus, the lethal arctic ghost. My mind raced, my pulse quickened. What to do? Fight or flight? Play dead? No, there could be only choice: the baby bottle.

Alright, I’m no Steve Irwin. Or Jim Fowler. I’m not even Marlin Perkins, who sat in the Wild Kingdom TV studio while Jim did all the dangerous stuff in the field. My previous Alaska bear encounters were in a hotel parking lot and behind a fence at a wildlife refuge. But I did see them, they were close, and the legends will continue to grow!

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Planning to Meet Our Customers’ Needs

A few weeks ago I went on a weekend trip with my sister to Miami. She’s a New Yorker and I’m from Kentucky, so it took some major planning to get us from two separate cities to one destination, at the same time. The logistics of our trip got me thinking about the planning process. This month UPS will add new flights from Hong Kong to Europe. I wondered what our network planning team has to do to get these flights scheduled and operating. I was certain it was way more complicated than my trip to Florida. My mission was clear: I needed to find out about air network planners and what they must do to launch this new flight.

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Statement on International Shipping Investigation

The following statement was published on the UPS Pressroom at 6:25 PM.

UPS is fully cooperating with authorities around the world as they investigate potentially suspicious packages being shipped through cargo networks.

Because security is of the utmost importance, UPS has suspended service out of Yemen until further notice.

UPS employs a multi-layered approach to ensure security. We have processes, systems and procedures in place designed to protect our people, aircraft and customers’ shipments and they meet or exceed current regulatory requirements globally. We also work routinely with security agencies all around the world to maintain and enhance security. It would be counter-productive to the effectiveness of our security efforts to discuss them publicly.

UPS will continue to partner with authorities, industry and customers to address security issues.

UPS Plane Crash in Dubai: A Very Sad Day for UPSers

As we reported earlier at this blog, a UPS plane crashed in Dubai around 12:00 p.m. EDT today. Two crewmembers were on board the flight and there are no known survivors.

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UPS Plane Accident in Dubai

We’ve confirmed reports that a UPS plane crashed today outside of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates at 12 p.m. EST. The plane was traveling from Dubai to Cologne, Germany with two crew members. At this time, we have not confirmed any casualties. Our thoughts and concerns are with the crewmembers and their families. We will continue to post updates as we learn more details at the UPS Pressroom.

UPS and Louisville International Create a Constellation of Commerce Opportunities

Want to see a shooting star every two minutes? Come out to Louisville International Airport (SDF) around midnight. When you peer into the night sky, its deep blackness is perforated by twinkling points of light stretching to the horizon.

Then you’ll notice something — the lights are moving, rapidly coming right at you. What is this astrological phenomenon? A close encounter? Some kind of cometpallooza? Nope, it’s the nightly arrival of the UPS air fleet at Worldport.

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Commitment to Cleaner Air Earns Award for UPS Airlines

At UPS Airlines, we work hard to reduce our impact on the environment by operating the most fuel-efficient fleet in the cargo industry and aggressively managing our aircraft operations.

Earlier this month, the Coalition for Clean Air recognized our airline with its 2010 California Air Quality Award in the category of Corporate Leadership.

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Aircraft Marshaller Keeps Planes Rolling in and out of UPS’s Busiest Hub

aircraft taxiRunning a successful airline means running a safe airline. Thousands of people around the world help ensure that UPS Airlines’ enviable safety record stays that way. One of those people is aircraft marshaller Rich McCoun.

The veteran marshaller works at the company’s all-points international air hub, Worldport, in Louisville, Ky. The massive hub has its own aircraft docking wings and handles some 226 in and outbound flights a day.

The middle school baseball coach and father of three has been with UPS for 25 years. His job is to make sure his planes are safely and efficiently directed to and from where they need to be.

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