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Twenty-Five Years in the Air: The Silver Anniversary of UPS Airlines
Louisville, 1988

February 1 marks a major milestone for UPS Airlines — 25 years since our first flight on our own operating certificate. The airline set the stage for our worldwide expansion, starting with a single DC-8 flight from Louisville to Milwaukee.

The launch of the airline marked a significant change for UPS. Long-known for dependable delivery of packages across the United States, air operations enabled us to expand internationally. Now we serve more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, and UPS aircraft are a familiar sight at airports across the globe.

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This Friday Night – Worldport on CNBC

So I think this is a first, a UPS blog entry set to Katy Perry’s pop chart topper, Last Friday Night. Only this entry is about this Friday night, Sept. 7, when you should turn on CNBC at 9 p.m. to watch the Ultimate Factories episode featuring Worldport, our international air express hub.

I had the opportunity to work on that show, along with colleagues Jackie Blair and Dan McMackin, and I can tell you it’s really good – probably better than the lyrics below:

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Rescuing Stranded Packages: The Hot-Spares Program (Video)
UPS Hot Spares

UPS Airlines’ hot-spares program has rescued more than 730,000 packages so far this year.  That’s 730,000 potential service interruptions that our customers never saw.

 “UPS dedicates 11 aircraft and 11 flight crews to its hot-spare program Monday through Friday every week to protect packages destined for Next Day Air sorts,” said David Grant, the Flight Operations Contingency supervisor who oversees the hot-spares program. “The planes are geographically positioned at seven air gateways across the United States to allow the company to reach any domestic gateway to rescue volume stranded for various reasons, such as aircraft mechanical problems or volume overflow.”      

A typical hot-spare flight could rescue 10,000 to 20,000 packages, according to Grant.

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UPS Goes Off Limits on the Travel Channel
Travel Channel's Off Limits

I don’t watch a ton of TV, but of the few shows I do watch, I’m crazy about Off Limits.  And lo and behold, after watching the program for over a year I got the chance to help producers of the show tell the story of UPS’s global air hub, Worldport.  I guess it’s my version of “15 minutes of fame.”  I got a chance to work with the show’s host and a really nice production crew, along with all the awesome UPSers who make Worldport the “eighth wonder of the world.”

The first segment aired last weekend.  The show’s host, Don Wildman, took us on a tour of what makes this massive facility so unique – and interesting.  Don got a chance to “fly” in a UPS flight simulator.  It’s as close as you can get to the real thing.  Watch the video of Don taking a tour of our Global Operations Center.

Segment two is airing this Sunday, July 29th, at 9 a.m. on the Travel Channel.  Worldport itself is the center of attention.  Don and his crew take us on a journey to see the miles of conveyors, high tech scanning equipment, in-coming aircraft and the people who make it all seamless to the outside world.  Be sure to check it out.

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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