Aiming to reduce time-in-transit for air freight between the US and specific destinations in the Middle East, UPS has unveiled a new daily non-stop flight from its Worldport air hub in Louisville, KY.
The 7,700 miles route, which lands in Dubai, UAE, will be served with UPS’s new 747-8F freighters and operate on a weekly basis until the 27 February. Following the initial schedule, the flight will be upgraded to a daily that will operate every Tuesday through Saturday.
Jim Barber, president, UPS International, said: “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. Dubai’s importance as a global trade hub increases every day – and we’re now getting there a day faster with our small package express carrier and cargo offerings.
“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.”
As part of its plans to expand its footprint in Dubai, where the company’s headquarters for the Indian Subcontinent Middle East & Africa (ISMEA) region is based, UPS is expected to continue improving its technological and staff capabilities.
Brendan Canavan, UPS Airlines President, said: “Our customers are demanding more capacity, and we’re providing it with this non-stop connection to Dubai.
“UPS has made a strategic investment in 747-8 jumbo jets, the largest aircraft we have ever flown, to offer a sustainable lift on long-range international routes like this.”
In May 2017, UPS was named the official logistics provider for Expo 2020 Dubai.