Boeing and UPS are to convert three 767 passenger aircraft into Boeing Converted Freighters in a deal signed at the 2017 Paris Air Show.
The aircraft manufacturer predicts 400 widebody conversions will be needed over the next two decades, with strong demand for 767 freighter conversions due to a rise in e-commerce and the express market.
Through the conversion program, Boeing transitions passenger aircraft into freighters extending the economic life.
UPS Airlines President, Brendan Canavan says: “The purchase and conversion of these 767s is a perfect example of how UPS is making smart investments to fuel profitable growth. 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.”
Boeing Global Services president and chief executive officer, Stan Deal says: “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.”
UPS and Boeing have collaborated since 1981 when UPS purchased its first 727s for Next Day Air operations, and was the launch customer for the 767 freighter in 1995.
UPS operates 184 Boeing aircraft and ordered 14 747-8 Freighters in October 2016 with options for an additional 14.