In 2024, UPS will begin using used Boeing 747-8F aircraft.
In 2024, used Boeing 747-8Fs will be added to the fleet of UPS, a shipping firm with headquarters in the US and its own airline.
Its future commitments include “seven new and used Boeing 767-300 aircraft to be delivered in 2023, 21 new Boeing 767-300 aircraft to be delivered between 2024 and 2026, and two used Boeing 747-8F aircraft to be delivered in 2024,” according to its annual report filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Currently, 28 of the 292 aircraft that UPS runs are the 747-8F, according to statistics from ch-aviation.com. On January 31, 2023, Boeing stopped producing the Boeing 747 and gave the last 747-8F to Atlas Air, which will fly it for Apex Logistics, a division of the shipping firm Kuehne+Nagel.
The 747, also known as the Queen of the Skies since Pan American World Airlines (Pan Am) operated the first commercial flight aboard a 747 on January 22, 1970, was one of the aircraft types that Boeing ultimately delivered 1,574 of.
The final version of the Jumbo Jet, the 747-8, was unveiled by the manufacturer in 2005. On October 12, 2011, Cargolux, a cargo airline located in Luxembourg, flew the first 747-8F, and Boeing delivered 155 747-8s total, including 107 cargo-only models and 48 passenger models.
15 of the 107 Boeing 747-Fs that were delivered to airlines worldwide are not currently in service, according to statistics from ch-aviation.com.
12 of these are owned by AirBridge Cargo, a Russian airline whose operations were put on hold in March 2022 as a result of lease agreements being affected by sanctions related to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCCA) suspending airworthiness certificates for aircraft operated by Russian companies. Atlas Air, Korean Air, and Air Belgium are the owners of the other three inactive 747-8F aircraft.