Boeing and UPS have agreed to the purchase of 14 747-8 Freighters, with an option for the purchase of 14 additional cargo planes.
“These aircraft are a strategic investment for increased capacity for UPS customers around the globe,” UPS Airlines President Brendan Canavan said. “The 747-8 will allow UPS to upsize our network in both new and existing markets.”
Established as the most efficient freighter on a global scale, the 747-8 Freighter provides the lowest cost of operation and the best economics of any similar plane on the market. The 747-8 has features 16 percent more space for revenue cargo compared to the 747-400F. It also creates a 30 percent reduction in airport noise compared to the old model.
"UPS could not have selected a better aircraft to meet its growing business needs," Boeing Vice President of Sales for North America Brad McMullen said. "We’ve continued to make the 747-8 Freighter even better, and we look forward to seeing UPS introduce it to its fleet."
Boeing has delivered 109 passenger and cargo 747-8 airplanes to customers around the world.