UPS 767 Fleet to Get New Look

  UPS 767 Fleet to Get New Look

  UPS Debuts New Winglets to 767 Aircraft to Save Fuel and Reduce Emissions

Business Wire

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- May 07, 2013

UPS (NYSE: UPS) has unveiled a new look for its flagship Boeing 767 fleet by
adding winglets as a part of its sustainability efforts to save fuel and
reduce emissions.

UPS unveils new look for its flagship Boeing 767s by adding winglets as part
of its sustainability e ...

UPS unveils new look for its flagship Boeing 767s by adding winglets as part
of its sustainability efforts to save fuel and reduce emissions. (Photo:
Business Wire)

These wingtip devices, which are arrow-shaped surfaces attached to the tip of
each wing, enhance the overall efficiency of the aircraft, saving fuel by
reducing drag while also lowering noise emissions by improving take-off
performance. The modifications will save UPS more than six million gallons of
fuel each year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 62,000 metric
tonnes. UPS estimates approximately a four percent fuel savings on each 767

“UPS continues to lead the industry in sustainable business practices,” said
David Abney, UPS chief operating officer. “With the widest portfolio of
services in the industry, we are constantly looking for ways to reduce
emissions, and drive down operating costs so our customers have the solutions
they need to compete in a global economy. These winglets are a perfect example
of sustainability in action. They are good business and good stewardship.”

UPS currently operates 54 of the 767 aircraft with five on order. The company
plans to have winglets on all 767 aircraft by the end of 2014. Winglets are
already installed on UPS’s 747, and MD-11 fleets, and the A300-600 has a
similar device called a wingtip fence.

The modifications will add approximately five and a half feet of span to each
wing, and each winglet is 11 feet tall. Aircraft weight will increase by
nearly 3,000 pounds due to the weight of the winglets and the extensive
structural reinforcement of the wing structure. Even at this size and weight,
the winglets will still reduce the amount of fuel used per flight.

Winglets improve the aerodynamics of the wing by extending the length of the
wing and reducing the amount of drag, which is the force that opposes an
aircraft’s motion in the air.

The winglet project is a sustainability initiative implemented by UPS
Airlines. The company already operates one of the cargo sector’s youngest and
most fuel-efficient air fleet, and is working to reduce its carbon intensity
an additional 20 percent by 2020 from a 2005 baseline. Other highlights of the
airline’s fuel conservation efforts include computer-optimized flight routes,
aircraft taxi time management, and alternate-fuel ground support equipment.

“We believe there is always some way you can improve, and we’re applying that
spirit to our environmental efforts,” said UPS Airlines President Mitch
Nichols. “This is a great example of how we can use existing technology to
save money, lessen our impact on the environment and serve our customers more

To learn more about the company’s sustainability initiatives, please visit

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of
solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the
facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology
to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta,
UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can
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