Boeing and United Parcel Service marked the delivery on May 22 of the cargo operator's 50th 767-300 Freighter.

Boeing and United Parcel Service (UPS) marked the delivery on May 22 of the cargo operator’s 50th 767-300 Freighter.

On May 22, 2012, Boeing and UPS celebrated the delivery of the cargo operator’s 50th Boeing 767-300 Freighter. UPS is the world’s largest operator of the 767-300 Freighter. In this photograph, the 767 Freighter takes off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, where Boeing's main widebody final-assembly line is located

UPS Airlines, the air transport division of UPS, is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 767-300 Freighter.

“The Boeing 767 Freighter is the workhorse of our fleet,” said Mitch Nichols, president of UPS Airlines. “This versatile widebody is an important element in UPS’s global logistics network, helping us reach over 200 countries and territories each day.”

The 767 Freighter is based on the Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft. Able to carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tonnes) of revenue cargo with intercontinental range, the 767 Freighter is suitable for developing new long-haul, regional or feeder markets.

Schedule reliability – an airline-industry measure of departure from the gate within 15 minutes of scheduled time – is over 98 per cent for the Boeing 767 family. UPS boasts a 767 Freighter fleet reliability of over 99 per cent, according to Boeing.

In addition to the 50 new 767 Freighters, Boeing also has delivered 75 new 757-200 Package Freighters and eight new 747-400 Freighters to UPS Airlines.

UPS is classified as a cargo “integrator”, like FedEx Express, because it uses many forms of transport and controls shipments from picking them up to delivering them at the end destination to the recipient.

Much of UPS’ business is express package or express cargo delivery.

The Louisville, Kentucky-based logistics services provider has nine more 767 Freighters on order.